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Classic Industries Featured Restorations - Is Your Vehicle Ready?

Here's a quiz question for you that has several answers. Like with many tests, there is only one correct answer. The question is, "What do all of these cars shown in the lead photo have in common? 

Video: Boyd Coddington's '89 GMC Sport Truck on Jay Leno's Garage

The sport truck movement was one of the biggest car culture hallmarks of the 1990s. From factory hot rods like the Chevy 454 SS, Ford Lightning, and GMC Syclone to countless custom builds by enthusiasts across America, the concept of high-performance pickup trucks spread like wildfire. These builds featured more powerful engines, lowered suspensions, custom paint, and sleek, aggressive styling. One of the pioneers of the sport truck movement was California-based hot rod builder Boyd Coddington. In the following video from Jay Leno's Garage, Leno and Coddington's son Chris take a closer look at the 1989 GMC that's credited with starting it all.

The Reformer: ICON's Twin-Turbo 1970 Suburban Restomod

Restomods are often a way of reimagining a classic vehicle for the current year, with upgrades that mimic the parts you'd find on a top-of-the-line brand-new vehicle. But the team at ICON took a different approach to this 1970 Chevy Suburban restomod project, instead choosing to study design and architecture from the 1970s to determine what this truck could have looked like with a different designer from its original era. The result is a sleek and subtle truck with a surprising number of intricate details.

2024 SVE Supercharged Yenko/SC Silverado Off-Road - 4 to Choose From

Let's say you have a 1969 Chevy Yenko Nova or are about to purchase a 2024 SVE Stage III Yenko/SC Camaro, and you need a super tough truck on the occasions that you don't want to drive your rare and approaching priceless American muscle car. The perfect pickup for towing may well be Specialty Vehicle Engineering's recently announced 2024 SVE Supercharged Yenko/SC Silverado Off-Road. 

"The King of Towing" - The Big-Block-Powered Suburban 2500

Today, most SUVs are unibody crossovers equipped with small, fuel-efficient engines. But back in the 1990s, during the heyday of General Motors' GMT400 body-on-frame truck and SUV platform, things were done differently. Both Chevrolet and GMC offered their own versions of the heavy-duty 3/4-ton Suburban 2500 with an optional 454ci big-block engine. This was no four-cylinder pushover or six-cylinder commuter — it was the 7.4L V8-powered beast Motor Trend magazine called "the king of towing." And in addition to its towing capacity, it was big enough to carry the whole family in luxurious comfort.

1971 GMC Jimmy 4X4 Named 'Pearl'

Automotive history reveals that GMC named the Jimmy - the upscale offering of the Chevrolet Blazer - to sound like its much smaller competitor, the AMC Jeep. The Jeep, the International Harvester Scout, and the Ford Bronco (in order of manufacture) originated the breed of small, sporty Jeep sized 4x4 sport utility vehicles (SUVs). 

1954-87 Chevy Truck Bed Restoration: Bedsides, Fenders, Sills, Strips, & Wood Boards

If you're a General Motors short Stepside classic truck owner, you may already know the subtle differences between these 1954-1987 Chevy truck beds and GMC truck beds. However, if you're new to ownership of a GM short-bed Stepside, this article serves to detail the differences to help you find the truck bed parts you need. If your classic Chevy truck bed is in rough shape, you can purchase some new reproduction bedside panels from Classic Industries for your pickup. You might also be able to find a used truck bed in a salvage yard that's in better nick than yours, or buy new old stock (NOS) parts through an online auction site. No matter which path you take to restore your truck, knowing how to identify the different era Chevy truck beds is an essential first step.

Roadster Shop's Legend Series 1979 C10 - "A New Truck Wrapped in an Old Truck"

The concept of a "restomod" is essentially a fusion of old and new components, taking the best of both worlds to create a vehicle that drives like a modern car but has all the appeal of a classic. Roadster Shop's latest in-house project, a 1979 Chevy C10 nicknamed Ole Blue, is a beautiful example of a high-end restomod. By pairing a completely new chassis and Chevrolet drivetrain with the timeless body and interior of this '79 Chevy, the company created what they call "a new truck wrapped in an old truck."

Video: 1000hp Twin-Turbo '55 Chevy Truck

"Don't judge a book by its cover." This old adage is true in many aspects of life, and it's certainly true when it comes to cars. For proof, look no further than this '55 Chevy 3100 truck featured in a recent video from AutotopiaLA. The staggered billet wheels and lowered stance reveal it has some modifications, but you probably wouldn't expect this truck to be producing roughly 1,000 horsepower from a twin-turbo 5.3L LS engine.

1960-1972 Chevy Truck Parts: Lighting Up Your Truck's Cab

Whether you're building a show truck, a daily-driven workhorse, or an occasional-use weekend cruiser, it's sometimes challenging to find all the 1960-1972 Chevy truck parts and accessories that will finish off your ride. Even if they're small and inexpensive components, because of their engineering, design, function, fit, and finish, they can form the basis for items that are categorized as must-have automotive jewelry. Something as prominent as a Bow Tie or GMC emblem that adorns the center of your pickup's nose would be a glaring example of such an exquisite sort of trinket. However, some C10 restoration parts are easier to overlook at first glance.