This 1989 Chevrolet C1500 Restomod has the paint and body of a full custom build, and so we’re glad that the details don’t disappoint
You may pick up on some Corvette themes on the outside, and that gets you ready for a Corvette interior and LS3 power under the hood. Oh yeah… this is the sports car of pickups.
There’s a full thoughtful style to this build, and it starts with the paint. Silver and blue are two terrific complementing colors, especially when they are united by a nice metallic luster. You’ll love to see the quality of the full presentation that even continues in the door jambs, and it all has the clean look of a low-mileage build. And even the custom strobe stripe that tapers along the body is a detailed custom piece. There’s an added sleekness to this build with the custom grille, color-matched front bumper, deleted trim, and smooth rear end with license plate frenched into the tailgate. And not only does the paint have plenty of shine, but so do details like the crystal clear headlights and the polished Budnik wheels that are staggered 18/20 inches front/rear for an aggressive stance. It’s a full custom style, but they also gave it a touch of vintage flair with the real wood laid down for the truck bed floor. But the unique pieces we like the best are pure Corvette. The hood vents are inspired by the C7 Stingray. The recessed door handles have defined the modern era of Corvettes. And the custom roll pan has the C7 Z06 tail lights and makes room for the large quad exhaust tips.
Nothing about the interior is stock. It’s a full Corvette theme done in a bold blue style. It’s a presentation that overwhelms with its vibrant appearance, but don’t forget to recognize the thoughtful details. For example, those bucket seats certainly look Corvette-worthy. And while the blue upholstery looks awesome, the gray contrast stitching means these follow the exterior’s color theme. The door panels and armrest are even done to match. The center console looks expertly adapted from the C6, and the flat-bottom steering wheel is a great C7 Z06 piece. But it’s not just the Corvette elements that impress. This is a loaded pickup with all the best features. It includes cold-blowing air conditioning, power windows, power locks, an alarm, and an AM/FM touchscreen infotainment system w/Bluetooth. Plus, a power driver’s seat, tilt steering column, power steering, and a full upgraded gauge package make sure you get in the ideal position for a sports car/truck.
The reason for the full Corvette theme inside and out is because of what’s under the hood. It’s a fuel-injected 6.2-liter LS3. This is a crate motor where the low mileage on the odometer represents approx what’s on this V8. But the engine covers want to remind you that these were good for a whopping 430 horsepower in the C6 Corvette! It also was built with the right supporting pieces, like a serpentine belt system, electric fans, and a new alternator was added in 2021. The Corvette’s stout 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission was also added so that you have good ratios to handle the full power. And because this is a more confident driving truck you also have four-wheel power disc brakes and the grip of modern sport tires.
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Location: Lutz, Florida, United States