The engine is the original 350 cubic inch “Turbo Fire” V8 that’s ideal in the multi-purpose truck/car. Making 245 horsepower in stock trim, the orange powerplant is content to churn out torque at any speed and laughs at loads in the bed. Painted valve covers and a factory air cleaner are clues that this truck hasn’t been modified, and with power steering and brakes, this hauler is a breeze to maneuver in traffic or parking lots. Cast iron manifolds control heat and noise, feeding a true dual exhaust system with glasspack-style mufflers and turn-downs just under the bumper to keep it looking fairly OEM. The Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and 10-bolt rear mean that you don’t ever have to worry about breakage, and while it’s not show quality underneath, it doesn’t show any signs of trouble, either. Factory Rally wheels are an ideal choice, and sport staggered 225/60/15 front and 275/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials as protection.
Fort Worth, Texas, United States