Classic Car Studios '86 Chevy Silverado packs Z06 LT4 heat

Noah Alexander is the host of Velocity’s Speed is the New Black, and he’s the owner of St. Louis-based Classic Car Studios. He swung into California driving his 1986 Chevy Silverado and we got the chance to take a look at his former shop truck.
It’s not much more than that…
Under the hood sits a GM-sourced LT4 supercharged V6. That’s the engine you’ll find on the Corvette Z06, and it makes about 650 horsepower. Backing it up is a Tremec gearbox routed through a sequential shifter. It’s odd at first, but soon it starts to make sense.

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Beneath the skin of the truck is a full RideTech suspension setup, as this pickup is now used for autocrossing. It corners flat, stops quick thanks to Wilwood brakes, and has plenty of grip with the Continental tires wrapped around the massive HRE wheels.
Besides the engine, the best part is the original paint and patina. This looks like a mellow old truck, minus the clear upgrade in the wheel department. Fire it up though, and the LT4 roars through the Magnaflow exhaust.
This… is a real deal Hoon Truck.

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5 responses to “Classic Car Studios '86 Chevy Silverado packs Z06 LT4 heat”

  1. Dion Walters Avatar
    Dion Walters

    Was your face sore from smiling so much? Your dentist got free advertising for 12min. Awesome.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      It is such a rad truck

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    It is undoubtedly awesome (and I love the color/patina), but with what sounds like an almost unlimited budget, I would expect nothing less. Honestly, how much do you think is invested in that “shop truck”?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      100k, and he said as much off camera
      Edit: Now to be fair, it’s possible to do something similar for far less. The most expensive bit (assuming you can do the work yourself in your garage) would be sourcing and installing the road-race ready suspension setup.
      Find a used LS3 or even an LQ. Use far less expensive wheels. Brakes would still be a bit pricey if you want real stopping power. But it’s possible to pull this off for less, with less expensive but still good parts.
      Regardless, the CCS truck is still rad even though it would be pricey to exactly duplicate.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        Wow. It is a pretty sweet creation, for sure. I’ve been toying with the idea of a sedate-on-the-outside, mean-underneath truck for a while now. This one provides good inspiration!

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