Overkill Racing building a shop truck like no other

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This is the best first example of truth in advertising for 2022. When the chief of Overkill Racing and Chassis in Woods Cross, Utah decided he wanted a retail truck, he teamed up with digital designer Abimelec Arellano and Engle Brothers Fabrication to create a vintage Chevy pickup turned into a 6×6 with six doors. Not only that, but if we are to believe the details on Instagram, the store has emphasized the ‘about’ in Overkill by making this truck more than it looks and not what it seems. The Overkill Insta account says the original pick was a Chevrolet C50 pickup, Chevy’s second-generation two-ton light truck, which is equivalent to a 5500-series truck today. Over time, that selection morphed into a 1968 C60, the heavy two-ton, a 6500. So underneath that modified half-ton bodywork is a frame that usually sits under an industrial chassis cab or dump/box truck. Those beasts often came with a single rear axle with dual rear wheels, but there are plenty with dual rear axles for the plug-and-play 6×6 look Overkill goes for.

Only there is no such frame, because Overkill makes a tubular frame chassis for this. Apparently it’s a standout practice session for the C10 tube chassis kit Overkill plans to sell this summer. And because overkill—in case we haven’t said that enough—the two choices for stance were 1) jacked up on 40s or 2) belly scraper. We assume this build will use more airbags than the Austin bagpipes to lower those canopies that pretend to be fenders over those huge, chrome-plated ten-lobe rims. The store hasn’t said what will live in that engine compartment; the largest engines available in the original truck were a 366-cubic-inch V8 and a 479-cubic-inch six-cylinder diesel, neither of which we expect to make the final cut.

After more than a year in the serious planning phase, we are told that this unnamed blue and gray monster is taking its first steps towards reality. It seems no one knows for sure how long it will take to build, but the joking hashtag for now is #SEMA2030. While we’d expect it sooner, an eight-year build wouldn’t be surprising, nor something to be ashamed of for those in other jobs. However, it would look wild among all the electric cars. Before that, we can see what’s in the water in Woods Cross and what kind of store needs a truck like that.

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