Despite the fact that it sounds insane, hopping from one place then onto the next, searching for the ignored old-style pickup truck and spending tons of money to restore the jalopy’s former appearance and stepping up its performance, the outcomes are staggering – it transforms into a fortune.
There are small firms in the Gauteng region that will carry out the activity for you, sourcing the suitable Nissan or Isuzu skeleton, fitting the V8 [you don’t need an old diesel four-cylinder in your custom pickup] and rigging the proper automatic gearbox and wheels.
Such PickUp trucks will just be some attractions at The Classic Car Show at the Nasrec Expo Center outside Soweto on July 1, just off the N1 highway, south-east of Johannesburg.
More than 1 000 classics of various types will be on display.
At the most recent Classic Car Show held in December 2017 at the same venue, the most eager PickUp Truck was a six-wheeler with tilting bodywork to run with its strong Chevy V8 running gear, and it was one star of a show that included more than 1000 classics, rods, and muscle autos.
Those interested currently consider Any Chevy from the late 1930s to the mid-1970s, a classic in the pickup truck stakes, like Fords and Dodges from a similar period.
These vehicles were altogether sold here [South Africa].
They consider International Pickups, available here in the late 1960s and the mid-1970s are also cool, as they are considerably rarer than Fords and Chevys.
At that point, there are more obscure makes, for example, Fargo, which also have the correct look.
You also get Chevy variations known as GMCs, which are difficult to distinguish from the Chevy equal, and these were all available in South Africa available to be purchased.
Also with all features of great auto reclamation nowadays, there is a wide range of schools of thought with regards to arranging a Pickup Truck rescued from the car cemetery.
As the owner, you can restore the truck by going the classic route, where you breathe life into the truck back in the shape like when it left the manufacturing plant.
Or on the other hand, you can go for a mild custom, where you fit a V8 motor and reasonable gearbox and fit American style wheels, and a non-period metallic paintwork.
Or on the other hand, you can go the whole dropped-to-the tarmac route where you bring down the old bakkie with a shorter stiffer suspension to give it that mean road-hugging boldness.
Fire paint-work, chrome, perhaps a scoop for a blower [supercharger] and an unbelievably tweaked interior and as wild sound.
They are to a great degree basic, with a bench seat and a gauge for speed, fuel, and oil pressure.
So your restoration is straightforward and doesn’t include importing dozens of interior and exterior trim units from the USA, to make the PickUp to look like it.
Quite apart from the plethora of V8s, hot roads, custom autos, pick-ups and 100 percent original classics, there will also be a lot of excitement on offer.
This will include a special Japanese vs. German modern classic display, special prawns on sale to eat, as well as other tasty cuisine and a beer garden, live music, helicopter rides, drifting at the Nasrec skid pad, stalls selling motor-related paraphernalia and clothing and much, much more.
The gates open at 8 am and the show runs until 4 pm.
Drivers of Classic Cars which are at least 30 years old will be admitted free of charge, along with one passenger. Additional passengers in classic cars will have to pay full admission price.
Tickets are available now from Computicket at R60 for adults and R20 for children under 12, and at R80 for adults and R20 for under-12s at the gate on July 1.
For more information visit www.classiccarshow.co.za, or contact the organiser, Paulo Calisto, on 066 057 5425.