As trucks and SUVs have become more popular with consumers, classic models have been embraced by the restomod community. The latest comes from Rtech Fabrications and it’s a 1966 Chevrolet Crew Cab pickup dubbed the Ponderosa.
Built from the ground up, the truck is based on a 1972 C30 chassis and features an immaculate two-tone body with a matching 1966 Chevrolet grille. The truck also features factory bumpers, power deployable running boards and a 12,000 lbs (5,443 kg) Warn winch.
The retro styling continues in the cabin as the truck has a painted dashboard, old school gauges and green vinyl / cloth seats which mimic those used in 1966. Other highlights include a Bluetooth-compatible RetroSound Hermosa head unit, a custom center console and a “period-correct nav system” which is a compass.
While the body is from Chevy, the truck has a Dodge heart as Rtech installed a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine from a 1996 Ram pickup. That might sound like an odd choice, but the mill has been completely overhauled as it features Mahle pistons, a new camshaft, a BD Diesel manifold and an upgraded turbocharger. The engine also boasts new injectors, a K&N intake and a Flowmaster 4-inch exhaust system. Thanks to these and other changes, the engine produces approximately 550 hp (410 kW /558 PS) and 1,300 lb-ft (1,763 Nm) of torque.
The engine is connected to a five-speed automatic transmission which sends power a heavy-duty NP205 transfer case. The truck has also been equipped with custom driveshafts and Dana 60 / 70 axles which have 4.10 gearing and G2 aluminum covers.
Other notable features include a hardcore suspension with Skyjacker leaf springs, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks and rear traction bars that also function as lift blocks. There’s also a 60 gallon (227 liter) fuel tank, an upgraded steering system and 20-inch wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers tires.
Thanks to all the changes, the truck looks phenomenal. However, it’s pretty expensive as Rtech says pricing starts at $150,000.