Big Rig Dreamin’: Kenworth Cab on Pickup Frame

Yes, almost every boy goes through a big rig infatuation, or at least those raised in the 70s did. We suspect that’s what drove this adult realization of the Kenworth dream.

What we have here is a Kenworth cab on a 1978 Chevy dually pickup chassis. The engine is an Isuzu/GMC 5.9L diesel inline six.  The seller mentions having a turbo and air compressor available for the engine.  The trans is a GM Turbo 400 automatic.

The seller provides a good deal of information on the status of this project and points out that it does need paint.  The chassis, however, was painted when the truck was built, and rust inhibitor was used.

Sadly, the seller provides only three images, none of which show the interior or engine.  Even more sadly, the price seem to be in the “crack pipe” range.

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Plymouth, IN, USA
$33,000 BIN with offers considered and four days to go

A good amount of work went into making this oddity and the result is not boring.  Stacks are a nice touch!

From the front, you’d almost think this was a full-scale semi.

Wheels look rather puny, but keeping the size close to pickup stock should be easier on the parts and should keep tire prices down.

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Kenworth Pickup Truck (Like a Street Rod) 5.9 Diesel
204 miles on this unique truck.   The Day cab is new and is stock, not cut or modified.  This cab has
electric windows,
electric wipers
2 new Elderado VIP seats (1 is air ride)
new interior
stainless steel heated mirrors
auto meter instruments
tinted glass
chrome stacks
stainless steel heat shields

Just the new cab alone would cost nearly $30,000 to replace from Kenworth.  The front hood and fenders are one piece.  (I have the fiberglass molds for it and rear fiberglass fenders, I would consider offers for them).  The frame and suspension was sandblasted and painted with chemical resistive epoxy. Power steering and brakes, differential is a posi-traction.  Frame is from a 1978 Chevy dully.  I chose these parts because of ease of getting parts and reasonable priced.  They are heavy duty like the rest of this truck. The bed is built from box tubing and I used stainless steel for outside.  Rear bumper is SS covered.  The 5.9 diesel is from GMC  W6 and has 52,000 miles on it.  ISUZU was 35% owned by GM.  This motor is know as the million mile motor and is tuff and very economical.  I checked mileage on the truck twice and it gets 29/30 miles per gallon.  I have the Turbo (complete) for the motor and also have air compressor.  They are not installed but included with truck.  The motor is nice!!

The motor has an adaptor plate with the Chevy bolt pattern.  Transmission is a 400 turbo hydramatic with a gear vendors overdrive.  With the  Chevy bolt pattern, a  manual trans. can be installed if you don’t like the 400 TH. I have the ISUZU shop repair manual and parts manual that are included. Motor is a pre emissions and not computerized and no sensors, easy to service.

The truck needs the hood, fenders, and bedsides sanded and painted.  The paint on cab came from Kenworth- is new and in nice condition.  I have built 3 of these trucks and wanted trucks that were tough and easy to service with easy to get parts if needed.  No emissions or computers to deal with.  Good fuel mileage.  The truck was built to last a lifetime!

Other things the truck needs: wheels polished, tires changed (have 4 good tires that go with the truck) tailgate hinges and latches installed.

I have driven this truck 204 miles and it is nice.  I built this truck 10 years ago and did not get around to painting it.  A little paint and some minor things and you will have a unique super pick up truck.  A real eye catcher and fun to drive. This truck must be seen to appreciate the quality and time I spent building it.  I have considerably more $$$ in it than I am asking for it. This truck can be changed to your liking!!! This truck does not have a warente and is sold as is.

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I added the last photo of one of the other Kenworth pick up trucks I own [the red one]. It is nearly the same truck except it has a W900 grill.

I have had a lot of interest in my truck and a lot of ???
Yes I can sell it with out the motor and trans.   
Yes it can be changed to a 4×4 , I did it to my other truck that is nearly the same frame You can see the truck, it was an ez change over.  

Semi-Based, Big-Nose Pickup

Apparently, one can take a 1963 Autocar semi truck cab and hood and mate than to a bed on a one-ton Chevy frame.  We know this only because the result is today’s feature Oddimobile.

What’s an Autocar, you ask?  Apparently, the automaker started in Pennsylvania in 1897 with cars and became a truck-only company as of 1912.  Though it has changed hands, the brand is still around in the garbage/recycling truck industry.  Why not celebrate that heritage with a strange, custom vehicle?

For better or worse, there is not a giant diesel under that hood.  This beast is now powered by a 350 Chevy.  The owner was building it up with a twin turbo setup, which is included in the sale, but it not yet installed.

Whether or not the reserve is not, the market will speak to the value here.  This one’s hard to call.

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San Marcos, TX
$5,655 with 23 bids, reserve not met and 12 hours to go

From the front, this almost looks like it could be a stock vehicle of some sort.

The metal work looks good from the back, but the tail lights let it down a bit.

Interior appears to be all custom, including the rather interesting custom wood (or wood-like) flooring.

Gauge layout is a bit odd, with the largest (speedo?) in the center.

Here’s a quick view of the engine.

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Clear Texas title- titled as a 1963 Autocar pickup. Local pickup in San Marcos Texas or you arrange the shipping and I cooperate. 

1963 Autocar DC-7564 Semi Truck cab and hood- It is made of thick metal and very solid/straight.  The body is on a modified Chevy 1 ton chassis. It weighs 4900 Pounds.  This truck runs good, drives good, stops on a dime,  and also comes with a complete twin turbo kit and some other parts. The extra parts are all brand new. Lots of good stuff.

Engine- Chevy 350- has a new serpentine belt, one wire alternator, new chrome timing chain cover and seal, new water pump seal, new chrome alternator, new belt tensioner, new oil pan gasket, demon blow thru carb (700 dollar carb), polished intake manifold, stainless steel braided spark plug wires. Also has a new melling high flow oil pump and HEI distributor with black cap.

Transmission- TH400 automatic with a B&M shifter, good seals, clean fluid. The top bell housing bolts can be accessed through the engine bay. It has a chrome torque converter cover.

Rear end- Chevy dually, solid, 14 bolt rear end with chrome cover, painted drum brake backplates. New Timken 2081 seals, working parking brake.

Exhaust- T3 turbo headers with modular 3″ v-band exhaust (expensive).  

Cooling- flex fan, polished hi flow long water pump, 190degree thermostat, good radiator, doesn’t overheat or leak.

Bed- custom fabricated from thick metal. The rear fender flares are from a Chevy apache, and mounted firm. There is a steel framed bed cover which is hinged behind the cab and has new wood painted brown. Fuel cell in bed. I have an original “Autocar Diesel” emblem that is 20 inches long. It would look good on that flat part above the license plate.

Steering- has nice and light power steering, tilt Chevy steering column with working switches. New stainless steel/mahogany steering wheel. Chevy bowtie engraved on the horn button. New tie rods, ball joints and some other suspension parts.

Brakes- master cylinder mounted on frame and has access panel from inside the cab, good brake booster with new silicone vacuum hose, rebuilt drum brakes with thick material, new fluid, thick front brake pads with good rotors. It brakes smooth without any wheel shake or pedal pulse. Has a brake proportioning valve adjustable from inside the cab.

Lights – all of them work.

Cab/body- two bucket seats, wood floor, seat belts, all five gauges on the dash work, as do the turn signal indicators. It also has power windows in the doors and back of the cab. New pioneer cd player, no speakers yet. New hood latches with spares. Has a receiver hitch for towing and working wire harness for trailer lights.

Tires- All four tires are in good shape, hold air, and have good tread. 1 Spare tire & wheel included.

Electrical- I use heat shrink tubing everywhere, with solid crimps and quality connectors of correct size.

The door glass is cracked and needs to be replaced. The windows are still in place, go up and down smoothly, and keep out the rain, but will need to be replaced. The front windows and rear window are good.

***************Parts list-all new/never installed, all included in the sale price. 
 2 t3/t4 hybrid turbos with gaskets and fittings
 all oil feed lines for turbos and junction block
 2 oil drain lines for turbos
 polished dual intake plenum and gasket
 adapters, silicone pieces and cast aluminum piping to connect turbos to intake.
 polished blow off valve
 t bolt clamps 
 vacuum lines for wastegates 
 2 air filters for front of turbos
 2 2.5-3″ vband adapters and clamps to connect turbos to current exhaust(dumps below firewall)
 chrome oil pan with thick gasket and 2 oil return line bungs to be installed (no welding)
 chrome power steering pump
 polished pulley kit
 chrome starter
 stainless steel radiator hose kit
 chrome windshield wiper kit

extra original emblem