'79 Chevy Pickup
No-Rust Warrior
Mike Thurman didn't intend for this '79 Silverado to turn into a hot rod project. He bought the truck from the previous owner who lived in California, so even with almost 300,000 miles on the clock, there was next to no rust. Even the commonly rusted areas were clean. The plan was to rebuild the 350-inch small-block and TH350 automatic transmission to use as a beater workhorse. That plan changed when he realized how much of a treasure this California truck was. He could never trick out his trucks because of the extensive damage from water and salt. Now that he has a truck with a solid base, he can build it up and save it from the elements that would surely destroy it.

Ray Anderson of Anderson Custom Cars helped Thurman prep the body for the two-tone burgundy and silver paintjob that fits with the factory maroon interior. Once the truck was home from paint, Thurman began to upgrade the suspension with drop spindles and shackles to create the stance of a performance machine. The tired 350 was replaced with a GM Performance Parts small-block. Surrounding that are all the fun parts Mike loved including headers, Edelbrock EnduraShine intake, GM HEI distributor, and a modern 134a A/C system. The build is coming to a close; just some small projects including body assembly remain before the truck hits the road.

BY THE NUMBERS
1979 CHEVY SILVERADO
Mike Thurman • Washington, IL290 hp
ENGINE
Type: GMPP 290hp 350ci small-block Chevy
Block: iron
Rotating assembly: cast crank and pistons
Cylinder heads: GM iron
Induction: Edelbrock EnduraShine Performer RPM intake,
Edelbrock 1406 carb with electric choke
Ignition: Summit HEI
Exhaust: Summit ceramic-coated long-tube headers
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: TH350 by Brad Grimm
Rear axle: GM 12-bolt, 3.73 gears, posi
CHASSIS
Front suspension: Summit 2.5-inch drop spindles
Rear suspension: Summit 4-inch drop shackles
Brakes: 11-inch disc front, drum rear
WHEELS/TIRES
Wheels: painted steel 15-inch
Tires: TBD