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Love=Turbo 5.3L LS in a 1960 GMC Truck #HRPT18

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 7/31/2018 Hot Rod Network Staff
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Chevrolet Performance Presents HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire.

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Just when you think there are no more deals on the internet, a new community appears stocked with original owners selling cars without a markup. The place is the Swap-a-Rama Facebook group run by Boris Maryanovsky, of Euclid, Ohio. That's where regular lurker Jack Christian found this 1960 GMC in trendy rusted condition.

"Boris posted it, and five minutes later, I called him and bought it sight-unseen for $4, 500," says Christian. "You can fake patina, but it's not as good as real stuff." The truck was immediately sent to Street Machinery for the "Boris Treatment" of lowering, swapping, and sorting, so the truck could go on the HOT ROD Power Tour. That's where we caught up to him.

When Boris started to build, he suggested a 72mm turbo instead of air conditioning. There was only room for one. "The choice was easy," says Christian, "Air conditioning is overrated."

The engine is a 5.3L LS crate from Chevrolet Performance. The intake is a casting made to look like a 1957 fuelie made by LS Classics in Cleveland, Ohio. The GM ECU and modern injectors are disguised, and the coils are hidden under Billet Specialties valve covers.

To get it low, Boris relies on RideTech air springs, and he also favors the Billet Specialties rims for the rake. The rest of the job includes new chrome trim and bumpers, and a bright custom interior with Dakota Digital gauges.

The build took about 18 months. It has a 4L70E overdrive, a 12-bolt, and makes 550 rwhp so it was ready to do 2,500 miles on the Tour right out of the shop. "I drive it like a truck that is also a sleeper/racecar type of thing," said Christian. "I surprise people with it everyday."

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