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2001 Chevrolet 1500 Prerunner - Runnin' Down A Dream

Posted in Features on August 1, 2008
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Look up the word enthusiast, and you'll probably see John Boggio of Upland, California, staring at you from behind the wheel of his '01 Chevrolet 1500 2WD prerunner that was four years in the making. Built as a multipurpose vehicle that John could take to Glamis one weekend and prerun for Chris Robinson's CST Trophy Truck team the next, no expense was spared in creating this red wonder. However, one of the rig's most intriguing features, amidst all of the high-tech suspension components and fabrication work, is its powerplant. It began life as a 6.0L GM Vortech V-8 that was bored and stroked by Keith Craft Motorsports of Plano, Texas, to a displacement of 408 cid that puts out a staggering 460 hp via a Holley HP950 four-barrel carburetor and MSD ignition and distributor system that was engineered by Wegner Motorsports of Markesan, Wisconsin. A custom-built 4L80 race-modified transmission with a TSC torque converter built by Culhane's Racing Transmissions of Lake Elsinore, California, is a perfect match to the engine. "I wanted an engine and transmission setup that I could work on and perform the maintenance to wherever I may be," explained John for his choice of carbureted versus fuel injection for the truck.

So there you have it: a prerunner built for speed, style, and serviceability that will go virtually anywhere its owner wants it to go.

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