A rare find made even more amazing thanks to some cool upgrades, that's this 1971 GMC Sierra Grande pickup which originally came with a 396CI big block. There are thousands of these trucks still on the road, which only proves that they're tough and popular. As useful as they are fun to drive, a vintage truck is a great way to get into the hobby and still make the argument that it isn't a toy. However, when it's packing a 427 cubic inch V8 topped by a Tri-Power setup, that argument is tougher to make. Or maybe not-imagine how much trailer this powerful regular cab/short bed hauler could pull.
Always a solid southern truck, this one sports a recent paint job in the original colors, code 463 White and Ochre, and the work is nicely done. Being from a warm, rust-free climate really helps, and this truck is very straight and solid inside and out. These trucks are handsome no matter how they're dressed, and the unusual color combination fits this one well. The bed has a beautifully finished oak floor, which is protected by a vinyl bed cover when there's nothing to haul. There's also a lot of fresh chrome and polished stainless pieces, too, giving it a restored look that probably cost a lot more than the asking price.
But the real story on this heavy hauler is under the hood. This truck was originally equipped with a relatively uncommon L47 396 cubic inch big block, but living between the fenders today is an 'LE' coded 1969 427. A complete Tri-Power carburetor setup was sourced and affixed to the 335 horsepower big block, resulting in a fabulous Corvette look and serious power under the hood of this truck. From the familiar triangular air cleaner to the ribbed cast aluminum valve covers, this is an engine that was clearly built to perform and look good while doing it. You'll also notice upgrades like a Vintage Air A/C system, a giant radiator, as well as power steering and brakes, which make it a pleasure to drive. It exhales through a set of long-tube headers into a true 2.5-inch dual exhaust system that features Flowmaster mufflers. A TH400 3-speed automatic channels the horsepower to a rugged GM 12-bolt rear end with highway-friendly 3.08 gears and Positraction. Looking around underneath, you'll be pleased to see the incredibly solid frame with zero rust or damage, as well as clean original floors. The shocks are recent, and it rolls on great-looking Eagle alloy wheels wearing 31x10.50R15LT radials.
Like the engine bay, the interior is a combination of original and upgraded parts that add up to a great driver's compartment. Fresh white vinyl covers the bench seat and door panels, and it's a great contrast to the painted dash and tan carpets underfoot. The original gauges have been retained, including the rare factory tachometer, and the A/C controls are from Vintage Air. A wood-rimmed Grant GT steering wheel gives it an upscale feel, and entertainment comes from a nicely fitted modern stereo head unit that required no cutting or modifications to the original dash.
This is one of those vehicles that you just couldn't duplicate for the asking price. Someone spent a lot of time and money building this gorgeous GMC-heck the engine alone is probably worth a third of the sticker price. With solid bones and tasteful upgrades, it will be a welcome addition to any show and can still work for a living when it has to. If you're tired of looking at muscle cars at every show you go to, take this GMC and watch the crowds line up to look at a muscle truck for a change.
This vehicle is located in our Atlanta, GA showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.