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Car Craft Summer Nationals 2017 Josh Munson’s 1966 Chevrolet Suburban

Jacob Davis Jul 24, 2017
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Creating something different when just about everything has been done has become a rather difficult task, but Josh Munson and his team at Green Mountain Gear Heads in Williston, Vermont combine a whole lot of creativity and ingenuity to push the envelope further. This is the 1966 Chevrolet Suburban with absolutely perfect patina they brought to the Amsoil Undiscovered Builders showcase at the 2017 Chevrolet Performance Car Craft Summer Nationals. It changes things up a bit because it's powered by a twin-turbo Ford engine.

After an employee found the vehicle sitting behind a house, they hauled it to the shop and got to work upgrading or replacing virtually everything except for the completely original body. They grabbed a 5.4L Modular V8 out of an old Ford truck and went through it, replacing the internals with forged components from Ford Racing and Manley as well as adding a Comp stage 2 turbo cam. After going through the bottom end, they swapped on a set of Navigator heads and adapted a Holley Sniper EFI Coyote intake manifold to fit. Somehow that still wasn't good enough for Josh, so he went to work making a set of custom headers and all the plumbing to incorporate a complete Precision Turbo system into the vehicle taking it to the next level.

Combining such a radical engine with the killer look of a patina Suburban slammed on air ride suspension truly makes for a unique and interesting ride that gets lots of attention anywhere it goes.

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The perfect patina combined with twin turbos hanging out in the open for all to see make this vehicle catch your eye.

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Josh Munson is just 26. He's a passionate car builder with an impressive skill set to make unique creations that we're excited to see more of.

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The modular 5.4L V8 Ford combined with a Holley Sniper intake manifold from a Coyote engine looks just right under the hood of this old Chevy.

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Josh and his team mounted the twin Precision turbos out in the open for everyone to see. Those are the initials of their shop name cut into the fender liner with a water jet.

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The interior is clean and simple with recovered, original seats and a floor sprayed with Lizard Skin and topped with rubber mats. Check out his homemade air ride control system under the center of the dash.

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The Dakota Digital gauges bring in a touch of modern technology into the relatively stock interior.

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To hide the air compressor for the air ride suspension, Josh bolted an old cooler to the floor and stuck it inside. As a bonus, the cooler isolates the compressor noise, keeping it nice and quiet in the truck.

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This old suburban has plenty of cargo room, making it perfect for any adventure, and the old luggage just adds to the overall look.



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