Supplying the power is a 4.3-liter Chevy V6, below, fitted with handmade headers and topped off with a GMC 6-71 supercharged and single four-barrel carburetor. It took no less than 26 different handcrafted and machined components to mate the new Chevy engine and five-speed transmission to the existing drivetrain and chassis.
Backing up the engine is a Tremec five-speed with a 0.46 ratio overdrive, allowing 65-mph cruising speeds with the 5.89-to-l geared differential. Fiedler upgraded the brakes with power discs and fitted the truck with Hummer tires mounted on special wheels supplied by Stockton Wheel Service. There’s a hand-fabricated emergency disc brake installed in the transfer case.
The Radio Car’s bare bones interior was retained with some extra goodies. The tilt steering wheel hooks up to a ’64 Dodge counter-rotating four-wheel-drive steering box mounted behind the front axle assembly. Bare steel floors in the rear now feature luxurious polished wood panels. Tongue-in-cheek (Area 51, UFO) military livery completes Paul Fieldler’s conversion of a kick-ass vintage military vehicle.
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