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The Rodster Pickup Is Here
Rodster Front Clip Transforms Your Rusty S-10 Into a "Newstalgic"
by Mike Blake
from the Greek word "nostos," meaning "return home," is defined by
Merriam-Webster as: the state of being homesick,
or a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or
of some past period or irrecoverable condition.
-- there is no actual definition, but this new-age word means: something
new and original that captures the look, feel, and essence of something
treasured from the past.
With the car
industry desperately trying to recapture the past with yesterday's
designs and styles, and the PT Cruiser and Chevy SSR doing their
best to capture teh nostalgia market in trucks, it took a kit car
company to turn that craze into a "newstalgic" truck...
embodied in the Rodster Pickup.
at Rodster Street Rods (dba as Caroselli Design) has been building
the classic-looking Rodster Sedan Delivery for about five years.
He and a customer, Robert Crosbie, a retired Navy CPO from Jones,
Michigan, soon discovered that with a few modification the Sedan
Delivery front clip would fit on a donor S-10 and transform it
into something that out-nostalgias the Chevy SSR; this vision is
marketed as the Rodster Pickup.
several articles in KIT CAR showing off the Sedan Delivery
and discussed the possible front-clip conversion with Caroselli.
After locating a bank-repossessed '93 S-10 short box pickup, the
the donor, relocated the tailgate handle to the inside, and filled
in the original hole. The taillights were discarded, and prefabbed
metal plates were welded in place. The rearview mirrors were removed,
the bed was placed on sawhorses, and the frame was wirebrushed, then
painted wth a rust-preventative coating.
To drop the
truck 3 inches for that low ride, lowering blocks and the front control
arms were installed along withnew Keckethorn Rough Country shocks.
The original 13 gallon gas tank was replaced witha 20-gallon tank,
and a new sending unit and fuel pump were added. Crosbie followed
the easy-to-read-and-use manual and installed the kit-supplied radiator
and electric fan. Next, the bed wheelwells were spaced wider, the
fender flares were epoxied and belted to the bed. The front clip
was fitted by trial and error, as he slotted the mounting boltholes
in the frame.
With the truck
partially assembled -- bed held on by two bolts, and nails for the
door pins -- Crosbie trailered the partially primered truck to Rick
Wheat Paint and Auto Body in Three Rivers, Michigan, who finished
the truck off in a '95 Chevy Metallic Raspberry tinted a couple shades
installation of the grille, hardware, headlights, and some toggle
switches, the truck was ready to roll. Crosbie harvested the donor
for the interior and engine -- a 4.3L V-6 -- and modified the system
with a high-capacity, super-flow catalytic converter and two Cherry
Bomb Turbo II mufflers.
project is so striking that Crosbie said, "I caught one guy taking
a picture with his camera phone while passing me at 55 mph on a two-lane
road." Nostalgic? Certainly. Newstalgic? Absolutely. This was the
first one, but with Rodster promoting this S-10 rebody, teh SSR had
better be looking in its rearview... but not for too long, 'cause
the Rodster Pickup is in passing gear.