What if we said someone is swapping out the combustion engine in an old classic farm truck for a new fully electric Tesla motor. Pretty cool, but you’ve heard that one before, right? That’s what Mike Rolleri and the crew at Salvage to Savage thought when they were planning their next big build. So, when someone mentioned adding a second Tesla motor in the front, brainpower overtook horsepower and the excitement built up faster than the price tag, which is going to be massive at this end of this build. Do you think that factor even once left a doubt in Mike’s mind? With this one, money doesn’t exist, and only the absolute best will be considered. On top of all that, Mike decided it would be a good idea to film it all and share the progress a few times per week on their quickly growing YouTube channel. Based on the soaring numbers their videos get, we would say it was possibly his best decision to date, but we are media makers also, so we can relate!
This single location speed shop is based in Boca Raton, Florida, and they are always looking to push the boundaries. Here’s their motto: “We are misfits, proud to stand out from the crowd on a daily basis. We are fast flyers, ass kickers, name-takers, and heartbreakers.” With a tagline like that, their work must be good. The completion goal for this build is SEMA 2021 and, based on their current progress, it looks like they will make it with time to spare. The project has had a few unexpected issues when it came to understanding how to operate an all-wheel drive powered truck, but after making some very valuable relationships in the EV world, Mike’s team cleared the problem path and are now on their way to victory.
…after making some very valuable relationships in the EV world, Mike’s team cleared the problem path and are now on their way to victory.
The Tesla motors are from 2017 Model3 vehicles and are the large range units. The original specs for this motor were 220 miles of range, a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Now imagine two of those powering an Army Green 1985 Chevy C10 truck. It’s going to be wild! The truck will need multiple coolant radiators and fans from Mishimoto to keep temperatures in check, and all the fitting and hoses came from Earls and Holley Performance. The chassis wiring harness is from Street Smartwire Power Control. A Tesla gear reduction and custom built 1500-hp half-shafts from the Driveshaft Shop transfers the power to the wheels. Wilwood front brakes and Tesla rear brakes bring the truck to a stop along with a Tesla master cylinder. All this technology and engineering can’t go onto that old Chevy frame, so the Salvage to Savage crew built an all-new chassis with a 117-inch wheelbase. The suspension components are comprised of parts from a C6 Corvette, Tesla Model3 along with springs from Belltech Suspension.
Toyo R888 tires reside at all four corners and protect those amazing 20×12 Finspeed wheels from touching the ground. New body panels from Auto Metal Direct were a no-brainer, but even some of those parts would get the custom treatment as well. The fenders were cut, and an all-carbon fiber wide body is going to be installed. Door handles from a Nissan GTR will be a trick addition, and a big window kit will give it a cool custom detail not many will notice. Finally, to top off all the madness, the truck body will be will be combined from front to back to create one long unibody. We can’t wait to see it!
Rounding off the list of major mods are the interior upgrades. A 1 5/8-inch chromoly roll cage was built to perfection and a custom carbon fiber dash and door panel combo was formed in house. Billet Restomod A/C vents and controls along with a Haltech IC7 gauge panel and a Status steering wheel is all that they need to cruise.
“Nothing is impossible,” says Mike, and after this ambitious undertaking, it’s clear that there is a new talent in town.
And just like MMA fighter Conor McGregor once said, “They’re not here to take part, they’re here to take over!”
- Boca Raton, FL
- 1985 Chevy C10 Squarebody
- Shop: Salvage to Savage
- Twin 2017 Model3 large range units
- Coolant radiators and fans from Mishimoto
- Fitting and hoses Earls and Holley Performance
- Chassis harness from Street Smartwire Power Control
- Tesla gear reduction
- Custom built 1500-hp half-shafts from the Driveshaft Shop
- Wilwood front brakes with Tesla rear brakes
- Tesla master cylinder
- Salvage to Savage
- chassis with an 117-inch wheelbase
- C6 Corvette front
- Tesla Model3 rear
- Belltech springs
- Toyo R888 tires
- 20×12 Finspeed
- Custom Unibody Exterior
- Auto Metal Direct Bumpers
- Auto Metal Direct Grille
- S2S Carbon fiber wide body kit
- Nissan GTR door handles
- Big rear window conversion
- 1 5/8 -inch chromoly roll cage
- Carbon Fiber dash
- Carbon Fiber door panels
- Billet Restomod A/C vents and controls
- Haltech IC7 gauge panel
- Status steering wheel
- Rockford Fosgate stereo equipment