A side from a few hit movies AND an iconic mainstream song from the Smashing Pumpkins, 1979 didn’t offer a whole lot of extremely reference-able pop culture moments that you can quickly relate to one moment in time. During this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl at Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, “This Old House” premiered on PBS for the first time in the show’s history, America’s most serious nuclear powerplant accident happened at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, McDonald’s first introduced the Happy Meal to kids around the U.S., the Pirates beat the Orioles in the World Series, the Daytona 500 was broadcast live from start to finish for the first time ever on CBS, Nickelodeon debuted on cable television offering 24 hours of children’s television programming, and ESPN launches and becomes the first cable TV station to run a 24 hour sports channel.
Though it wasn’t a great year pop-culture-wise, a lot of important events happened—although I haven’t mentioned my personal favorites quite yet.
In my opinion, the best movie to hit screens in 1979 is “Rocky 2,” the sequel to the 1976 film “Rocky.” This was the last installment in the “Rocky” franchise that was distributed solely by United Artists, and it has one of the most memorable quotes at the end of the film: “Yo, Adrian, I did it!” It also happens to be the year the Chevrolet released a super cool body style that I feel is one of their best. I was also born in ’79, so I may be a little biased in the matter.
Throughout the years, I’ve worked on and owned quite a few cool custom trucks, but I’ve never had that real emotional attachment to any of them enough to keep them. So, when a 1979 Chevy popped up on Facebook marketplace one month before my birthday, my amazing wife sprang into action and managed to buy one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received, and one I never plan on letting go.
This 1979 Chevy C10 originally came with a barely capable 250 CID inline-six engine. This engine had an output of 100 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and a torque of 175 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm. Since it’s a short cargo bed model, this truck has a wheelbase of 117.5 inches, an overall length of 191.3 inches, an overall width of 65.8 inches, and an overall height of 65.8 inches. It’s a fun little truck that looks as cool as it did when it rolled out of the factory, but we plan on making it even cooler! All issues of 2022 will cover this build from start to finish, and we’re not going the route you would probably expect. Think about this: A daily driven, LS-powered, 2WD, slightly lifted Street Truck squarebody. A clean cruiser on 33-inch tires that is built to enjoy, not tear up off-road or tow a ton of weight. Just a fun mall-crawling, downtown driving people pleaser. Let’s break it down.
Powering this pavement prince will be an LS-based engine with all new wiring and electronics. We plan to turn this once classic workhouse into a modern, reliable truck show prize fighter. But first, we need to remove this old small-block.
…when a 1979 Chevy popped up on Facebook marketplace one month before my birthday, my amazing wife sprang into action and managed to buy one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received, and one I never plan on letting go.
We still haven’t decided on wheels, but these are some options we are looking at. Which one would you choose??
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