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Ford vs. Chevy from Classic Car Studio

If you’ve not heard of Classic Car Studio, then you’ve perhaps heard of the TV show, Speed is the New Black. Classic Car Studio is the shop that is featured on the show, and shop owners Noah, Nick, and their team build the high-quality custom vehicles in their 15,000 square-foot shop while also filming the show. Noah stopped by the Hot Rod office in El Segundo, California a while ago and brought two trucks that ain’t your grandpa’s farm truck.

Last season, the guys got the bug to run the HOT ROD Power Tour, and their vehicle of choice was a 1987 Chevy C10 short-bed that, according to Noah is, “Built to beat on.”

For power, they turned to Chevrolet Performance and the supercharged, direct-injected LT4 backed by a sequential T56 transmission and 9-inch rearend, all of which is held off the ground by RideTech suspension. The interior was kept clean and simple with a digital dash and gear indicator, and to top it off, some gradient Recaro bucket seats. These guys rolled in luxury on Power Tour, sporting air-conditioning from Vintage Air.

We went out for a spin around the office and would describe the experience as similar to driving a a giant go-kart because this thing handles with the precision of a pin-striper and the force of a power-lifter. After riding shotgun, Noah threw me the keys. Aside from the Roadkill Muscle Truck, this is one of the fastest things I’ve ever driven and also my first time driving a sequential transmission.

The second truck that Noah brought out was a customer’s vehicle. This 1966 Ford F-100 was built with inspiration taken from home-built road-race cars. The matte finish, brushed trim pieces, and elements like a hand-made radiator shroud purposely have imperfections in them. “If you look at racecars, they’re not nice,” said Noah. Despite that, this truck is gorgeous and the roughness around the edges contributes to the home-built vibe.

The low-slung stance comes courtesy of a Roadster Shop chassis. Huge brakes and light wheels make for a nimble truck that looks as fast as it goes. The gears are selected by a reinforced TKO600 five-speed .

John Kasse built the engine, a 720hp and 730lb-ft. naturally aspirated, 520 cubic-inch big-block Ford. “It doesn’t do a lot of the stereotypical high-performance big-block stuff,” joked Noah. “It starts a little cold blooded, but after that it’s easy to drive.”

The interior is reminiscent of a vintage racecar; only home to what is necessary. Speed Hut’s red-backed and white-lettered GT40 configuration gauges provide what Noah described as an analogue feel and the center console continues that GT40 theme with only the hand brake, shifter, and two cupholders. The driving experience was visceral and violent. The slightest blip of the throttle in most any gear broke the tail loose. This truck would be an absolute riot on a sweeping two-lane road.

The vehicles coming out of the Classic Car Studio are diverse, top-quality rides as demonstrated by examples they brought to the HOT ROD headquarters. To see more of them in action, check out Speed is the New Black on Motor Trend.

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