Week to Wicked Road-Tripper
HOT ROD and Sta-Bil Build a Power Tour Road-Tripper
h2018 is a year of anniversaries: It’s HOT ROD’s 70th anniversary, Chevrolet is celebrating 100 years of pickup trucks, and it’s also Sta-Bil’s 60th anniversary. It’s only fitting, then, that all three entities joined forces in celebration. Sta-Bil, a long-running sponsor of the HOT ROD Power Tour®, wished to participate in our road trip in a different way—as a participant—and its vehicle of choice was a 1958 Chevrolet Apache. Though the Apache was in really nice shape when we got it, the folks from Sta-Bil wanted to make some improvements, namely disc brakes, an overdrive transmission, upgraded cooling system, and more horsepower in the form of an ultra-efficient LS3 engine. No problem—our industry partners were happy to oblige, and we accomplished the transformation in a week’s time in an operation known as Week to Wicked. The transformation took place in our Santa Ana office, where Tech Center Manager Jason Scudellari and assistant Christian Arriero led a team of workers as we transformed the Apache into a capable road-tripper in front of a full video crew who documented the process. The videos are available to view on HOT ROD’s website and Facebook page; check them out and read along as we prepped this pickup for the ultimate road trip.