Week to Wicked Road-Trip­per

HOT ROD and Sta-Bil Build a Power Tour Road-Trip­per

Hot Rod - - Everyday - John Mc­Gann HOT ROD Staff

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.

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