Revamping Classics: The LS-Powered GMC Pickup by Stoner’s Speed Shop

Revamping Classics: The LS-Powered GMC Pickup by Stoner’s Speed Shop

Stoner’s Speed Shop, renowned for its expertise in restomod trucks, showcased their craftsmanship at Holley LS Fest East (2022) with a stunning 1959 GMC pickup. Hailing from Hudson, Iowa, the truck turned heads at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Beech Bend Park, demonstrating the pinnacle of modern engine technology in a vintage package.

Engine and Performance
Under the hood of this 1959 GMC pickup roars a Chevrolet Performance LS376/480 Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System. This powerhouse delivers an impressive 495 horsepower and 473 lb-ft of torque, enhanced by a Hot Cam setup to optimize airflow through its L92 cylinder heads. Paired with a SuperMatic 6L80-E six-speed automatic transmission, the truck ensures both power and smoothness on the road.

Design and Customization
While the exterior retains its original patina-style red paint and classic white grille, Stoner’s team meticulously customized nearly every aspect of the vehicle. Sitting on a BSI chassis, the truck boasts bespoke Detroit Steel wheels wrapped in Diamondback tires, complemented by Wilwood brakes for enhanced stopping power.

Inside, the meticulous craftsmanship continues with a pristine interior by Joel Maddox at Boss Interior, perfectly matched with an oak bedliner installed by Stoner’s team. The combination of vintage aesthetics and modern comfort underscores Stoner’s commitment to both style and performance.


  • Chevrolet Performance LS376/480 Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System
  • Horsepower: 495 hp
  • Torque: 473 lb-ft
  • Engine Type: LS3-based with Hot Cam upgrade
  • Transmission: SuperMatic 6L80-E six-speed automatic
  • Intake: Holley
  • Front Drive System: Holley
  • Valve Cover Adapters: Billet Specialties
  • Radiator: Be Cool


  • Chassis: BSI chassis
  • Wheels: Detroit Steel custom-cut
  • Tires: Diamondback tires
  • Brakes: Wilwood brakes
  • Suspension: Air-ride suspension
  • Rear End: Quick Performance nine-inch rear end

The LS-powered 1959 GMC pickup exemplifies Stoner’s Speed Shop’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of classic truck restoration. With its blend of heritage styling and cutting-edge LS engine technology, this truck not only captures attention but also delivers an exhilarating driving experience. For enthusiasts and collectors alike, it represents the perfect fusion of old-school charm and modern engineering prowess.

Stoner’s Speed Shop continues to redefine the possibilities of LS engine swaps, proving that creativity and craftsmanship are at the heart of every project they undertake.

Source: Chevrolet/The-Block
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