This 1986 GMC S15 has plenty of honesty and patina. Plus, the right
pep of a fuel-injected motor and a four-speed make this value-price
pickup quite fun to drive.
This truck is going to have an instant appeal to a patina-loving
crowd. There's plenty of sun-baked maturity that takes the blue and
gives it a fade to black and even red. And the body has a look of
real truck use over every inch. As we said, it's not for everyone,
but if you've got a nice V8 sitting in your garage and you want to
make a patina sleeper, you know this is the right lightweight
package to do it. It even already has the Cragar wheels a touch of
sporty forward-leaning stance.
The interior continues the worn-in kind of honesty. For some of
this is pure classic truck cool, and those who want to make
improvements know that most of the components are easily available
on the aftermarket. And this one likes to be a proper driver with
the right fundamentals in place, like the grippy dual-spoke
steering wheel, the clean action of the stick shift, and an updated
bench seat done in a comfy velour.
Under the hood is the 2.5-liter motor. This is a version of the
Iron Duke motor that now includes fuel injection. In fact, GM added
new features to give it some added pep but it never lost its hardy
base (remember Jeep even bought the Iron Duke for use in the CJs.)
So while we toyed with the idea of a V8 upgrade earlier, you also
have a solid powerhouse already in place. It fires up eagerly like
a nice fuel-injected machine should, and the smooth idle suggests
the proper care and maintenance over the years. The four-speed
manual transmission is the ideal pairing to make sure you have the
control to get the most out of the motor. There are also newer
suspension components, power steering, power brakes, front discs,
and a new set of tires. So it makes for a solid driver.
This is a fun driver on day one and there's a ton of potential in a
light weight pickup with plenty of real earned patina. Call