Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A Chevrolet 4500 Double Cab. This is a Racers Ultimate Dream Machine.

//Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A Chevrolet 4500 Double Cab. This is a Racers Ultimate Dream Machine.

Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A Chevrolet 4500 Double Cab. This is a Racers Ultimate Dream Machine.

Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday. Normally, I highlight some rather cool vintage rig for these postings, but every once in a while I will highlight a truck that can be used in other ways. This is one of those trucks…

Take a look at this 2005 Chevrolet 4500 Double Cab Truck that was designed as a Motorcycle Truck. Although the listing doesn’t say, I believe it was used for either a track side truck, or a conveyance to haul custom cycles around with. Either way, this is a bitchin’ truck that any race enthusiast can use. It has enough capacity to carry six full sized guys anywhere, with the driver perched on a suspension seat. It is utilitarian with the seats covered in a durable cloth, manual crank windows, and a rubber floor. You won’t fine a drop down video player, or a crankin’ stereo system (there’s not even a CD Player with the factory system), but it does have a backup camera.

Under the hood is a GM Duramax 6.6L V-8 Diesel, producing 300HP, backed up by an Allison 1000 5-speed Automatic. This is one of the most durable power-plants for the full-sized GM based pickup trucks, and it should prove just as durable in this package. This is a rear-wheel drive chassis, and not the optional 4WD, but with a rig like this, who cares?

It’s the box in the back that is the most appealing aspect of this package. Although it isn’t clear from the isting, this looks like either a 16 foot, or an 18 foot box (Not counting the attic above the cab). There is a low step access door on the curb side of the truck, with two barn doors at the rear. There is a fold-up seat on the left side of the box, with offsetting aluminum cabinets on the right. There is a seating area at the front, and a lot of storage in the attic. The floor is Hardwood, overhead cabinetry runs the length of the unit on each side, and this truck is so sanitary, you could actually live in it.

The rig looks like it is set up for towing, with an electric brake controller installed under the steering column. So, what could you use this rig for? How about towing your SCCA Sports car to track events with enough room inside the box to carry the myriad of space Lucas and SU parts to keep the damn thing on the track (Unless its a Miata, then you virtually need nothing…). If you Motocross, this thing could trailer two or three bikes, and the inside could store spare engines, tires, spare frames, practically anything. And of course, if you thing is the 24-Hours-of-LeMons, you could haul your crapcan to and from the track, with the box carrying spare everything to keep it running.

This truck has only 13,000 miles on the clock, and the Buy-it-Now price is $59,990. Yes that is a lot of money, and I bet the dealer will take considerably less, but look at it. Tool boxes everywhere, aluminum cabinetry to keep all of your tools in place, room to crash, and room to party at the track. Oh look, there are plugs so that you can post blogs while attending the event….. See the original eBay listing here.

By |2011-10-06T09:00:42+00:00October 6th, 2011|Hooniverse Truck Thursday|21 Comments

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  1. scoutdude October 6, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    So are we suddenly in Australia? Cause here in the US that would be called a Crew Cab.

    • tonyola October 6, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

      "Double cab" is GM's own latter-day terminology for this style. I guess they thought that "crew cab" sounds too limiting, as if it's only useful for work, not pleasure.

    • pj134 October 6, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Actually, crew cab, double cab, quad cab and dual cab are all used rather interchangeably in PA so I don't really see the issue here.

      • scoutdude October 6, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Never heard anyone around here, WA, call it a double or dual cab, my friends from down under are the only ones I've ever heard use that terminology. Quad cab yes as that is the name Chrysler has hung on their crew cabs.

      • The Professor October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am - Reply

        We always called them 'long cabs'.

        • jjd241 October 8, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

          On the tree farm in the 70's it was 6-pack…

  2. muthalovin October 6, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Awesome. I would put my bike in that truck.

    • pj134 October 6, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Ah, euphemism time…
      I would put my wood on that wood.
      Wait, I, er, what?

      • dead_elvis October 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

        Beware of splinters.

      • jjd241 October 8, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

        I'd put my tool in any of those boxes…

  3. LTDScott October 6, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I'd rather have a camper on the back than a box if I was going to use it as a race rig.

    • Paul_y October 6, 2011 at 10:31 am - Reply
    • The Professor October 6, 2011 at 10:52 am - Reply

      I was going to make that same comment, except I'd rather go out to the boonies and ride. I'm old, give me a break.

  4. Mad_Science October 6, 2011 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I seriously considered doing a budget version of this for LeMons based on a ~$3000 used rental van. For what we spent renting trailers and borrowing trucks, we might've come out ahead if we sold the truck at the end.
    Buying a used UHaul truck to haul your crapcan racer isn't normal.
    On Hooniverse it is.

  5. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat October 6, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I bet it'd be fun to autocross…once you tied everything down….

  6. njhoon October 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Cool truck here, but it needs bathroom. I met someone who has a 'toter home' for his race set up and I quote " my own (bad phrase for bathroom) with AC was worth 70k alone", and I can see his logic.

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