What occurs when a restoration store run by a workforce of car-crazed Canadians will get its fingers on a valley full of over 400 rusted classics? Just a little little bit of mayhem, a lot-a-bit of guffaws and, most significantly, some bad-ass restorations.
This British Columbia store, Rust Bros Restorations, owned by Mike Corridor, is the focal point of the HISTORY Canada’s docuseries Rust Valley Restorers through which a digicam crew follows Corridor and his workforce as they tackle their valley of rust buckets one after the other, restoring them to their former glory or giving them fashionable upgrades earlier than promoting them off.
Among the many sea of rusted-out automobiles sat a yellow 1957 GMC Sierra in want of some TLC that was restored and modified by Corridor’s workforce in season 3, episode 3. This truck, in all its ghost-flame, suicide-door glory, is being auctioned on AutoHunter, the premier on-line public sale platform pushed by ClassicCars.com.
For those who reside in Canada, you’ll be able to watch the episode on the HISTORY Canada’s web site. For non-Canadians, you’ll be able to catch the present on Netflix.
Within the episode, the ’57 GMC Sierra caught the attention of a youngster and her father as they shopped for an 18th birthday reward – an old style truck that was something however a Ford.
It’s no shock this yellow GMC was the successful selection, however it wanted some work together with a brand new paint coloration, a request from the customer and his daughter.
As Corridor and his lead mechanic and resident jokester Avery Shoaf begin work on the truck, they uncover the unique engine didn’t run as easily as they hoped.
The engine, as Shoaf put it, “feels like a screw in a peanut butter can.” So, Corridor along with his son and fellow mechanic Connor Corridor put in a brand new Chevy 327/300 horsepower engine.
As work on the truck continued, the customer requested Corridor and his workforce for a singular modification – to interchange the unique cab doorways with suicide doorways.
“It’s a cool function. You simply don’t count on to see it and it provides the truck a very clean look,” Mike Corridor instructed the Journal in a latest interview.
Throughout the restoration, the truck additionally acquired a customized inside and console, the transmission was swapped to an computerized, and the truck was repainted in Snapper Blue paint with ghost flames on the entrance clip.
The physique incorporates a customized oak wooden mattress, hidden tailgate latches, a black-out therapy on the edges and grille, panoramic windshield, tilted headlamps, and a really distinctive 89-inch field.
To make the suicide doorways safer, Corridor’s workforce added wiring within the truck that gained’t permit the doorways to open whereas it’s being pushed.
Sadly, shortly after the construct was full, the customer, his daughter and the remainder of their household had been significantly impacted by Covid and had been unable to buy the truck.
Fast to leap in and save the day was Tyson Hepburn, govt producer of the present, who bought the truck. Hepburn is worked up to public sale the truck on AutoHunter so Corridor’s workforce can get engaged on his private dream automotive, a 1977 Ford Bronco.
When requested why Hepburn and Corridor select AutoHunter as their on-line public sale platform to record the truck, Hepburn stated, “ClassicCars.com has actually gotten the market cornered. So, we simply figured what place to attempt a web based public sale.”
Together with the sale, the customer will obtain a Rust Bros Restoration certificates of authenticity, the choice for Mike and Connor Corridor to autograph the glove field, and an invite to go to the Rust Bros Restoration workforce in British Columbia when Covid restrictions are lifted.
Whereas the GMC’s episode isn’t accessible to view outdoors of Canada, you’ll be able to watch Corridor and his workforce restore a handful of different rusted classics on Rust Valley Restorations over on Netflix or on STACKTV.
The GMC Sierra’s public sale runs June 4-11. Go to the truck’s AutoHunter itemizing for extra details about the public sale and for a gallery of images.
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