Red-X: How to turn a pickup into a sporty track "car"

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Sep 27, 2022 | Chevrolet, NASA, Chevrolet C1500 | Posted in Features | Never miss an article

Arnie Gonzalez calls it Red-X. It fits. The truck’s red, and he autocrosses it. Plus, others look at the truck as if there’s a red X on it.

They give me the ‘Oh really?’ look,” he says of those who first encounter his 1990 Chevrolet C1500 Sport. “They start talking crap before they even see the truck run.”

Arnie doesn’t mind playing …

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frenchyd
frenchyd GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/27/22 8:11 a.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

While it's true you can put anything on the track. If it's got a big enough motor it'll go acceptably fast work on the suspension enough and it will even corner.  
    One thing it won't do is slide by others on the straights. At least not based on aero.  You're just pushing too much air.  

jerel77494
jerel77494 New Reader
9/27/22 8:46 a.m.

Where's the gun rack?

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/27/22 8:48 a.m.
frenchyd said:

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

While it's true you can put anything on the track. If it's got a big enough motor it'll go acceptably fast work on the suspension enough and it will even corner.  
    One thing it won't do is slide by others on the straights. At least not based on aero.  You're just pushing too much air.  

Good thing you don't have to slide by others on the straights in auto-x.

 

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/27/22 9:10 a.m.

This is cool.  

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
9/27/22 9:31 a.m.

I love it. I've always wanted a performance truck ever since Chevy released the 454 SS......was that back in the mid-late 90s?

Puddy46
Puddy46 New Reader
9/27/22 9:34 a.m.

I would rock this thing 8 ways from Sunday. 

What a cool piece.  

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE SuperDork
9/27/22 9:48 a.m.
jerel77494 said:

Where's the gun rack?

don't even own *a* gunlet alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack.

jerel77494
jerel77494 New Reader
9/27/22 12:27 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

Hi, Girthquake! Don't need a gun. Back in the day almost every pickup had a gun rack (at least where I'm from), most of them empty.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/27/22 12:56 p.m.

In reply to jerel77494 :

He's quoting Wayne's World 

jglee920
jglee920 New Reader
9/27/22 1:45 p.m.

I've got a 1966 Ford F100 that I've been thinking of taking in this direction. This may be the push to get it started.

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UberDork
9/27/22 1:55 p.m.

Sweet truck. I used to really dislike lowered trucks when I was a kid, but as an adult (ugh) I've completely flipped. No idea what happened. I guess my taste improved?

jerel77494
jerel77494 New Reader
9/27/22 2:13 p.m.

In reply to jglee920 :

The twin I-beam suspension would be a disaster. The front roll center is high. Imagine the weight jacking of a old Beetle or Spitfire, only in the front.

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
9/27/22 3:22 p.m.
Mr_Asa said:

In reply to jerel77494 :

He's quoting Wayne's World 

Maybe he should change his name to "Garthquake"

Leslegg
Leslegg New Reader
9/27/22 3:45 p.m.

Will those suspension mods bolt up on a 2000 Tahoe limited?

frenchyd
frenchyd GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/27/22 4:18 p.m.
Mr_Asa said:
frenchyd said:

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

While it's true you can put anything on the track. If it's got a big enough motor it'll go acceptably fast work on the suspension enough and it will even corner.  
    One thing it won't do is slide by others on the straights. At least not based on aero.  You're just pushing too much air.  

Good thing you don't have to slide by others on the straights in auto-x.

 

You see trucks like that at vintage races.  That's where my mind went.   
       Back in the early 70's I had a 1955 Chevy 1/2 T Cameo  ( short box fiberglass rear fenders). With a 350 4 speed and 15x10 chrome reverse wheels. 
  As track Marshall at Holtville I got permission to do a clean up lap at speed.   
(SCCA was a little more relaxed back then). I would have been 5 th on the grid with C D E  production.   That was on Goodyear Polyglass ( we called them Polyslides).  

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE SuperDork
9/27/22 4:19 p.m.
Cactus said:
Mr_Asa said:

In reply to jerel77494 :

He's quoting Wayne's World 

Maybe he should change his name to "Garthquake"

Party on

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/27/22 4:35 p.m.
z31maniac said:

I love it. I've always wanted a performance truck ever since Chevy released the 454 SS......was that back in the mid-late 90s?

454 SS was early 90's

This is a cool build.

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/27/22 5:44 p.m.

Fantastic truck!  Thank you for sharing it with us!

68ELCO
68ELCO New Reader
9/27/22 8:15 p.m.

In reply to jglee920 :check out RideTech suspension. They have complete front and rear suspension kits for 65 thru 79 Ford trucks. Not cheap but high quality and well tested. 

 

ChuckR (Forum Supporter)
ChuckR (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand New Reader
9/27/22 8:20 p.m.

I say Rock that S**T! And laugh at the others as you go by!!!

fatallightning
fatallightning HalfDork
9/29/22 7:32 a.m.

Love it. I had a lowered Mitsu Mighty Max that was more fun in the twisties than it had any right to be.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
9/29/22 7:43 a.m.

As a guy that ran an s10 for hpde, i approve 

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