If you’re not into making your own music, there is one other sound that never gets old. The 194 cubic-inch straight-six motor gives off an industrial symphony of simplicity. It is a rhythmic chug that feels like being in charge of a mini locomotive as the tempo increases with the acceleration. The ride is another exercise in minimalism. Leaf springs, solid wheels, and bias ply tires are far from modern, which makes them perfect in this time capsule of a pickup. The full experience of being behind the wheel is to feel rolling history. This Chevy is special because it was built at GM’s Janesville, Wisconsin factory. This is a facility that held the record as GM’s oldest running factory until the assembly line went idle in 2009. Caring for this truck is like watching over a part of this story.
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