Still Hammerin’
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Would You … Could You … Should You?

o, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about a certain topic that, well, let’s just say I’m not a huge fan of (yet), nor a huge proponent of (yet): electric vehicles. Let me rephrase that: I’m not a huge fan nor proponent of EV classics … yet.

Call me stubborn, ignorant, what have you, I’m just not sold on the idea of building vintage cars/trucks with electric motors. To me, it takes the "classic" out of the equation. Sure, it’s kind of a cool idea, and I do like what outfits like Icon has done over the years. But for me personally, do I want to invest the time and, more importantly, the huge expense, in building an EV truck? No. Not at this time at least.

I’m a self-admitted dinosaur: I was born and raised on fossil-fuel-powered automobiles and have spent nearly the last 30 years of my life in a career devoted to said gasoline-drinking relics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we shouldn’t advance with the technology, as it won’t be long before we’re all faced with having to own/drive EV vehicles. But right now I still have a choice, and my choice is "fueled" by my love for carburetors and throttle bodies, loud exhaust, and oil filters!

Come 2035, that position may significantly differ—but we’re still over a decade away from that so-called mandate that all the manufacturers and my "wonderful" state of California are currently racing full-steam ahead toward. (To be completely honest, I think that’s a beyond-grandiose goal to achieve, but once again, I’m just a simple dinosaur who doesn’t mind paying at the pump—even asinine, overinflated California prices—to keep his old trucks on the road.)

I commend Chevrolet Performance for developing their E-Crate electronic crate "motor" platform, as I do the shops and individuals who are able to utilize these EV transplants. If I had an extra $30,000, I may just be swayed to try one out in an unsuspecting Squarebody (which I’d have to scrape up another $20,000 just to acquire at today’s prices!). But I don’t—it’s costly enough just to get the old 454 big-block in my C10 up and running, let alone have the funds to do a proper LS swap!

So, that all said, it’s safe to say which side of the electronic fence I’m on … for now, at least. I’m more than willing to hear your point of view and whatnot, as this is just my opinion based on both personal perspective and my prehistoric bias! Let’s hear what you all have to say, and see where we’re headed in this classic truck world we all live and breathe in.