| RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A VERY LOW PRODUCTION TRUCK, MODIFIED AND RECERTIFIED BY A WELL KNOWN CUSTOM COACH COMPANY. 1989 CHEVROLET C1500 CHOO CHOO CUSTOM PICKUP TRUCK. CHOO CHOO CUSTOMS, CHATTANOOGA, TN., BEST KNOWN FOR EL CAMINOS, MODIFIED EVERY TYPE OF VEHICLES FROM CONVERSION VANS TO PASSENGER CARS. THIS TRUCK IS IN PRIMARILY THE SAME ORIGINAL, UNMOLESTED CONDITION AS WHEN IT LEFT CHOO CHOO CUSTOMS. PREVIOUS OWNER BOUGHT THE TRUCK IN 1990. METICULOUS STORAGE, CARE, AND MAINTENANCE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.
The Chevrolet C series trucks were built from 1960-1999. That is a 39 year production run. The C series was finally replaced by the Silverado in 1999. Chevrolet has been at the forefront of design and performance since the beginning.
A new, more modern look came in 1967, along with a new nickname: "Action Line". It was with this revision of the C/K truck that General Motors expanded the option list of comfort and convenience items to a vehicle line that had previously been for work purposes alone. This has been referred to as the Golden Age of Chevy Trucks. 1967 was the beginning of the nation's true love affair with trucks.
Although revolutionary in 1973, by the mid eighties Chevrolet engineers realized a complete new redesign would be crucial. The result was the new generation model, known as the GMT400 platform. There was a drastic difference between the 3rd-generation and 4th-generation GM trucks, and the buying public realized this immediately. It is a success story that has transcended time, will continue beyond 2014.
The popularity of these trucks motivated many aftermarket custom coach companies to design and produce modified specialty versions of these vehicles. One of these companies was Choo Choo Customs Inc. in Chattanooga, TN. This company began building conversion vans in 1975. Best known for their collaboration with GM from 1983-1987, modifying Choo Choo El Caminos. Choo Choo went out of business in the mid 2000s. At that time, Honest Charley’s Speed Shop (also based out of Chattanooga , TN ) assumed a portion of Choo Choo’s employees and El Camino parts, which they still sell today. There is also a relatively new company, Choo-Choo Automotive Styling, advertising as the specialty parts division of Choo-Choo Customs Inc. It is unknown whether this is a division of Honest Charlie's, or a stand alone company.
Choo Choo customs also produced modified C and K series trucks until they closed their doors. Unlike the El Caminos, there are no published production figures on any other Choo Choo modified vehicles. One might assume that any Choo Choo example is a very limited production vehicle. Although basically an appearance package, this modification still sets this truck apart from the norm, and these are unique and highly desirable.
As with all unique vehicles, fakes are rampant in the hobby. The only positive verification of a Choo Choo Customs vehicle is the recertification tag in the rear portion of the driver door jam. The truck in this auction was modified and recertified in April, 1989, per the door tag.
Clean, straight body refinished in dark blue metallic. The well known Choo Choo exterior graphic designs, done in light blue metallic. Overall exterior appearance is very good. Paint is smooth and uniform, buffed to a glossy finish. A few minor driving flaws, such as minor chips and scratches that have been touched up. The rear passenger side bed stripe displays some minor fading and checking. The tailgate had some chips that were touched up. Otherwise, extremely good condition. Glass is in very good condition. The original tint film on the driver window is slightly delaminated. Slight wiper mar on windshield. Bumpers and exterior bright work in very good condition. Step bumper in the rear. Dual sport mirrors. Aluminum bed rails. Eagle polished wheels. Firehawk Indy 500 radial tires, P275/60R15. Sliding glass rear window. Choo Choo lower body kit and front facia. Choo Choo emblems on tail gate, rear window, and cab behind side windows.
Original 5.7 liter eight cylinder engine. Everything in the engine bay is in stock configuration, with the exception of mechanical and maintenance upgrades. Automatic transmission. Ten bolt rear differential. Power steering. Power disc brakes. Undercarriage is clean and solid as a rock, the result of lifetime Southern ownership.
Interior is in very good condition. One small crack in the dash. Seats, door panels, and dash display are in very good shape. Choo Choo wood trim accents. Original Choo Choo floor mats. Power windows, power door locks, air conditioning(compressor turns on, but needs to be recharged), tilt steering column, cruise control. Factory AM/FM/Cassette. Grant GT steering wheel. All seals, jam seals, and weatherstripping are soft and supple, in very good condition.
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