Icon's Latest Creation Is A Sleeper Truck To Die For

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This is how you restore a classic truck.

America loves its trucks more than any other place on Earth. From the humble Ford F-150, through to the insane Ram 1500 TRX, we can't get enough of these utilitarian machines, and we especially like preserving the old ones. Classic truck restoration and modification is a massive industry, and over the years we've seen some incredible builds. Some stick to the original plan, while others go for something a bit more modernized. We prefer a balance between the two, and this 1953 Thriftmaster restomod by Icon is the perfect example. The Thriftmaster is considered by many to be one of the hardest working trucks ever made, and this one has received some serious love and attention.

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This old school truck has been built on a custom Art Morrison chassis with four-wheel independent suspension and is powered by a GM Emissions certified Erod 6.2 fuel-injected LS3 producing 440 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear via a six-speed manual transmission. A set of six-piston Brembo brakes hides behind custom Icon 18-inch forged artillery-style wheels, and adjustable coilovers keeps things steady. As far as the exterior goes, Icon didn't spare a dime. The bed is lined with ultra-rare Shu Sugi Ban finished walnut and original restored chrome adorns the front and rear-end.

Inside, this Thriftmaster features a reverse camera, custom visors, remote-powered door locks, power windows, ambient interior lighting, and a Pioneer 8600NEX sound system. The seats and steering wheel are covered in micro-sanded top-grade leather from Moore & Giles.

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Speaking of his new creation, Icon 4x4 Founder Jonathan Ward said: "Our New School Thriftmaster presents a disarming duality found in all the very best sleepers. At first glance, this is a beautifully restored 1952 pick-up, but underneath it all is a vehicle with power and handling that is absolutely off the chart. These New School Edition trucks are exciting in that they give Icon the opportunity to creatively build on the Thriftmaster's vintage style while cleverly incorporating the best of the best present-day elements that go into a truly one-of-one build. My favorite part is that our first New School truck can easily keep pace chasing down a modern-day sports car through a canyon, no problem at all."

This is resto-modding done right.

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