The Mother Load: Barrett Jackson’s $121,000 Duramax-Swapped C20

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company is the premiere auction for anything and everything collectible automobiles. If you’re flipping through the channels and land on this show, chances are you’re going to see some seriously nice builds. Million-dollar vehicles, blockbuster movie cars, and sometimes, a good old fashion diesel swap.

Just a few weeks ago at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the nicest trucks we’ve ever seen was sold. It wasn’t new, it wasn’t too terribly old, but it was immaculate. This two-tone C20 Chevrolet pickup was up for grabs and ended up selling for $121,000. That seems like quite a bit of money for this but hey, I can’t afford to bid on it I can have my own opinion.

Not exactly what I expected to see on the Barrett Jackson auction show but I’m glad I did. That whole truck just flows perfectly. The wheels and tires fit, that orange and white paint click and the engine under the hood is just icing on the cake.

What Is Included?

Another cool upgrade this truck features is the twin-stick conversion. How cool is that?

The crew over at SoCal Auto Paint covered this C20 in a two-tone orange and white paint and has all new and restored trim pieces. Other exterior add-on’s include a DIY4X A-Bomb winch bumper, a Warn 12,000-pound winch, and retractable AMP Research steps. This concoction of parts works great together as this truck looks incredible.

When you open the original steel doors to this beauty, you’ll see a matching color scheme. The interior features beautiful orange and black houndsooth inserts in both front and rear power bucket seats, a custom center console, custom carpeting, headliner, door panels, a Nu-Relics power door conversion, a Vintage Air cooling system, and is finished off with a TMI dash with Dakota Digital Inc.  gauges.

Underneath the truck sets a set of 38-inch by 15-inch Milestar Patagonia M/T tires that wrap around a pair of 20-inch Black Rhino Arsenal wheels. Tucked in behind these monster truck tires are the one-ton Torq Motorsports Dodge 3500 front brakes and a pair of GM one-ton rear brakes that are plumbed to a Hydroboost brake booster.

A Dana 60 differential with 4.10 gears is paired with a Corporate 14-bolt differential that features a full-floating G80 locker, Warn hubs and 4×4 high-steer arms. For a transmission, big boy here uses a six-speed automatic Allison trans with an upgraded 2,500-RPM stall torque converter and an NP205 transfer case.

For $122,000, you could’ve outbid the new owner and this could be you in your driveway.

Now, on to one of the best parts, the engine. Pop the hood and you’ll uncover a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine build by SoCal Diesel. This engine has been gone through and upgraded enough to withstand 1,000-horsepower. The engine features an alternate firing order camshaft, Callies Performance Products DuraStar crankshaft, SFI-approved, billet flywheel, and balancer. On the outside of the engine supporting this are a cold air intake, Fleece Performance Cheetah turbocharger, and their 10MM CP3, 60-percent over injectors, Air Dog lift pump, PPE exhaust manifolds, and a custom downpipe with 5-inch exhaust.

What do you think about this truck going for $121,000? I’m not in the restoration business but I’m sure it cost a pretty penny to completely go through this truck and recreate it but I don’t know if it would be $121,000. You would have to be a serious Duramax or square-body enthusiast to snag this up for that price but to each their own. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

It is a good thing these engine bays are enormous. It makes swaps like these much easier I’m sure.

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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