Jonathan Ward debuted the newest ICON Thriftmaster #3. The Thriftmasters are based on a 1947-1953 Chevrolet 3100 Thriftmaster five-window pickup that ICON takes completely down to bare metal and then builds it to perform like a modern vehicle.
The chassis is built by Art Morrison specifically for 1947-1953 GM trucks with some small modifications from ICON. The 2″x6″ main rails and crossmembers are built in a way that allows almost any V8 and transmission combination to be used. It also provides power rack and pinion steering along with independent front suspension and rear 4-link suspension.
The engine is a 5.3 L LM4 crate engine. They made 290 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque from the factory. Of course this engine produces more thanks to a Magnuson supercharger placed on top which gives around 120 extra horsepower and lb-ft of torque.
Behind the engine sits a heavy-duty 4L85E four-speed automatic transmission connected to a 3/4 ton driveshaft and finally a Strange 9″ rear end. Jonathan says he built the drivetrain especially strong for “his style” of driving.
In the video below Jonathan explains how they originally designed and developed the Thriftmasters. He also goes over almost every single component on the truck as well. If you are interested in your own Thriftmaster, it will set you back between $250,000-$275,000.
Source: ICON 4×4 FB album (more photos)