WORK TRUCK WHOOPS: Hauling buckets

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Speed and horsepower aren’t usually two things that are incredibly important in a utility truck, but this truck breaks that mold.

It’s a Frankentruck of sorts, but there’s no doubt this truck hauls more than equipment. 

Drake-Scruggs says the idea for its Hot Rod Bucket Truck started with the restoration of a 1951 Chevy pickup, which was mounted to a 1983 GMC 3500 chassis. The company chose a 2005 Knapheide utility body that was narrowed to sit on the GMC chassis and a 1987 Versalift TEL 24.

The hood tilts forward using a hydraulic lift from a Braun wheelchair lift. A coat of Vipor red was applied to the truck’s exterior and the interior was finished with an oak floor from trees from the company’s facility. A steering column from a Chevy S10, electric emergency brake from a 1990 Chevy van and brown leather seats from a 1991 Cadillac cap this “work” truck off.