Dale Markgraf of Extreme Vehicle Concepts (EVC) is no stranger to Truckin' magazine. We've shown his renderings in the past, and after nearly 25 years in the hot-rod business, he continues to churn out amazing concepts. He's still fueled by the passion that comes from seeing his visions come to life as the projects are completed. Dale shared an amazing Pro Street C10 and two modern versions of '70s sport trucks and we just had to pass them on to you.
The GMC Street Coupe was a little-known trim level available on shortbed trucks in the late '70s and early '80s that included graphics and upgraded instrument cluster along with a specific combination of high-end options. Like the top of the line truck for the '70s, this modern interpretation will sport a 454, but unlike it's disco-era brethren, Dale cooked up a twin-turbo Nelson Racing 454ci small-block, RideTech suspension, SSBC brakes, and Giovanna Berlin wheels wrapped in custom-cut Michelin Pilot tires. The bodywork was cooked up by EVC and consists of a hood, bumper, front fascia, and a roll pan.
The '65 Chevy C10 is a bit of a throwback itself, sporting Pro Street style with bigs and littles and a Hugger Orange paint scheme. It's been shaved of its emblems and trim and has one-piece window glass to clean up the lines. A roll pan and color-matched bumper and grille surround keep the shine on the focal point of the whole project. The monster Arias valve covers just peek out through the hood, but the gigantic Weiand blower with mechanical fuel injection and velocity stacks tower to the top of the cab in polished aluminum glory, leaving no mistake that this truck is a dragstrip brute as well as a showstopper.
Originally, the Dodge Midnight Express was a creation of Mr. Norm, who wasn't satisfied with the Little Red Express that could be found at the average Dodge dealership. Replacing the 360ci small-block with a roaring 440ci V-8, the Midnight Express was a boulevard terror that held its own against muscle cars. Backed by a T-56 Magnum, this modern version uses a 440 Hemi with a Kenne Bell supercharger to strike fear into the hearts of Challengers, Mustangs, and Camaros. Like the GMC, it uses SSBC brakes and Michelin Pilot tires, but this one uses 22-inch Foose wheels for a retro feel. The body on the Dodge is upgraded with panels inspired by Classic Design Concepts, including front bumper, grille, and roll pan.