Big Truck Outtake: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Junkyard


I was rolling down the highway one afternoon, heading down to the U-Pull to shoot another roll of virtual film for the Junkyard Outtake. There was road construction underway and big rigs were everywhere, but this one caught my attention.


It’s an early ’90s Chevy Kodiak chassis and cab–and cab, and more cab! I’d never seen one like this before.


Look at that thing! It’s as if someone grafted two regular cabs together.

Wild guess #1 (the long answer): Consider that the new-for-’88 bodystyle Chevy trucks debuted with a regular cab and an extended cab; Kodiaks and TopKicks didn’t make the switch until ’90, while crew cabs and Suburbans stuck with the ’73-’87 style bodies until 1992. Therefore, if this conversion was done during model year 1990 or 1991, no passenger doors would have been available for this bodystyle. Since the needed doors weren’t being produced yet–and necessity being the mother of invention–someone resorted to making this hodgepodge.

Wild guess #2 (the short answer): Someone had an extra regular cab lying around–you can guess the rest.


Looks like they didn’t quite get the lines right.


This piece is clearly a one-off.


Sliding glass… was the back half derived from a pickup cab? HD door handles and grab handles… or was it a heavy-duty cab from the start? (Or even the rearmost section of the original cab?)


This probably wasn’t a pickup cab. There’d have been a transmission hump, otherwise; this floor is flat. (Unless they were really crazy, and made a whole new floor for their conjoined creation!)

From here you can also see the inside of that custom splice panel, complete with trim such as that used in GM vans of the day. Matching factory bench seats (both fronts) and door panels (same story) along with carpet cut to size… this smells like a rig which was converted when new.


Adding to the mystery surrounding this rig, I noticed its tabs were two years out of date, and it hadn’t been DOTed since two years before that. Oops?

All in all, it’s a rather unique rig. How do you suppose it came to be?