Vehicle Spotlight: The ’78 E-Rod Silverado
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Vehicle Spotlight: The ’78 E-Rod Silverado


Amongst some of the amazing 2014 Chevrolet Silverado concepts at SEMA 2013, one truck in particular had people milling about trying to catch a glimpse. However, this truck wasn't a 2014. In fact, it wasn't even from this century. This classic Chevrolet pickup of yesteryear that had attendees and media, alike, wide-eyed with excitement was the 1978 E-Rod Silverado, brought to life by Special Vehicles Project Manager, Gary Mulder, and his excellent team.

We had a chance to catch up with Gary and here's what he had to say about this one-of-a-kind Chevy truck. 

“The '78 Silverado with the E-Rod system is really such a feel-good truck.” Gary told us. “Personally, I started working with General Motors back in ’78, so it definitely takes me back to day one, so to speak. But what we found when talking to some of our employees and customers was that a lot of people could relate to this truck, as so many people owned one of these or knew somebody who owned one in the past. People are inclined to remember the good times, and a lot of the people we talked to about this truck were reminded of their past. They looked at it and it brought a smile to their face.”

And it definitely brought a smile to our faces as Jim Campbell unveiled the truck at the SEMA 2013 Monday Media Event. "Our team had a great time working on this resto-mod at our shops.” Jim elaborated, “The team disassembled the entire truck to the bare frame and powder coated, reconditioned or replaced every single part.”

But a resto-mod by definition requires more than just restoration. Jim revealed, “There's more to this story. Under the hood we used one of our E-Rod Crate Powertrain systems including the LC9 5.3L V8 with 336 horsepower, nearly double the horsepower of the truck's original small block.”

The Connect & Cruise system offers customers a comprehensive package for updating or restoring their vehicles while maintaining emissions compliance and ease of installation. “There are a countless number of these trucks still out on the road and people are starting to restore them. Our Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain system can give them modern power in these older model trucks.” Gary reinforced.

Now, don’t just take our word for how amazing this truck is. Take a look at our gallery of photos to admire this classic pickup and be sure to check out all the specs on it below.


  • Two-Tone Custom Black and Red Exterior Paint
  • Regular Cab Short Box
  • Reconditioned Bright Exterior Trim
  • 16-Inch x 8-Inch Wheels Powder-Coated Switchblade Silver
  • LT305/70R16 Tires


  • Retrimmed Seats in Red Simulated Leather and Red and Black Houndstooth Cloth


  • 5.3L Chevrolet Performance E-Rod Crate Powertrain System (Part: 19258004) with:
  • 336 Horsepower @ 5300 rpm
  • 350 lb.-ft. of Torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Programmed Engine Controller (Part: 19258006)
  • Engine Wiring Harness (Part: 19244447)
  • Electronic Throttle Pedal (Part: 10379038)
  • Oxygen Sensors and Mounting Bosses (Part: 12581966 Front, 126111765 Rear)
  • Mass Air Flow Sensor (Part: 15865791)
  • 4L70E Transmission (19260961) with:
  • 4-Speed Electrically Controlled Automatic
  • 5-Pinion Gear Sets
  • Heat-Treated Stator Haft Splines
  • Induction Hardened Turbine Shaft
  • Seven Plate Clutches
  • TC-II SuperMatic Transmission Controller Kit
  • Original Transfer Case
  • Sandblasted and Powder-Coated Matte Black Frame
  • Front Suspension (Rebuilt Springs and Front Axle)
  • Rear Suspension (Rebuilt Springs and Bushings)
  • Rebuilt Brakes (Production Calipers, Rotors and Drums)
  • New Power Brake Booster and Master Cylinder
  • Rebuilt Production Power Steering

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