Published on 11/01/2018

Connect, Cruise, Carryall: The Stoner’s Speed Shop LS3-powered Carryall

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DAN HODGDON

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ANDREW LARSON

For Blake Stoner and Stoner’s Speed Shop, this SEMA build is homegrown.

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Published on 11/01/2018
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WORDS:

DAN HODGDON

PHOTOS:

ANDREW LARSON

Connect, Cruise, Carryall: The Stoner’s Speed Shop LS3-powered Carryall

For Blake Stoner and Stoner’s Speed Shop, this SEMA build is homegrown.

Stoner hails from Hudson, Iowa, and nearly all of the shops involved with his British racing green 1956 Suburban Carryall are based within 10 miles of that location or close friends with Stoner himself. In many ways, the project was the equivalent of a bunch of friends working together to build a unique vehicle.

However, this one graces the Mobil 1 booth in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2018 SEMA Show.

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The newly opened Nick’s MuscleCar Station in Fort Scott, Kansas, painted the vehicle in its striking green using single-stage PPG paint, while Boss Interiors out of Evansdale, Iowa, handled the interior. The company has worked on close to a dozen of Stoner’s builds.

Meanwhile, under the hood is a 6.2L Chevrolet Performance LS3 Connect & Cruise crate powertrain system making 430 horsepower and featuring a 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission.

“Doing the Chevy Connect & Cruise is way easy, we’ve done countless builds with them,” Stoner said.

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The engine includes Inglese stack injection run by FAST, and a TCI transmission controller runs the tranny. All American Billet produced the hood hinges and front drive for the LS3, the dash is Dakota Digital and ididit wiring is featured in the build as well.

Quick Performance out of Ames, Iowa, fabricated the nine-inch rear end, and the vehicle’s lowered stance is achieved with RideTech air ride suspension. One-off white Detroit Steel wheels with a chrome center cap and Diamond Back Classics one-off greenline tires complete the package.

“I guess a lot of ‘Burbans came to SEMA this year, but you don’t see a lot of ’55, ’56, ’57 stuff,” Stoner said. It was a lot of work, a lot of hard parts to find.”

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Thanks to the efforts of him and many others, Stoner is obviously proud of the build which began in earnest during March of this year. Having mainly produced patina vehicles, this is amazingly the first painted project Stoner’s Speed Shop has ever produced. It is a stunning contrast between the green paint, white wheels and white front and rear bumpers.

“It’s basically just a cruiser,” Stoner said. “It’s killer.”

We would wholeheartedly agree.

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