Field Guide to Wasteland Vehicles: Super H8

Something about the proportions of late ’40s and early ’50s American cars makes them seem really at home when they’re riding high above the landscape.  And looking assertive in the waste can be a fabulous advantage.  Enter the Super H8 built by Seth Howard for owner Kai Norman.  This 1952 Buick Super 8 hit the apocalypse as a basket case, so the frame from a  two-wheel drive 1999 Chevrolet Silverado was slid underneath to replace the original.  A three-inch spindle lift and four-inch shackle flip in the rear provide significant altitude for this already-tall car.

Some folks would be surprised to hear that the Silverado’s 4.3 liter V6 engine was retained, but there’s something to be said for NOT burning as much gas as possible in the wastes.  Super H8 remains generally street-legal (apart from that missing headlight), in spite of retaining its car-in-a-field body.  Modifications are generally subtle.  The Silverado and Buick bumpers ride neatly on top of each other up front, and the trunk lid is quickly removable. Other than side steps to get in, Super H8 is stock.  It’s also one of the few post-apoc pursuit vehicles that can seat six comfortably!