1969 Chevy C30 w/Cummins Supercharged Turbo
If you’re working for a living, you may as well focus your work on something you love doing. For Andrew Munster of Whistler, BC, combining work with snowmobiling was a natural fit. And custom-building a truck that helps get him from home to work to the mountains just made sense.
“The truck is a purpose-built sled hauler,” Munster explained. “It is designed to hold two sleds side by side, and get me around to local riding areas. “
Since this truck was also his daily driver, it was designed specifically with drivability and ease of use in mind. “I only just finished building my current truck in September,” he said. “It is a 1969 Chevy C30, but a Dodge 2500 at heart.”
Munster has been driving diesel trucks for the past 10 years. His first diesel truck was a 95 Dodge Cummins 2500.
“I have been in love with the 12-valve ever since,” he explained. “I have owned five different Dodge 2ndGen 12-valves and one Dodge 24-valve, just to try it.”
Munster, 32, grew up in the Whistler area. His parents have lived in the area since the early 1970s and made a living by building custom homes when Whistler was going through a growth spurt. His focus in school was business and sciences … but he spent his winters on skis and snowboards before he got hooked on snowmobiling. He has always made winter sports his top priority.
He worked for seven years as a heavy equipment mechanic before setting up his own fabrication/machine shop. “In the summer I have always loved working on projects—building, fabricating and machining anything that interests me. But in the wintertime my life is sledding.”
Perhaps that is why his business naturally progressed to a company that manufactures and sells aftermarket parts for snowmobiles. “We specialize in making performance parts and accessories specifically for mountain snowmobiles,” he explained. “Mountain sledding is my passion.”
So what inspired Munster to custom-build a truck specific for hauling snowmobiles?
“I have been modifying vehicles since before I could drive. My first big project was a ‘69 Nova I started restoring when I was 16. After that, I got into modifying Chevy 4x4’s and it wasn’t long before I discovered the Cummins Diesel.”
But with his business making aftermarket performance parts for snowmobiles, Munster needed something that could make it easy to get to snow during early and late seasons when you needed to drive up tight mountain roads.
“The project started out as a 1998 Dodge Cummins 12-valve rolling chassis,” he said. “It was originally a manual extended cab short box.”