RESTO-MOD 3100, CUSTOM PAINT & INTERIOR, 350 ZZ4, 700R4, PWR DISC, PS, R134A A/C
This 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup is one of those builds where you can see the attention to detail in every single component. Not merely assembled, but rather built with an eye towards making even the little stuff look right, it's gorgeous to look at and wonderful to drive. Combined with a great color and interior choice, it makes for a slick hauler that can take home trophies or cruise cross-country equally well.
This truck goes way beyond simple hauler, and even back in the '50s, Chevy revolutionized the industry with the crazy idea that workmen wanted attractive vehicles, too. So while a lot of them got worked right into the ground, this handsome pickup received a no-holds-barred rejuvenation that includes a few skillfully shaved bits and a lot of hand work to make it smooth and shiny. Fit and finish are quite good overall, and the turquoise paint was done in 2013 and is perfect for the 1950s vibe. A 1957 grille was fitted up front, and who can argue with how cool it looks? The windows were given a light tint to accentuate the street rod stance, and the bed was fully rebuilt with fresh wood, polished stainless rub rails, and a cool built-in flush filler cap for the gas tank underneath. Add in smooth 1-piece bumpers, auxiliary lights tucked into the bed rails, and bright chrome CHEVROLET block letters on the tailgate, and you have a truck that creates a stir everywhere it goes.
With the original truck sporting vinyl and rubber and steel interior materials, the makeover gives it a much softer, friendlier demeanor. A reshaped and very comfortable bench seat has been wrapped in custom foam and smooth tan ultra-leather upholstery, which uses a period pleated pattern to replicate a 1950s vibe. Custom turquoise carpets look great and help control noise and heat and the door panels are properly finished with custom armrests and billet hardware, not bare steel. The dashboard, even when it was stock, was striking in a pickup truck and has now been smoothed and refined, with the original gauge cluster replaced by a trick Dakota Digital setup that makes the interior. You'll also not custom tricks like cup holders built into the kick panels, an overhead AM/FM/CD stereo system, and a billet wheel wrapped in the same ultra-leather as the seats. A/C is very cleverly hidden using hide-away vents for a smooth look on the shaved dash. As you can see, no detail was left to chance.
The engine is a powerful ZZ4 aluminum head 350 cubic inch crate engine, now making somewhere north of 400 horsepower. From the shaved and smoothed dashboard to the fully finished inner fenders, the engine bay was obviously built for show, and everything was either painted, polished, or plated before it was installed. Wiring has been neatly hidden from view and there's a big aluminum radiator up front to keep things cool. Backed by a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and a Chevelle 10-bolt rear with 3.55 gears inside, it's a superlative highway cruiser. Up front there's a Chevelle front clip with power disc brakes and power steering and a custom dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers sounds suitably performance-oriented. The stance is just about perfect, with a lot of the credit going to the polished Torque Thrust wheels and 235/55/17 front and 255/55/17 rear Goodyear radials.
A two-time magazine feature vehicle, this beautifully built and nicely documented (we have a ton of receipts) truck delivers in every sense of the word. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- CD Player
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Owner's Manual
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