3100 Twin Turbo Restomod
INSANE CUSTOM BUILD, PROBUILT TWIN TURBO LS, 4L60E, LEATHER, CUSTOM FAUX PATINA
Look, you are either going to think this 1959 Chevrolet 3100 pickup is the coolest thing you've ever seen, or you're just not going to get it. If you're a member of the "holy cow, that's incredible!" group, then you're in for a treat, because this might just be the world's coolest sleeper. With a twin-turbo LS motor, 600 horsepower, and that awesome patina look, this truck is rolling cognitive dissonance. Wow!
Patina trucks are all the rage right now, but there's a fine line between patina and "rusty." Fortunately, this truck doesn't have to tread that line, because all the patina you see was applied by a very talented painter, not Mother Nature. So no worries about something falling off as you rip off 10-second quarter-mile passes. It's convincing and show-goers are going to be tempted to rub their fingers over the mottled surface, and what could be better for keeping a low profile? Chevy fans will recognize that there's a '55 front clip on this '59 truck, and it looks great. There's a cool faded "Salt Flats Recovery" sigil on the doors, and it ties in neatly with the fake tow hook mounted in the bed. This truck sure looks like it should be dragging some lakes speedster home. Nothing was shaved or deleted, so you get a stock bumper with plenty of wear and tear, a white grille that hasn't been painted in decades, and factory-style mirrors. But if you look closely, you might notice those oversized rear fenders, but the illusion is so convincing that most folks won't even give it a second glance. That's why this truck is so cool.
The interior is anything but patina, and you'll be happy to spend plenty of time there. A custom Glide Engineering bench seat was upholstered with cloth inserts to resemble an indian blanket, there are bamboo floor mats, and everything was covered in olive-colored leather for a very upscale look. The custom gauge panel is full of white-faced Nordskog instruments and the rest of the dash was smoothed and finished in more olive green, with an A/C unit tucked underneath. A floor shifter, push-button start, and a tilt column with a billet wheel all work to make it feel rather modern from behind the wheel. No radio, but once you hear this monster run, you'll never think about it again. Check it out, it's just gorgeous!
The engine is a 4.8 liter LS V8 that's being force-fed by a twin-turbo system built by Morgan Performance Fabrication. Each 60-1 T04S blower is capable of supporting 600 horsepower by itself and with that beautiful stainless plumbing, the engine bay is a work of art as well as highly functional. Dual air-to-water intercoolers work with a Bosch pump and a giant heat exchanger to keep everything cool and 60 lb-hr injectors keep it well-fed. There's a giant aluminum radiator up front and with custom programming, it's easy to drive, docile, and very user-friendly. But open it up, and the 3-inch exhaust roars and this incredible hauler gets up and hauls! Fortunately, you've got a tubular 1969 Camaro front suspension with coil-overs to keep it pinned down, and the 4L65E transmission was rebuilt 600 miles ago to handle the engine's output. In back there's a Ford 9-inch that was custom narrowed and filled with 3.50 gears and held in place with a set of Caltrack traction bars. Fortunately, there's also a disc brake at all four corners and a big fuel cell hanging out back. Plain-Jane steelies are the absolute right choice, although the 12-inchers out back will make a statement to anyone paying attention.
This might just be the coolest vintage pickup we've ever seen. If this is your particular brand of lunacy, give us a call, because things like this don't last very long. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Coil-Over Suspension
- Tilt Wheel
- Leather Seats
- Air Conditioning
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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