Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
For consignment, a beautiful and not often seen restomod build blending the timeless looks of a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup with 70\'s Camaro front suspension and a C7 Corvette inspired interior, all in step side form. During the build it had put in a 350ci V8 engine, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The consignor has performed many upgrading tasks during the build as well, so read on for this wonderful example ripe for the picking here at Classic Auto Mall.
The first hint of something different in this year is the \"sweep sight\" wrap around front glass but this truck was not optioned with the larger and more expensive wrap around rear glass, leaving 2 very large B-pillars behind the driver and passenger. A side view shows the swept front design, right down to the side glass and upper framing of the door. This is also true for the front of the truck. In front we have a single headlight with a large \"visor\" overhang formed by the front fenders. These round topped quarters are bordered by a hood that starts at their height, then rises up gracefully to new heights with a center bulbous portion that starts at the front and moves rearward. All badging has been shaved from the hood creating a very clean look up front. A large opening egg crate grille is being used and a lower front bumper, where we see both in excellent condition. More trim shaving has been performed on the laser straight semi pontoon sides with all the gaps being well minded, and the 1970-72 Chevy truck mirror attachments with added directional arrow flashers are all in nice shiny polished condition. Sebring Silver, which is nothing short of an excellent application, covers the entire body of the truck and on the back the tailgate has been fully customized with 4 rows of louvers which continue down to the custom rear roll pan. Moving rearward we find the step in the step side moniker which butts up to the rear fender that could be referred to as a pontoon fender as it does have the round shape and sticks out from the rolled top steel bed sides. In the bed are nicely dark Wood Song II stained oak boards with shiny mounting strips. Inside is painted perfectly in the silver as is the inside of the tailgate and the added wheel tubs. Oh, and lest I forget, the 20-inch multi-spoke DIP wheels are wrapped in low profile 255/30R20 rubber.
As we swing the doors on this light and airy cab, (due to the wrap around glass in front), we see blown away with the C7 inspired Adrenaline Red and black covered and modernized interior. Black and Adrenaline Red leather vie for space with carpeting down low and sweeping multidimensional outcroppings of the modified Corvette panels that hold the power window switches and the electric door actuators. Inside a pair of Corvette heated bucket seats are drenched in like new Adrenaline Red leather and sit in black frames with both seats being power actuated. The smooth bolsters accentuate the tuck and roll inserts and use red stitching for a little extra dress up. A sweeping red leather topped console races between the seats and kicks up to meet the red padded dash. Within this console is the C7 Corvette automatic shifter, seat heater controls, and the Alpine AM/FM/XM stereo with Navigation with Focal Access speakers and a Mosconi amplifier. Up front on the red padded custom front dash with Dakota Digital gauges have been put in during the build. These mimic the originals now with modern LCD blue displays. The dash front itself is custom, as the entire face from the steering column to the glovebox was cut out and a single steel piece was installed.
Under this fully restored hood, and within a fully restored nice silver and black engine bay is now an orange/red GM painted block 350ci V8 circa 1978. Orange valve coverings and a nifty silver batwing style air cleaner covering now tops the 4-barrel carburetor. An aluminum radiator is seen, and on the back is a 200R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive. The rear axle is of the BOP 10-bolt variety and is equipped with 2.56 gears and Positraction. All is near showroom for this engine bay with tucked and hidden wiring and a filled and partially smoothed firewall.
A solid black painted rust-free frame and suspension shows the Raptor lined bed underneath at the back of the truck. Solid bed hangers and fenders undersides are showing in more black and the flooring is rust and mar free. A 70\'s Camaro subframe was grafted into the front of the original 1955 truck frame so we now have the added benefit of an independent coil spring front suspension equipped with new Delco shocks with power disc brakes and in the rear we see traditional leaf springs and power drums. Dual exhaust weaves it way down from the engine and attached to a pair of Turbo style mufflers before taking a hard turn and exiting with large chrome rectangle tips in front
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