Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
We see a lot of pretty cool pickups, but this 1952 Chevrolet 3100 3-Window Restomod is one of the most elegant we've ever featured. And it's more than just pretty, because there's an LS powerplant underneath, a beautifully trimmed interior, and a well-designed custom chassis that's built for the modern road. Dialed-in and ready to turn some heads, this isn't your Daddy's 3100, it's the one they told you to look out for...
This truck has already earned its share of kudos and shows just 414 miles on the build, with most of those probably coming while it was driving on and off the trailer and around the car show fields. This beautiful hauler started as a standard 3-window Chevy 3100 pickup and was stripped bare and fully rebuilt using old-fashioned hot-rodding techniques and exceptional craftsmanship. Most notable is, of course, the paint job, which is an elegant shade of Pearl White with a high polish to make this blue-collar pickup look at home on Rodeo Drive. Most of the trim was deleted, but they kept the trademark grille, headlight surrounds, and front bumper, and sharp-eyed viewers will spot that the V-shaped windshield is still in place. At the same time, the custom bed got a full makeover that includes a fresh wood floor with dark stain, a custom rear roll pan, and blue dot taillights that look suitably old-fashioned. The overall workmanship is quite impressive, with a great gloss and smooth finish everywhere you look, and you'll be proud to show it off.
Black upholstery on an original-style bench seat is a perfect fit in the 3100 cab, and it anchors an interior that is just as subtle and expertly done as the bodywork. Plush black carpets contrast with the custom-made upholstery on the door panels, and the matching headliner up top is taut and very clean, tying the entire cabin together nicely. Upgrades include a polished chrome tilt column, a billet steering wheel with a leather rim, and a set of new Dolphin digital/analog gauges, all of which bring this vintage pickup into the 21st century. The original dash was painted to match the body and it really brightens up the cab, particularly with bright chrome on the central grille and glove box lid. Clean and to the point, the cabin is a modern minimalist's dream, and it's a perfect complement to the bright-eyed exterior.
For powering your rod, it's pretty hard to beat a late-model 6.0 LS V8. The all-aluminum powerplant was liberated from a late-model GM, and thanks to a fly-by-wire throttle body, the swap is pretty straightforward. Reportedly overbored to 6.2L capacity, it features 823 heads and is a real scalded-dog type runner. With a smoothed white firewall and blacked-out inner fenders, the potent V8 is a neat fit in the pickup's engine bay, and service access is still pretty good. The front subframe is from a '72 Camaro and brings power steering and power front disc brakes with it and a custom engine and transmission harness was used to get the LS and 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission talking to each other properly. A custom dual exhaust system offers block-hugging headers that feed into Magnaflow mufflers for a throaty sound that never gets annoying, and stays tucked up tightly under the bodywork, exiting under the rear valance at the flanks of the relocated gas tank. A '72 Camaro rear end set-up with a 10-bolt handles the torque and the overdrive means this truck is a superlative highway cruiser and thanks to the chassis upgrades, it rides incredibly well for a pickup. Big American Racing Torque Thrust polished wheels are a great choice on a rod like this and carry 315/35/17 front and 245/45/17 rear performance rubber that fills the fenders perfectly.
Beautifully built and ready to cruise, this truck is ready to start collecting trophies or hammering the highways, all of which it does equally well. Call today!
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