The recipe for success is easy: take one handsome 1957 Chevrolet
3100 pickup, drench it in vivid red paint, give it a comfortable
and tasteful interior, and power it with a potent small block V8.
The results on this one speak for themselves, making this pickup a
ready-made piece of full-sized fun.
The red paint on this truck is about 20 years old, but you wouldn't know it by looking. Sure, there are a few signs of use and age, but overall it has a nice shine and a comfortable look that suits a pickup truck just fine. Totally traditional, red is the perfect color for the stylish Chevy hauler, which blends a bit of style with a ruggedness that defined Chevy trucks for a generation. Close examination will reveal decent gaps and smooth body lines, all evidence that this truck was clean before the work started and that the guys in charge took their time. Crisp details like the raised hood edges and the bead along the rocker panels move beyond mere function, creating a truck that was as beautiful when it was empty as when it was hauling a heavy load. The forward-canted cab suggests power and speed, which this truck delivers, and the stepside bed gives it a muscular stance. Beautiful oak planks in the bed warm everything up but if you're planning on hauling anything, bring something to protect it because it's just too pretty to beat up.
The gray cloth interior is just as neatly finished as the bodywork. They ditched the original bench seat and replaced it with a power bench with a folding center arm rest. Contrasting black carpets help control noise and heat in the cab and replace the original rubber mats, helping to further the luxury truck image. The gauges are drop-dead gorgeous pieces from Dakota Digital that fit neatly in the original triangular instrument panel and offer a much more comprehensive view of the engine. There's also a Kenwood AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit that sounds pretty darned good and a Hurst T-handle shifter for the Muncie 4-speed manual gearbox. They even added a set of matching bowtie floor mats, making this a truck you could drive every day if you were so inclined.
The 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood is a fresh GM crate motor with aluminum heads, polished Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, and MSD ignition system. The block wears black paint, and you can tell they focused on the details, because the clean inner fenders, black valve covers and air cleaner, and big aluminum radiator all suggest a truck that was built to look as good as it drives. Block-hugging headers funnel the exhaust into a new dual exhaust system with a great rumbling idle, and yes, that's an independent A-arm front suspension with rack-and-pinon steering and disc brakes at all four corners. The 4-speed manual is connected to the original rear end, so it's still able to do some hauling on weekends if necessary. Stylish chrome wheels are a nice update and wear fat BFGoodrich radials that fill the big wheel wells perfectly.
Beautifully built and lots of fun to drive, this pickup is ready to enjoy without worries. Call today!
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