There are customs, and then there are customs—ones that have that “wow” factor—a seamless blend of Detroit engineering and unbridled creativity and imagination. One such custom that strikes the perfect balance is this stunning 1948 Chevrolet Loadmaster Cab Over Restomod—a truck unlike any other.
Beginning life as a 1948 Chevrolet Loadmaster, this former work-a-day truck has been elevated to a work of art—a restomod that now commands each show it attends. Having won numerous first place and Best of Show awards at cars shows with over 500 contenders in the Midwest, it also commands the road, having been a participant in the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour. In addition, this truck has been featured in numerous calendars and magazines, including Custom Trucks Magazine feature, Cruisin’ Times Magazine cover truck and Classic Trucks Magazine centerfold.
Riding on a custom built 2x6 boxed frame with custom built cross braces, this all steel 4-door crew cab features suicide doors operated by remote. The original cab was chopped two and a half inches, and the firewall and hood have been sectioned six inches to accommodate the flared front fenders. A triple chromed front bumper, modified stock grille and frenched headlights and antenna add additional distinction. The rear portion of this truck features a custom fabricated oversized bed with a sprayed in bed liner. Its Snap-On tool chest has been modified for lockable storage and houses remote battery terminals. Pickup truck rear fenders, a brushed stainless steel rear valance and a laser cut “CHEVROLET” moniker in the tailgate add additional pop. Finished in Sonic Blue, this truck’s finish has a beautiful luster.
If the exterior of this truck impresses you, the interior will not disappoint. Its seating for four features custom front and rear bucket seats finished in 2-tone Blue and Black leather. A custom-made housing covered in leather conceals the engine compartment between the rear seats. Proper insulation guards against any excess heat or sound emanating from the engine compartment. A custom leather headliner neatly houses a dome light and Sony AM/FM/MP3 player. The dash board features a laser cut “CHEVROLET” and bow tie, which echo the tailgate design motif. Other laser cut openings in the custom dash board allow for the Vintage Air Conditioning to flow through the cabin without any visible vents. Other features include a full battery of Beede gauges, Sunpro tachometer, tilt steering column, power windows, and cruise control.
Power to this rig is provided by a ZZ4 big block Chevy 454 CID V-8 crate motor mated to a rebuilt TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. The rear end is a Ford 9” positraction with 3.50 gears. Other mechanical specs include the following:
Having just 19,000 miles since completed, this restomod runs and drives as well as it looks.
If a restomod like no other is what you desire, this 1948 Chevrolet Loadmaster Cab Over is the one for you!