TRUCK STORED IN MASSACHUSETTS. When is a truck more than just a truck? It’s a question that can be answered with a resounding cheer when it’s one that has been as thoughtfully customized as the 1957 Chevrolet presented here by Zoom Classic Cars. Embracing the classic design elements of the Chevrolet Task Force Series of trucks running from 1955 through 1959, there’s nothing finer than watching the road unfold before you as you gaze through the signature wrap-around windshield which was a truck-industry first when it was first unveiled. You know the truck is exceptionally received when the Editors of Classic Trucks Magazine honor it with a full length feature across the pages of its October 2019 Issue.
The journey of creating such a special hauler started with the journey of locating a nice rust-free example to start with. It just so happened that the owner sourced a nicely restored original to serve as the base for creating this very special version. To get started on the rebuild, once the original chassis was disassembled the frame was blasted clean and boxed for added strength while also incorporating a C-notch out back. Wanting to add cutting-edge handling as well as a perfect stance, Progressive Automotive supplied parts to adapt Corvette C4 suspension parts to the frame. Out back a refreshed Corvette C4 IRS was installed utilizing a custom crossmember by Hot Rod Services (HRS) of Hull, Massachusetts, along with brackets from Progressive accented by an HRS antiroll bar and RideTech ‘bags. Up front it’s all business thanks to a Progressive 1-piece crossmember and brackets mounting a restored Corvette C4 IFS along with a custom antiroll bar from HRS and RideTech air bags. When it’s time to stop, a Corvette dual master was matched to a Hydratech hydraulic brake booster moving fluid though stainless lines to Corvette C4 12-inch vented rotors, 4-piston calipers at each corner. Adding just the right amount of style, Foose Nitrous-model wheels sized 18x8 front and 20x10 rear wear rubber from Nitto.
If you’re upping the ante with increased handling you’d better bring plenty of power to the party as well. To add a heavy dose of horsepower to the mix, Reid’s Automotive in Whitman assembled a 355ci Chevy small-block V-8. A 1968 block was massaged and filled with a Scat forged steel crank linked to matching H-beam rods wearing Sealed Power hypereutectic pistons getting bumped a COMP Cams roller cam. Air Flow Research Eliminator aluminum heads make plenty of power especially when matched to a Mooneyes cross-ram intake. The knockout punch was delivered by Kinsler Fuel Injection who built the unique Crossram injection system utilizing custom throttle bodies, Holley 42lb injectors and a Holley HP EFI management system. It sparks to life thanks to MSD and dumps its gasses through Sanderson block-hugger headers to a 3-inch steel exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. A TH400 trans from Triangle Transmission moves the goods to a custom driveshaft by HRS.
Thankfully the truck possessed nice sheetmetal having undergone a recent restoration. Wanting to inject a little personal design, the factory grill opening was updated with a set of ’58 Corvette teeth to set it apart from the rest. A Matt Hotch flush-fit gas cap was fitted along with flipping the rear bumper. The truck was then metal-finished while also setting all the gaps to perfection. A custom-blended Sherwin Williams Rocket Fire Red was then mixed to add right amount of allure and laid down by the masters at Perfection Auto Repair in Quincy, bringing it all to life.
Inside, the stock dash was filled with a Classic Instruments gauge set to monitor the vitals while a restored factory wheel mounted to the original column helps navigate the course. Shifts click through a unit from Lokar with cool breezes compliments of Vintage Air while tunes roar through a Clarion head unit to Rockford Fosgate amps and German Maestro speakers. The factory bench was recovered with fresh red and white vinyl by HRS who also added the black loop carpet. The team at Green Mountain Gear-Heads in Williston, Vermont, wrapped it all up with the installation of the American Autowire kit and fine tuning to get everything dialed in. This is a truly unique 1957 Chevy truck that turns heads cruising down the street and commands plenty of attention wherever it goes. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to own something with plenty of personality, separating it from the rest! Call Jeff for the details. $149,900 OBO