BEAUTY N BEAST - This Custom Chevy Pro-Street Truck displays a lengthy list of custom touches and first-rate detail work that highlights its solid, streamlined and smoothed body accents. The idea was to have a clean, non-gleaming “regular old truck” body on a completely race prepared chassis hidden underneath. No chrome, no glamour, no shiny painted parts, just a truck! - At the front of this White Satin colored ‘57 truck with the one-year-only ‘wide mouth grille’, a customized ’57 Bel-Air light bar addition has been cut down and modified to fit inside the grill surround. The light bar is coated with a stainless matte finish instead of re-chroming. Below the grille, a customized all steel lower fill in valance replaces the traditional wrap-around chrome bumper. The headlights are classic style H-beams with all the original chromed parts being stripped and coated in the stainless-steel matte finish look to match the grill. All the original turn signals have been removed, shaved and smoothed. The hood on this truck is a one-off and has been incredibly fitted from a 1959 model year Apache. The sloped angle and the dished top was necessary to bring the profile of this truck to its best look of all. The stock hinges and the latch assembly had to be modified – everything had to be changed to make this custom hood a reality. The smoothed cowl finishes the look all the way to the bottom edge of the new tinted windshield. The truck is trimmed in all new glass, fresh weather stripping and black inserts. The doors are equipped with powered window units with the vents deleted. All the stock GM latch and door locking hardware has been replaced with Altman latches and power door locks all custom wired and relay controlled.
Keeping with the clean flow of body lines every exterior part has been removed and ‘smoothed’ with shaved door handles and locks, gas fill cap, all emblems and the tailgate hardware. Every inch has been gone over, rust panels removed, repaired and made new again. The typical cab corners and door bottoms have been replaced. The bed fenders, tailgate and front panel are all brand new sheet metal. The cab, front clip and bed sides are original 1957. Mar-K hidden hinges and latches and billet tail lights in the end posts give an almost invisible look until the LED lights come on. A flush rear roll pan with an inset plate holder covers a hidden hitch to finish off the rear of this tricked-out truck to pull that flat-bottom down to the river on hot sunny days. Or whatever you want to tow around.
Crawling underneath this half-ton reveals its Grey Hammer-coated boxed main 2” x 4.5” frame rails with a 1971 Camaro Z28 front member that’s been expertly spliced into the main frame. Tracking is provided by a fully adjustable independent front suspension which features QA1 tubular control arms and QA1 coil over shocks with 550 lb. rated springs, so, setting this beauty down at the shows or at the track for proper stance will not be a problem. A Saginaw quick turn power steering box helps take the ½ ton through the turns with ease. The Big 9" Ford rear differential has been professionally shortened and contains a TPS 3rd Member, 3.50 gears and 31 spline Strange rear axles to carry the power to the Giant 29x18x20 Mickey Thompson S/R Radial rear tires on 20” GT40 Shelby Racing wheels. That painted rear end thrusts the truck instantly on a Chris Alston Battlecruiser Chromed 1.25” four-link rear suspension that’s complete with Viking adjustable coil-over shocks. Quick stops are provided by a GM hydro-boost powered four-wheel disc-brake system by Wilwood, with 4-piston calipers front and rear, that utilize their 12.19” large vented rotors, all stainless hard lines and fittings front to rear and braided whips. Everything under the truck that is frame-bound; stainless brake lines, aluminum fuel lines, electrical, battery box and master cylinder is very well-planned out.
The massive 496 Cu. In. Big Block Chevrolet powerplant is … Well, it’s just massive at over 700 horsepower with a normally aspirated intake system. The beast breaths through custom over-the-frame headers to let all them horses sing out loud through a 3-inch true dual exhaust system and a couple throaty Magnaflow mufflers. The system is pre-wired for exhaust cut-outs to open it all up with a flip of a switch.
When you pop-open this truck’s doors, you’ll find a beautifully sculpted cockpit. The entire dash has been smoothed with a custom valance added to the bottom just for that bit of difference in custom appearance. It can be painted or it can be wrapped in whatever materials wanted for the final detail. In front of the driver, a polished stainless Flaming River tilt steering column spins a 15-inch Classic Camaro steering wheel. Stewart Warner Gauges surround the wheel. A firm set of saddle colored bucket seats matches the truck’s leather wrapped door panels with billet buttons for the door poppers and electric window switches and a pull handle to easily close the cab doors. Finishing off the interior is the custom-built Center Console that fits perfectly under the dash and goes directly through the middle of the seats with an arm rest, lighted aircraft style power switches, billet power lock switches and the transmission shifter all incased in a black Lexan© background.
The metal work has been completed on all the cab and bed panels, the bed is all straight and has been body prepped for paint, the cab and front clip has not had any final prep work completed. Final body preparations of door fitments, hood fitment and prepping is required for that final paint job project. The complete build has been documented and includes all receipts, product manuals, design drawings of custom systems, electrical wiring diagrams and loads of pictures. The build has been followed extensively on web forums like 67-72 Chevy Trucks and on Facebook 55-59 Chevy Trucks.
This is a true Custom 1957 Chevrolet Truck… Don’t miss this opportunity to own a custom Chevrolet Task Force pickup truck that you can drive comfortably, race at the track safely and even show it all off with Great American pride.
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