Rarely do vehicles we sell come out so lopsided in favor of the
buyer, but the truth is, you couldn't duplicate this 1983 Chevy
pickup with a budget close to the asking price of this show truck.
Wild two-tone paint, a custom interior, and plenty of big-block V8
power mean that this truck still has what it takes to get noticed
on a Saturday night.
You can count me as one of those folks who like the look of the
short bed on a regular cab pickup because the proportions are
ideal. Of course, this truck is done hauling stuff, but with the
slammed stance and custom two-tone paint job, it looks about a mile
long and thanks to a sizeable pile of cash spent on the paint and
body, it looks fantastic. The super straight bodywork is punctuated
with shaved door handles, a custom cowl hood, that paint-matched
bed cover, and the relocated taillights that are now integrated
inside a custom roll pan. Once everything was blocked and straight,
it received coat after coat of Metallic Yellow atop Metallic Bronze
paint, a custom pinstripe between them, and enough clear to make it
all shine bright. Custom pinstripes work on the cowl hood and bed
cover was laid down by expert hands, but thankfully they didn't go
overboard so the truck will never look too dated. In the following
years, it was driven, shown, and enjoyed over the course of 15,998
miles, but even so it still shows like a fresh build and really
looks great out in the sun. A billet grille up front matches the
custom billet grille in the painted front bumper, and it gives the
front end a sleek look that sets the tone for the entire truck.
Raise the bed cover you'll see the bed floor is protected with a
spray-in bedliner, so it can still work as a truck as well. Looks
cool and practical? Win-win!
You know that a truck this dramatic on the outside needs to be
special inside, and this custom cabin certainly doesn't disappoint.
A custom gray tweed seat cover on the bench seat sets the tone,
with matching door panels, custom headliner, and a covered dash
tying everything together, and if you look closer you can see the
embedded flames in all four. It's comfortable enough to live in all
day and looks great with only minor signs of use, as expected for a
truck with 16k miles on the rewound clock. The custom dash is full
of white-face AutoMeter instruments inside the polished bezel,
almost every part of the Grant bajo steering wheel is polished
chrome, and even the pedals have custom embossed flames ingrained
in them. Plush carpets and custom floor mats blend in with the rest
of the interior and you'll note all the polished accent pieces -
door and window handles, rear view mirror, and the tall Lokar
shifter in the floor. There's a modern Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX head
unit in the dash, which delivers sound to a custom
speaker-subwoofer-amplifier set-up behind the backseat that sounds
Following the sizzling paint and eyeball-popping interior, you'd
think the drivetrain would take a backseat. But you'd be wrong,
because the thundering 572 Merlin V8 under the hood is the star of
the show. The presentation is exquisite, with chrome Hardcore
Merlin valve covers, a polished aluminum air-gap intake, a big
4-barrel carburetor, and ceramic-coated long-tube headers dressing
the big block and helping it seriously pop out of the Metallic
Bronze engine bay. All the accessories are bright and polished as
well, including the power brake and power steering systems, the
full serpentine belt system, chrome air cleaner, and the big
aluminum radiator up front that keeps the whole show nice and cool.
For a truck like this, it's important for it to have the power to
back up the look, and this low-mileage beauty has it in spades.
Even so, it starts easily with the help of an HEI ignition and
distributor, idles well, and moves the slammed pickup with ease,
all with a great V8 soundtrack from the Magnaflow dual exhaust
system exiting before the rear wheels. A TCI TH400 3-speed
automatic transmission powers a heavy-duty 9-inch rear end, and the
incredible in-the-weeds stance looks cool without an abusive ride.
It's presented for show underneath, with Metallic Bronze paint
covering the pans, frame, and all the requisite suspension
components - the direct result of an open-checkbook frame-off
restoration. 18-inch Ridler chrome wheels carry 235/55/18 Pantera
performance radials and help set that killer stance.
This is a whole heck of a lot of custom truck, and with only 16k
miles on the build, it's head-turning days are just beginning. If
it's attention you crave, this truck will deliver in a very big
way. Call today!