Meet "Lumpy", rescued from the searing desert wasteland of northern Arizona, transformed like the Phoenix into as cool a cruiser as you may ever find. One part classic, three parts hot rod, two parts restomod, a healthy dose of rat rod and a pinch of power tour make this one awesome build.
Props go out to his creator, Big Len, transplanted out of the streets of Detroit, Michigan to the sands of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It starts with a bone dry 1951 Chevrolet 3100 three window short bed pickup baked to perfection from its once tame teal finish into the patina rich beauty that it is today. Only minor metal repair at the cab corners were required to make it ready for a fresh 383 Stroker small block with 202 Camel Back Heads, a lopey cam, Edelbrock Performer intake and 750cfm electric choke carb, hot ignition, headers and a pair of fat dumps over the rear axle. This thing dynoed on the stand at 435 horspower!!
Coupled to its 411 geared 9" Ford rear end, 33 spline posi straight axles and racing studs through a smooth shifting 700-r4 tranny with a 2100 stall converter this motor makes for a match made in stoplight drag heaven. Power disk brakes at all four corners haul it down without drama. Underpinned by all new suspension, including soft parts, tuned leafs and shackles, front shocks and rear air shocks that come in handy when hooking up to the Class C wired trailer hitch. Maybe that's why Big Len tucked a 49 gallon aluminum fuel cell under the bed? It is after all a pickup truck!
The fact that the original straight axle leaf spring front end was retained gives this truck a throw back feel that loses little compared to a Camaro/Mustang front clip other than turning radius. The addition of power steering makes for effortless maneuverability on the beefy rubber wrapped around those gorgeous Torque Thrust wheels; a matched set of Falken Wildpeaks, 31x10.5/15 rear and 225-75/15 front.
A three inch aluminum radiator and a Vintage Air kit join the Stroker motor under the hood to keep everything and everyone cool in the desert sun. The interior retains a vintage feel with a freshly upholstered bench seat, column shifter, underdash climate controls and requisite gun rack. All of the glass is flawless and the windows roll and swing smoothly; the cowl vent is operative. All of the interior lights, two charging ports (A.K.A cigarette lighters) and gauges are functioning properly as are the exterior lights and signals including those tasty amber period correct fog lights.
The pictures speak for themselves and if these aren't enough message me for a link to another 100 or so. This truck aint all show however. It drives out excellent and sounds bad ass. It will shred those 10.5 wide tires from a dead stop, chirp second gear for effect and cruise one fingered 80mph down the 51, ice cold AC blowing, no sweat. Lumpy's no rat racer around the corners but he is a rat rod you can drive everyday if so inclined.
This stand out example needs nothing but your sound system; equally in tune with ZZ-Top or Hank Williams Jr. Maybe even Rossini's William Tell Overture? It is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is shown by appointment. Low ballers. Scammers and sales assistants need not apply. Call, text or reply.
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