Donnerstag, 6. Oktober 2016

Pick Me Up... 1955 vs 1953

Einfach nur geniessen...........

Models 1953

and for the fans of custom cars: the Satin Slipper - WOOW

Regardless of what anybody did or didn’t think would happen, some people just aren’t content with certain things “as is,” and in this instance, Salinas, California’s Juan Avalos had a different vision in mind for his truck, a little something we like to call a custom makeover. Visually, his ’53 is slippery smooth, something the satin silver finish greatly emphasizes. Thanks to Kustom Fabrication’s Max Farrell, not only the exterior was reworked, but the chassis as well, giving the truck a low and sleek profile.

For starters, the top was dropped 3 inches, which required quartering the roof and using a donor skin. Avoiding the “mail slot” look, the rear window was only chopped an inch, but it was lowered proportionately. Rather than shaving it off completely, the driprails were removed, and in their place 3/16 cold-roll was welded and blended to the cab, which makes for a cleaner look. Beyond that, the bed was given a once- or twice-over for aesthetics’ sake as well as functionality-the rear stake pockets now flow into a molded splash pan which, in turn, flows into the bumper. The rear fenders were moved up just a tad, requiring the side aprons to be modified accordingly. And among other things, the hood was nosed and the stock headlights frenched.

Below the silvery satin exterior lies a fully customized foundation. Up front, Farrell installed a Mustang II unit, then added 2-inch dropped spindles, modified the tubular control arms, and relocated the shock mounts-all in an effort to allow the airbags to do their work to the fullest, which they do. Out back, a Camaro 10-bolt was set up to ride within a heavy C-notch via a four-link and airbags mounting from a tube crossmember. The Air Ride system operates quick-like thanks to a 7-gallon air tank, two big compressors, and 1/2-inch valves. A set of ruby red smoothies adorned with Shannon cone caps and wrapped in Coker wide whites roll the chassis in true classic style.

Drivetrain-wise, Juan went the reliable route with a GM Goodwrench crate 350 and a Turbo 350 automatic. The engine was dressed up with ball-milled valve covers, a Chevy aluminum air cleaner, and CoolFlex hoses. And beneath all that, trusty items like an Edelbrock intake and carb, HEI ignition, and cast-iron exhaust manifolds serve their purpose. The trans is told what to do by means of a nostalgia-style Gennie shifter.

You really need the flat land of California to drive this.. In Our Alps, no way

The question is, paint the radiator grill in the same colour as the car or in chrome?

Models 1955: 3100 in Pastelfarbe, unbeatable hype

Cool, this one is for sale

But really, they are out of their mind: Asking price USD 185'000 LOOOOL.

Quite an uncommon front view... so what does the seller tell us?

National Award Winning 3100 Custom Pickup EFI LS3 6.2L V8 4L60E PS A/C Leather

GM LS3 crate engine / 480 horsepower
Custom Street Rod Garage frame / Custom suspension
Shaved mostly-original body
Featured on the cover of the November, 2014 edition of Classic Trucks Magazine

4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
Power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel power disc brakes
Paul Atkins leather interior / Modern air conditioning

Ford 9-inch rear axle / 4.11 gears
Billet Specialties Stiletto wheels
Winner of multiple national awards

During the dark days of ‘70s emissions systems, there was stalwart gearheads. During the disarray of the ‘80s malaise scene, there was hardcore gearheads. And even now, with increasing cost of ownership becoming the norm, there are still diehard gearheads. No matter where the future leads, there will ALWAYS be lifestyle enthusiasts who build a culture around the rush of turning transportation into art. And, unless you’re one of us, it’s something you’ll never understand. So, what happens when a machinist turned hot rodder executes a sick-figure build with virtually no limits? You get a razor-sharp head turner like this magazine-featured Chevrolet 3100! The product of an uncompromising vision and many talented builders, this stunning Chevy wraps a tuned LS3 small block and stalwart 4L60E transmission in a custom suspension and classic aesthetics. And, if you’re a fellow enthusiast who’s looking to satisfy an unrelenting need to headline shows and make a big statement, it’s the award-winning pickup of your dreams!


Professionally restored by Legens Hot Rod Shop of Martin, Tennessee, this 3100 spent most of its life as a solid Arizona worker. In what amounted to a systematic, no-expense-spared rebuild, the truck’s rust-free body was completely stripped, thoroughly massaged and layered in a liquid-smooth coat of Jet Black 2-stage. Traditional touches, like shaved fenders and a nosed hood, were complemented with shaved wipers, a smoothed cowl, shaved mirrors and polished LED taillights. A gorgeous burled wood bed was affixed using highly polished stainless hardware. And, for good measure, Legens even smoothed the truck’s mirrored bumpers. Today, this incredible half-ton is a unique combination of time, talent and exceptional attention to detail. And with its killer paint, hot small block and stylish interior, it’s the kind of top-notch street rod that’s guaranteed to make you weak in the knees!

First Serie with different front, smother view

1955er Chevy Cameo, note the Chevrolet sign missing in the models above

let's go the extramile for a crazy rendering, it looks like a little fishing boat LOL Looks slimmer and so close to the ground. The Hotrod version... cannot drive that in my area, too bumpy roads.

A little Chevy Truck History 1947-1955

With production starting in May of 1947, Chevrolet's new truck series were GM's first new post-war vehicles, as well as America's first new post-war trucks. The 'Advance Style' trucks, with integrated headlights and larger cab, started an industry trend, and the switch from horizontal to vertical front grille set Chevy's trucks apart from all others on the road. Soon all truck builders were redesigning their cabs for three-person seating and more comfort.

1947-1948 Chevy Trucks

Advance Design trucks were offered in different several models, identified by a four-digit number displayed on both sides of the hood. Half-ton trucks were 3100 series, with 3/4 ton trucks getting a 3600 designation. Chevy's 216-cid straight-six motor was retained, receiving only minor engine improvements. The carburetor accelerator pump was moved into the float bowl to keep the leather piston wet, and to help cold-engine driveability, the hand-choke activated a carb-mounted fast-idle cam. Older, ream-fit main bearings were replaced with the modern precision-type.

1949 Chevy Trucks

Trucks had sold well during the last few years, and Chevrolet topped the market. Cosmetically, changes were minor. The inner surfaces of the grille bars were painted white, with pinstripes removed from the outer bars. Other changes included relocating the gear-shift the floor to the column, allowing for more legroom. Gas tanks, previously frame-mounted, were moved inside the cab, standing upright behind the seat.

1950-1953 Chevy Trucks

1950 saw the conversion from lever-action shocks to the modern tube type. New rear quarter windows improved visibility. Load capacity ranged from 1,500 pounds on the 3100 series up to 2,900 pounds on the 3800 one-ton model. Trucks rode on 16-inch tubed-tires, with three body lengths available. A side-mount spare tire carrier between the cab and the left rear fender became optional.

The Korean Military conflict brought about a precious-metals shortage, with Automakers substituting chrome parts with plain steel. Most Chevy trucks came with a painted front grille. Factory-installed signals became optional in 1953.

1954 Chevy Trucks

Although an all-new truck was planned for the following year, 1954 Chevrolet trucks received a minor restyle, which included a one-piece curved windshield, a new grille and front turn signals. The dashboard was redesigned, featuring twin instrument dials. A new cargo box had a lower loading height, taller bed sides, and horizontal top rails. 3600 models gained a three-inch stretch in bed length. Chevrolet would use this style cargo box into the Eighties.

The 216-cid "Stovebolt Six" motor, in use since the Thirties, was discontinued in favor of the 235-cid engine from Chevy's Load-Master truck series. Improvements included stronger crankshaft and connecting rods, aluminum pistons, and full-pressure lubrication. With 7.5:1 compression ratio, horsepower was 112 at 3,700 rpm. Torque was 200 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm.

An automatic transmission was offered in 1954, the first time in Chevy truck history, Three manual transmissions were available. An all-synchro three-speed was standard in the 3100 and 3600, with a heavy-duty all-synchro three-speed optional. A floor-shifted, four-speed all-synchro came standard in the 3800, and optional in the others.

The Deluxe Comfortmaster Cab option gave the buyer corner windows, chrome window moldings, passenger-side sun visor, driver's armrest, and dual horns. Also optional were electric windshield wipers, a foot-operated windshield washer, radio, heater, turn signals, and dash-mounted clock.

1955 First-Series Chevy Trucks

Early 1955 Chevrolet trucks, referred to as 'first series', saw only minor cosmetic changes. The main difference mechanically was a switch to an open drive-shaft from the older-style torque tube. The first-series trucks were built through March of 1955, replaced by Chevy's 'Task Force' series.

Introduced in March of 1955, Chevrolet's new 'Task Force' series of trucks was quite a departure from their existing line of pickups. Smooth, rounded sheet-metal replaced the old pontoon-style fenders, and large, wrap-around windshield glass offered better visibility and gave a more contemporary look. And for the first time, an eight-cylinder motor was available under the hood.

1955 Chevy Pickup

The 1955 model year began with the continuation of Chevrolet's Advance Design pickups, which dated back to 1947. These first-series trucks, built until March of 1955, were durable and sold well. But Ford's new 1953 F100 pickup, as well as Dodge's new model in 1954, prompted a re-design to a more modern looking truck. Taking styling cues from their very successful passenger car platform, Chevy's second-series pickups were re-engineered and restyled for mid '55.

Task Force trucks rode on a new, wider six-crossmember frame, allowing longer front and rear leaf springs to be fitted. The standard h

alf-ton 3100 series had a 114" wheelbase, which it shared with the smooth-sided 3124 series Cameo Carrier. The 3200 series trucks had a longer bed and rode on a 123" wheelbase. Three-quarter ton models used 3500 and 3700 designations. Chevy's venerable 'Stovebolt' Six, standard on all models, displaced 235-cid and produced 123-horsepower.

Electrical systems, upgraded from 6 to 12 volts, were one of many improvements on the new series of trucks. The biggest news was Chevrolet's new small-block V-8 engine, introduced on 1955 passenger car models, was now offered with their trucks. More efficient and more powerful than the six-cylinder motor, the 265-cid V-8 was also 30 pounds lighter. 1955 Chevy V-8's did not have an oil filter nor a provision for one. An add-on filter canister, mounted atop the thermostat housing, was optional.

1956 Chevy Pickup

Aside from slight emblem changes, 1956 Chevy truck exteriors were unchanged. The long options list from last year was back, including power steering, power brakes, whitewall tires, full wheel covers, chrome front and rear bumpers, and a factory-installed radio. The Custom Cab option included chrome interior door knobs, arm rests, dual-sun visors, a cigarette lighter, and a large wrap-around rear window. All V-8 blocks were now machined with an oil filter boss, allowing a full-flow oil system.

1957 Chevy Pickup

Third-year Task Force pickups received a distinctive new grille that would be a one-year feature only. Increasing the bore of the small-block V-8 brought displacement up to 283-cid. Horsepower increased to 185-horsepower. Five transmissions were available: three-speed, heavy-duty three-speed, three-speed with overdrive, four-speed, or GM's Hydra-matic automatic.

1958 Chevy Pickup

Styling on all Chevy passenger car and truck models were changed to accommodate the industry-wide switch from two to four headlamps. The new Apache model came standard with painted grille and front bumper, and could be upgraded to chrome. The new Fleetside model featured a smooth-sided cargo box and larger bed capacity. Model designations were shortened to 31, 32, 35 and 38 series. A recasting of the 283 small-block gave thicker cylinder walls and side motor-mount bosses.

Before 1958, Chevrolet had used outside suppliers such as Minnesota-based NAPCO (Northwestern Auto Parts Company) to convert their light and medium-duty trucks to four-wheel-drive. A GM-designed 4X4 drivetrain was now available. Air-conditioning also became available as a dealer-installed, factory-authorized option.

1959 Chevy Pickup

The last year of the Task Force line saw minor changes. Front and side emblems were changed to distinguish this year's model from last year's. Posi-traction became an option, and larger drum brakes were used. In all, 13 different truck models were available this year.

In the five years Task Force trucks were produced, Chevy sold more pickups than any other manufacturer, capturing more than 30% of the market.

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