Our Nicest most original truck to date, 1948 Chevrolet 3 window 3100 short bed nickname for this one is “Eight Ball”
This truck came to us by way of Michigan. The body had no salvageable patina and was a great candidate for a paint job. We hadn’t done a nice classical 40’s style truck in a while, so the decision was to make this pure 40’s and 50’s with lots of chrome, steel wheels, original interior (but all new) and the perfect ride height. judging by the pictures I think it came out well and the truck is well received by young and old.
The stock frame was in perfect shape so the decision was made to retain it. To update it a Mustang II IFS front end was installed along with tubular a arms a manual rack and pinion and sloted disc brakes. Turning to the rear a newer camaro rear end was installed along with a 4 link rear suspension. The truck rides on Airbags and has one ViaAir compressor and a small 5 gallon air tank mounted under the bed. The simple control for the bags is paddle switches and manual valves with dual gauge pressure needles mounted on the driver side kick panel. New shocks front and rear and airbags round out the rest of the suspension upgrades. The heartbeat of this ole gal is a crate 350 small block mated to a 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission. The motor is stock with the except of a 4 barrel carb, headers, and dual exhaust. Cooling the motor is a new radiator and electric fan combo. The truck also has a complete Vintage Air AC and Heat surefit kit installed. The truck also received a completely new American Autowire body harness kit from front to rear. The Gas tank was also moved out of the cabin to the rear of the truck and features a new gas tank, lines and fuel pump. Last but not least we installed US wheel smoothies with babymoons and BFG wide whitewall tires to complete the ultimate old school look this truck has.
Turning our attending to the body next, all needed body work and Sheetmetal was done to get the body laser straight for it’s jet black paint job. The hood, front fenders, running boards rear fenders, tailgate and bedsides were all purchased new to make that task a bit easier. In addition to the new Sheetmetal the truck received a brand new Fulton visor, new chrome grill, new chrome front and rear bumpers, new emblems, new headlights, new taillights, new marker lights, new mirrors, new exterior trim on the doors, new door handles, new oak bed wood, new tailgate chains, electric door poppers actuated with a key fob, all new glass, all new seals and all new weather striping.
We didn’t go crazy on the interior, we wanted to pay homage to the 1948 Chevy with subtle upgrades. So we replaced the seat cover, new door panels, new headliner, new kick panels, new carpet, new rearview mirror, basically took all the old stock stuff and replicated it right down to the original steering wheel and column. A few things we did to upgrade would be the dolphin gauges, the Vintage Air surefit ac System, the Lokar Nostalgic shifter, the e brake handle and we installed a radio behind the dash so you could have music but without seeing the head unit. For a bit of flair we put some pinstripes on the dash that can easily be removed if the new owner prefers.
The truck has over 8000 miles on it and has been driven a ton to shows, cruise in’s, cars and coffee events, etc. It’s cool but also not flashy and attracts ton’s of attention because of it’s classic looks(the black really shows off the body lines of these trucks) and it’s everlasting timeless style. This truck looks as good now as it did in 1948.