My personal favorite build to date, “Slampache” 1959 Big Window (my favorite feature of any 50’s truck) fleet side, Short-bed 3100 pickup truck.
Slampache started of life as a plan Jane 59 3200 in pristine condition when we acquired it. With no patina and a perfectly straight body, we decided to get a little creative and build the finished project you see here.
To achieve the desired altitude adjustment, we installed a brand-new mustang II style front suspension with rack and pinion steering. The front has all new spindles, brakes, shocks and Firestone airbags. I the rear we did a step notch, panhard bar, custom parallel 4 link, Firestone bags and new shocks. This combined with two Viaair compressors, one tank, and airlift gauges with manual valves and paddle switches complete the simplicity of the air bag setup. This truck rolls on made in American 20″ Detroit steel wheels painted satin black with a whitewall look.
The heart of Slampache is a Chevrolet performance 383 Stroker motor putting out 425hp. We personally love to row gears, so we contacted the folks at American power train and ordered a Tremec 5 speed conversion with all new components (clutch, transmission cross member, slave cylinder, etc.). A set of headers and brand-new dual exhaust let this baby rumble, so your neighbors know you are home. We shaved the firewall, relocated the power brake booster under the cab, painted the fender wells, painted the motor, added a set of finned SBC valve covers and topped the engine off with a Cadillac air cleaner. We added power steering, new alternator, and complete AC kit to the truck. While doing all that we ran a brand-new body harness from front to rear as well as new brake lines and e brake in addition to a new fuel tank and electronic fuel pump.
For the exterior we commission a painter near Chicago to do a one off fauxtina paint job to make this perfect truck look old and worn. This compliments the raised bed floor complete with reclaimed barn-wood floor.
The last piece of the puzzle was the interior. For that we took a newer Chevy truck seat (they fit perfectly in these old trucks and are comfortable) and redid the seat to match the door panels, headliner, sun visor and carpet. Next was a retro sound radio along with new gauges, an impala steering wheel, and tilt column complete the modernization of the interior.
Slampache has been our most favorite build to date and we really hate to see him go. Be the only person in the country with a one-off stoker motor, big back window, fauxtina, fleetside, bagged old school truck.