Purchasing a rod someone else built almost always makes the most fiscal sense (not to mention the time saved by buying out someone else\'s toil and labor), and THIS 1949 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window Pro Street with its huge build cost and show-quality execution, is the badass pickup that you want. Not only is it achingly beautiful and expertly built, but it\'s fully sorted and comes with an extensive list of performance components that make it one of the meanest Pro Street trucks that we\'ve ever featured. Take a closer look, this is one VERY special piece of machinery.
The list of modifications on this pickup is extensive, and includes shaved emblems, upgraded headlights, a custom roof, and a 1-piece curved windshield that looks fantastic. And when you look at that custom bed you realize that it\'s a phantom, a figment of some metal crafter\'s imagination, with huge rear fenders molded to fit the fat rear tubs and tires, a relocated polished gas tank, capped bed rails, a custom roll pan, and extended wheelie bars that jut-out behind well behind the truck. There are a few shadows of the past there in the form of original front fenders molded into the sides, but the curves are just too gentle to be 1949, and the side-pipe cut-outs underneath them look like four church-organ trumpets poking their heads out to deliver all that Pro Street rumble. How cool is that?! The sparkling chrome grille is new, as are the chrome headlight rings, and they really pop up against the custom finish. Speaking of that spectacular finish, once all the custom metalwork was done and the truck was sculpted and smoothed, it was coated in gallons of Mango Tango paint that lives somewhere between fire orange and copper, and looks so good under our lights our photographer needed smelling salts before he got started. In truth, this 5-window is downright amazing in person and if you\'re a trophy hunter, this is the perfect bait. Wow, is it impressive!
The new leather interior is no less spectacular, with the same combination of spectacular design and craftsmanship and functional elegance. The two-tone bucket seats are actually from a late-model, professionally reupholstered in tan and brown leather and way more comfortable than anything you\'d ever find in 1949. New plush carpets and custom matching door panels add to the luxurious feel that has upgraded this lowly pickup, and the big middle console that splits the seats contains storage and cup holders, just like you\'d find in a new truck. Fully redesigned and finished to match the upholstery, the reworked dash features black-faced dials from AutoMeter that look of a certain age even though they\'re brand new, and the R134a A/C vents under the dash were seamlessly integrated and pump cold air into the cab, while the retro-style AM/FM/AUX head unit handles the entertainment. A gorgeous leather-wrapped billet steering wheel and trick Lokar shifter add to the fully custom look inside, and even the headliner above is finished to the highest standards. Quite simply, no expense was spared inside, and it certainly shows.
But this is no mere trailer queen that\'s meant to only be drooled over inside a showroom. No, this Chevy packs a wallop in the form of a 454 cubic inch V8 big block motor that was pro-built to take pink slips for a living. Built by the experts at Gordon\'s Engines and Machine Shop, the build sheet rates the block at 525 horsepower and enough torque to pull a Redwood out by the roots, this truck seriously moves. Fed by a QuickFuel double-pumper carburetor an aluminum intake, and Renegade Runner aluminum heads, it breathes deeply and fires effortlessly with the first turn of the key (further aided by the MSD Volt Street Performance ignition), and thanks to a big aluminum radiator, it stays cool no matter what. It\'s also presented for show under the hood with custom inner fenders, a smoothed firewall, and chromed and polished components everywhere you look. A custom built Zoomie
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