We proudly offer one of the finest custom trucks on the planet: This '50 Chevy's only been show four times but it picked up nine awards and four magazine appearances! Here's an overview: This 3100 series half ton pickup boasts subtle modifications throughout, 502 Chevy power, independent front and C4 Corvette rear suspensions. Hot enough? No expenses were spared over the four year period Streetmetal Fabrication had it and the final result speaks for itself!
Nicknamed "Show Tie" (playing off of the famous Chevrolet bow tie emblem) this show truck is more than a cute name. This five-window truck took four years to complete to the highest of standards using only the finest materials and components. Renowned builder Don Jacks and his crew poured their talents into this truck to make it one of the finest ever built!
Start underneath. Don spec'd out a custom built Fatman Fabrications frame and their Mustang II front suspension for precise steering. The C4 Corvette independent rear with polished halfshafts out back endows the car with considerably more handling prowess than GM ever dreamed of for their utility vehicle. Baer brakes front and the stock Corvette binders rear work with a Summit chrome master cylinder and booster for stopping power. There's a Doc's Stainless custom fuel tank, a polished aluminum driveshaft, a trick battery box and all stainless steel lines underneath. With a vehicle of this caliber it's obvious to state the bottom's as nice as the top!
The cost to construct this truly one of a kind masterpiece was just shy of $200,000, and experts who have viewed it agree it is the best of the best. Having appeared in only major shows since finished in October 07, it won the Meguiar's Magnificent Masterpiece and Rod & Custom Magazine's Top Ten in 2007. At the ISCA World of Wheels in Atlanta, it won Classic Truck Magazine's "Smooth & In the Groove" award, Best in Class, and Best Truck of Show. At the Richmond, VA, 2008 Super Chevy Show it was crowned Super Chevy Magazine Editors Choice, as well as Best in Class and Best Truck of Show. Its last appearance was at the Goodguys Southeast Nationals where it was the Trick Truck Corral top pick.
If THAT isn't enough, Rod & Custom and Street Rod Builder showed the truck in their April '08 issues, it was in the ISCA Show Stopper Winter '08 edition and in Goodguys Gazette in April '09!
Coated in super high quality Spies Hecker 2004 Ford Silver Metallic, the custom bodywork is extensive yet subtle. Modifications to the cab, hood, front and rear fenders, running boards, splash guards, front apron, the roll pan and the custom made steel bed floor look so right you'd need to see this truck next to a stocker to spot most of the changes! If you took a stock truck, smoothed everything and sprayed it in a liquid silver you'd have this one. Polished American Racing Torq Thrust IIs, 18x7 front and 20x8 rear, wear Goodyear 245/45 and 245/50 tires, respectively. The bumpers were shortened, recontoured and tucked into the body. Take one look or a thousand and you'll see more detail!
Your underhood view is dominated by the super trick air cleaner setup which matches the grille. Underneath that you'll find a GMPP 502/502 crate engine with a March serpentine pulley system, a NASCAR-spec AFCO cross flow radiator, Sanderson headers, an Edelbrock 750 CFM carb, Mallory ignition components, and an MSD starter. The paintwork in here obviously matches the exterior, as does the craftsmanship shown in the custom firewall, inner fenders and more. Breathing through the Streetmetal-built exhaust this is a tough sounding, hard running truck!
The 1947 Chevrolet pickup design had been in the works in Harley Earl's GM Styling Section since at least 1942. Harley J. Earl was GM's first vice president of design and the undisputed trend leader in American vehicle design. Chevrolet's truck engineers, under the direction of John G. Wood, made the all-steel cab wider by having the body sides overhang the frame rails. This moved the doors outward several inches so that their outer surfaces came down almost parallel with the perimeter of the running boards. As a result, three adults could indeed sit side by side in the cab. The overall shape and detailing were thoroughly modern at the time: They looked surprisingly simple, yet these trucks had a rugged elegance that was wholly without precedent.
The red leather interior is again full of small touches which add up to an amazing picture. The stock appearing dash was hand made by Streetmetal Fabrication and filled with gauges by Classic Instruments and controls for the Vintage Air climate control system. A Flaming River waterfall steering wheel sits atop an Ididit chrome tilt column. A complete Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with an Alpine amp supplies the tunes. The soft trim was handled by well known stitch master Paul Atkins of Alabama. He supplied the custom seat, door panels, headliner, carpet, door handles and more. Like the exterior you almost need a stock truck next to this one just to spot the differences!
Classic silver over red, untouchable craftsmanship, big power and a proven show winning track record, this custom 1950 Chevrolet, “Show Tie”, is THE custom truck to have!
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