With Bob's original budget totally up in flames at this point, he decided he might as well take his dream all the way. As for the body Bob left it mostly stock except for a couple tweaks he thought he might set off. He used a stock front bumper with a little reshaping for the rear bumper. The headlights are Hella, and the taillights are the stock lamps held in place by custom bases painted to match the wheels. The original bed wood (what was left of it anyway) was replaced with some oak to keep it classy and clean. The PPG charcoal metallic paint was then sprayed by Jeff at Colorworks Auto Refinishing out in Denver, but Bob didn't just want the charcoal alone. Although a magnificent color in itself, he decided to have Jeff add some pearlescent ghost flames to the scheme, which took this baby to a whole new level. A set of Billet Specialties Roulette wheels tightly wrapped in some Nitto Tires fill up the wheelwells quite nicely. As is true with most full-on rebuilds, keeping on schedule was nearly impossible. While Bob was eager to move on, the shops were backlogged, which put a bit of a damper on his plans. As Bob finally got to the interior portion of this bad boy, his wife gave the word that she wanted it upholstered in leather. "There it goes again-budget, huh what budget," Bob says. "Little did my beautiful, understanding wife know how hard leather would hit the pocketbook." But a nice, simple leather interior was designed and installed by Nate at Auto Weave Upholstery in Denver nonetheless. The console was also custom fabricated and wrapped in leather too. The steering wheel is a Hollow Point wheel from Billet Specialties, and the steering column and shifter are Flaming River. With his project pretty much finished Bob tossed on some Billet Specialties engine dress up pieces to give the engine bay a nice but not overdone look.
A lot time and hard work was put into Bob's dream truck, as was a lot of patience, but he plans on putting some miles on and having some fun with it this summer at last.
1954 Chevy 3100
|| boxed, filled, and smoothed
|REAREND / RATIO:
||Currie 9-Plus / 4.11:1
||parallel leaf (2-inch drop), airbags
|| 11-inch drum
|| Heidts independent
|| power rack-and-pinion
|| 17x7 Billet Specialties, Roulette
||20x8 Billet Specialties, Roulette