Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1955 Chevy 3100
Coy Fuller has been a hot rodder since his early teens with Tri-Five Chevys being his first love. But, as time passed, he married and began a family so rodding fell to the wayside as responsibilities grew. Years later the kids grew up and moved out on their own, leaving time to move on or, in this case, go back to other things. After a few years, he came to realize that you can take the guy out of the hot rod, but you can’t take the hot rod out of the guy. So he told his wife that he could hear his hot rod clock ticking; he had a need to build, and to have and drive a hot rod.
He decided that the perfect hot rod for him would be a ’55-56 Chevrolet pickup. After a year or two of searching he found a candidate project and hauled it home. It was nearly complete and just needed paint and interior, or so he thought ...
As he was taking it apart, getting it ready for paint, he started finding a whole lot more rust than he thought. It turned out that the items that were already completed were not really that well done. It started getting over his head so he contacted Yogi Snider at Southtown Street Rods in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. He agreed to the build and began a complete frame-off build.
The frame already had a Camaro clip on the front, which was kept in place. The frame was then sandblasted, C-notched, braced, boxed, smoothed, and painted. The 12-bolt GM rearend was mounted and lowered with custom-built leaf springs. The chassis was then outfitted with all-new rolling and stopping parts, and painted to match the frame. A fresh 350 small-block Chevy was built and outfitted with an Edelbrock Performer high-rise intake and a matching 650-cfm Edelbrock carburetor, and Sanderson headers. The engine was then installed in the chassis along with a fresh TH400.
While the chassis and running gear were being rebuilt the cab was stripped and more rust was found, the damage was replaced with new metal including the doorsteps, cab corners, floorpans and a portion of the firewall. In addition to restoring the metal, the body was shaved and seams filled.
Like the cab, much of the bed also had to be replaced. A new front panel, a custom smoothed tailgate with hidden latch, and a roll pan were purchased from Mar-K. The rear fenders were replaced with new metal units from Jim Carter Truck Parts.
After the metal was repaired, prepped, and straightened, it was covered in several layers of primer and block-sanded. Southtown Street Rods then sprayed several coats of PPG Hot Licks Red Orange paint. Mike Willey at Wet Willey Design in Claremore applied the one-off custom ghost flames and Southtown finished applying the clearcoat, installed the plumbing and wiring, and started installing the finished chrome and polished pieces. The truck was then taken to James Carter in Tontitown, Arkansas, where he installed the seat frame and stitched the leather and carpet. Carter also designed and built the custom kick panels and the matching custom center dash panel.