1953 Chevy 3100
B.J. Campbell
Derrick City, Pennsylvania

B.J. Campbell was kind enough to share a few images of his homebuilt 1953 Chevy with us. B.J.'s three-window was rebuilt from the ground up in his home garage. Realizing a classic rodstoration project ends up only as good as its foundation, B.J. began by upgrading the pickup's chassis. The 1953's frame has been upgraded with the installation of a Total Cost Involved IFS setup, a custom crossmember, a set of Chevy S10 rear leaf springs, and a quartet of 15-inch rally wheels.

Driveline-wise B.J. chose a muscular Jim Krall-built Vortec 350 Chevy, an automatic transmission, and a 1981 Trans Am disc brake rearend. With the foundation and driveline handled the next step was massaging the body into shape and prepping it for its new Don Swander-applied paintjob. The pickup's finishing touches included owner-fabricated red oak cargo bed flooring, new seats pirated from a 2000 Chevy Silverado, and a Flaming River tilt steering column. Though B.J.'s project took its toll in both time and elbow grease it was well worth the effort as you can see.


If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, email at least six high-resolution photos and background info to jim.rizzo@sorc.com , or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Jim Rizzo, 1733 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92606.