THE FAIREST OF ALL ’57 CHEVY PICKUPS
Building a classic vehicle means that you may have to deal with struggles but some of them can be avoided these days. When working with old steel, more often than not there happens to be issues with rust. Unless you start with a fully built and taken care of vehicle, chances are that you will need to replace sections of it to eliminate weathered and compromised material. Very rare is the story of someone purchasing an older vehicle that has no rust.
With high prices for good project vehicles increasing, it only makes sense to start off new. You might feel weird about the idea but when it comes down to it, what does it really matter if you start with new steel? It will still have the same final appearance when done but there is one big difference; you would have saved both time and money dealing with damaged old parts. Plus, it’s sometimes considered sacrilegious to cut up a “survivor vehicle” anyways.
So, what’s the best plan for building a custom classic vehicle that is over a 60-years old? Well, we can tell you that there are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a full-blown show vehicle but there are smarter ways to attack the situation. When the idea came up to create the ultimate ’57, Premier Street Rods of Lake Havasu City, AZ knew just what to do. The folks there are known for building some outstanding vehicles but their latest project has revolutionized the classic truck market place. This build was the perfect candidate for the current works at the shop as they specialize in vintage trucks such as this one.
Premier Street Rods’ owner, Rob Logsdon expressed to us that he was very ecstatic to create a modern marvel with this ’57 Chevy 3100. You see, the crew there now offers a GM-licensed cab and sheet metal for people looking to save heartache and keep budgets lower on builds of these trucks. Yes, that is correct, they build completely new cabs for ’55 late -’57 GM pickups. This is the newest product in the line as Premier has previously offered parts for trucks as early as ‘47, which makes it easy for anyone looking to build these mid-century haulers.
With an entry price of $8,995.00, few may shy away from product, as it does not seem cheap. However, this is a bargain compared to the time and money that would need to be spent while attempting to get an original truck to the same starting point that this new cab provides. Though the initial cost can give you a bit of sticker shock, it is nothing compared to what it would take to restore one of these trucks. Another thing to keep in mind is that you might be working with steel that has been compromised in the process. Given these facts, it’s easy to see how starting off new may be your best approach.
Since this was a high-end build with plenty of performance and a touch of luxury, this truck needed a tire that could uphold these standards. The crew at Premier set their sites on a set of 245/35ZR20 and 285/30ZR22 Nitto INVO tires that would not only look the part, but could actually perform when put to the test. These innovative products of modern gripping technology now cover the Budnik G-series Spyder billet wheels that were chosen for this wicked ride.
As things were shaping up, folks at Premier wanted to make sure that this truck was no slouch. One of the go-to power plants for builds like this is the LS3 and this one was built by BluePrint Engines to bring 638-ponies to the table. Since the truck was being setup for serious performance, the shifting capabilities now come from a TREMEC T-56 manual transmission that delivers power to the Currie rearend. Bringing this all to a halt is a set of Wilwood 14-inch disc brakes. For extra safety is an E-Stopp push-button emergency brake, which is a convenient modern touch that fits right in.
Once the foundation was set, the fellas took one of their new ’57 cabs and dropped it on the chassis along with a bed from Mar-K. Afterwards, all the other sheet metal pieces were collected before adding a few custom touches. Starting at the front is a smoothed bumper that was tucked closer to the body. Then, the grille was modified to resemble one found on a ’57 Bel Air. The doors were then modified to fit a set of sleek and modern Lokar handles. Next, the rear fenders received cutouts for the Borla exhaust and the rear bumper was ditch to make way for a roll pan. With all the exterior panels in place, the body was worked smooth and then painted in House of Kolor Snow White Pearl and Blue Blood Red.
The interior was then set and features an Ididit steering column with Budnik wheel. Other details include a Dakota Digital gauge cluster and Lokar sifter and pedals. Then, it was all sent to Ron Mangus who started by adding bucket seats, a custom center console and redesigned door panels. Then, just about the entire interior was covered in red leather, including the dash.
Though it can be considered a new truck, all the parts are based off the original and can be used on the real thing. What Premier did with this truck is show how you can build one of these trucks without any hassle of searching for worn-out old parts. With their help you can start with fresh new products to help you get to your goal with less troubles.
The results speak for themselves as Snow White has become a modern legend in the custom trucks scene. This truck was debuted at the annual SEMA Show and it was one of the hottest in attendance. It was later taken to a handful of shows as well and won a few awards. It became a Good Guys Truck of the Year Early finalists and even took best of show at the inaugural C10 Nationals. These awards are nice but what Premier really proved is that they are capable of creating top-notch products for show-stopping rides.
Build by: Premier Street Rods, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Engine: 2016 GM 427 cubic-inch LS3 built by BluePrint Engines, Forged Mahle pistons, Dual Coil .650" lift valve springs, Eddie Motorsports valve covers, MSD wires, Holley EFI, Eddie Motorsports pulley drive system, Performance Rod & Custom radiator, SPAL radiator fan, Vibrant Performance intake, Sanderson headers, Borla Type S mufflers, custom aluminum fuel cell
Driveline: Tremec T-56 6-speed transmission, mid-shift conversion, Lokar Performance Products shifter, McLeod twin disc clutch, Currie Enterprises rearend with 3.88 gears and Eaton Tru-Trac limited slip differential
Chassis / Suspension: TCI Engineering chassis with IFS, 4-link with track bar, RideTech ShockWaves, AccuAir management system, Wilwood 14-inch brakes front and rear, Wilwood 7-inch dual diaphragm booster/master
Wheels: 20x9 and 22x11 Budnik G-series Spyder wheels
Tires: 245/35ZR20 and 285/30ZR22 Nitto INVO tires
Body: Premier Street Rods 1957 Chevy 3100 new cab and sheetmetal, Mar-K bed, customized front bumper and rear roll pan, custom running boards, Lokar Performance Products door handles, Eddie Motorsports hood hinges, Brushed aluminum bed floor, custom glass, Nova-Lux headlights, House of Kolor Snow White Pearl and Blue Blood Red paint, Pinstriping by Big Chris
Interior: Work performed by Ron Mangus Interiors / Premier Street Rods, custom red leather bucket seats, custom red leather door panels and headliner, red carpet with custom red leather floor mats, dashboard wrapped in red leather, custom switches, AccuAir Touchpad, custom interior handles, Ididit steering column, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Dakota Digital gauges, Resto-Mod Air climate control, Alpine head unit, Kicker speakers and amplifier, Optima battery