Red Line Masterpiece ‘55

Walt and Jean Nelson own this stunning ‘Red Line Red’(a PPG color) 55 Chevy pick-up (3100 series). Purchased in 2010 out of Arizona - it was languishing away in an Indian Reservation! He was able to purchase the stock cab and 8’ bed together with two chassis’.

Walt’s background allowed him to dig in and start creating this beautiful masterpiece. Extensive Air Force training and subsequent duty as an F-4 Phantom Crew Chief, then the GI Bill and several years of A&P (Air-frame &Powerplant) school gave him all the skills to tackle this undertaking. He retired not long ago as Superintendent of Fleet Maintenance from the City of Norwich, Connecticut (35 years).

His first order of business was to shorten the frame to accept the 6’ bed. A TCI front end was attached to the boxed frame as well as a Ford 9” rear (3:50 gears) with TCI Parrallel Leafs to get it to a rolling chassis on 17” Torque Thruster wheels and 205/50Zr17’s (front) and 255/50Zr17’s (rears- mini-tubbed). 

Custom touches abound including the rolled rear pan, and the center counsel (made using 18 gauge steel). All overhead seams were welded and ground smooth and the dash was extended down 4.5” to hide the vintage A/C. The third brake light was flush mounted, a frenched antenna, turn-signals and sectioning of the bed rounds out just some of the other touches. The Red Oak was stained and installed under a custom Pro’s Pick cover out of Canada. LMC Truck provided the chrome and glass is from Auto City Glass.

Comfort items included 2005 Buick LeSabre Dove Grey leather seats. A Pioneer am/fm MP3 CD was hidden under the seat with 4-6 inch Sony round speakers trying to keep up with the sounds of the power lurking under the hood. by American Autowire Highway 22 series and Classic Instruments keeps track of the vitals.

Go power comes from a 355 cu in small block with competition cam, 9.5 to 1 pistons, Patriot Style headers, 600 Eldebrock carb and manifold too shifting through a 700R4 trans. Steering is handled by the Flaming River stainless steering column with a cut-down Chevy (17in to 15in) steering wheel. 4 wheel ECI disc brakes and rotors brings it all to a safe stop.

Working 6 days a week for two years and doing all the work himself, (including paint!) gave Walt and Jean many awards, including; Good-Guys Builders Choice at the 2015 East Coast Nationals Event, NSRA 2013 Outstanding Use of Color award, 2013 Cruisin’ New England (In Boston) Super Wheel Showdown Vehicle of the Year and a 2014 Magnificent Masterpiece by Maguires pick too. Many other awards line their shelves and are a testament to this truly Magnificent “Red Line” Red 55 Chevy pick-up! One sweet Ride Walt!

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