Alan Beers’ Great-8 finalist 1957 Chevy pickup has been named Goodguys 2013 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year-Late. It was chosen as a finalist for the award earlier this year at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
Jason and Jim Smith of the Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, Oklahoma worked on the truck five strtaight years before finishing it and putting it onto the show circuit back in March where it was a big hit at the Detroit Autorama and other big spring & summer events before wowing the Goodguys award selection committee in Columbus.
The Smith’s meticulous modifications include a 3-inch chop, flush-mounted glass, a pie-cut hood, a reshaped nose, and a modified front bumper. The cowl was also moved forward 3-inches and the bed was entirely handmade from scratch!
Greening Auto Company custom-machined many of the truck’s parts, including the trick taillights and steering wheel. The paint is Sherwin Williams Quicksilver and Tungsten. It even has a full belly pan! The amount of work in this truck simply boggles the mind.
Underneath, the custom frame runs Fatman Fabrications suspension, a Ford 9-inch rearend, Bilstein coilovers, and 15-inch Baer rotors with custom-machined calipers by Greening. Greening also whittled the 20 and 22-inch wheels! Power is a 540ci built by Chaz Rose with vintage 1960s Crower fuel injection that’s been converted to modern EFI. It’s backed with a GearStar 4L60E transmission.
Chuck Rowland at CAR Upholstery in in Tulsa crafted the interior using raspberry leather, one-off seats, and Classic Instruments gauges with Greening-machined bezels in the custom dash. Whew! That’s a custom truck!
Look for Beers’ radical pickup inside the “Champion’s Arena” sponsored by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 16th annual Southwest Nationals, November 15-17 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Runner Up finalists for this year’s award included: Johnny Golden, Pickens, SC (’72 Chevy pickup), Scott & Easther Dungan, St Helena, CA (’53 Chevy pickup), Maurice & Lynn Hoover, Elk Creek, CA (‘67 Chevy pickup), Chris McLin, Independence, MO (’72 Chevy pickup), Ron Caicco, Mississauga, Ontario (‘56 Ford Pickup) and Mike Losh, Siloam Springs, AR (’67 Chevy pickup).