1948 Chevy Pickup by Tom Holmes
Pickup trucks have been an example of the American Dream and the efforts to achieve it; originally designed for businesses and farmers, these workhorses reached residential driveways as part of families’ lives as a daily driver. This is around the time when hot-rodders started modifying them and transforming them in veritable race cars. This 1948 Chevy Pickup doesn’t really look ready to work, but it will stop anyone in their track.
Tom Holmes has been fascinated by the race scene since the early ‘50s, which is why his passion and drive has resulted in some incredible projects. After coming across a mesmerizing ’54 Ford pickup being shown by Pete Klucas, owner of Top End Engineering, Tom and his wife went on the hunt for the next project and settled on a beat-up ’48 Chevy.
Together with the people at Top End Engineering, the pair stripped down the old pickup and fabricated a custom frame, able to accommodate all electrical, plumbing and air lines that would make t his a modern-day vehicle. Speaking of which, this cool looking truck comes with Moser Engineering axles, a custom chromed 4-link and Panhard bar, RideTech ‘bags and RidePRO e3 control system, not to mention an upgraded braking system comprising Wilwood Engineering 12-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers; the Intro Aurora alloys are easily spotted, right?
Hiding under the refreshed and sleek exterior is a Chevrolet Performance 502ci Ram Jet big-block crate V8 engine, packing some 21st century upgrades, such as a forged steel crank, matching rods, forged aluminum pistons and a smooth hydraulic roller cam.
A set of high-flow aluminum oval port heads work alongside a Ram Jet tunnel-ram styled intake and fuel injection system to make sure all the engine’s power is delivered instantly; a custom stainless 3-inch exhaust and Magnaflow mufflers take care of the soundtrack.
BG&S Transmissions mated a GM 4L80E gearbox to the engine, while other delicious and elegant touches are easily noticed under the hood and throughout the vehicle. Top End Engineering transformed the pickup into a showroom car, which now features welded side vents and cowl vent, extended front fenders, a modified ’46 Chevy front bumper, early ‘30s Chevy headlamp surrounds, ’35 International fluted lenses and a reworked bonnet.
Once everything metal was all good and in proper shape, a coat of custom-blended PPG silver pearl green brought the pickup back to life. On the inside, things are not looking any less impressive; the custom dash now ends into the doors, the door handles were built into the sill plates and a new flowing steel console comes along for the ride. A Billet Specialties steering wheel, Classic Instruments dials and Italian leather welcome the driver to enjoy the new door and kick panels, headliner, and reworked the ‘90s-era Lexus seats. Who’s up for some shopping or a joyride?