While many custom projects begin with a barn-find vehicle, a rusted hulk, or a truck that’s been in the family for decades, George and India Sepulveda’s ’57 Chevy 3100 pickup began as an idea.
Based on an all-steel reproduction Chevy pickup cab from Premier Street Rods and a Total Cost Involved chassis, a masterpiece of creativity and construction was born. A slew of aftermarket components and the skills of the crew at Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, produced this gleaming pearl white cruiser that debuted at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and earned a finalist spot for the Goodguys 2018 Scott’s Hot Rods Truck of the Year Early title.
Beginning with the body, the modifications abound: shaved drip rails, rear-fender exhaust cutouts, Goolsby door handles and pockets, and Novalux LED lights are just the starting point. A custom front treatment features a grille bar with turn signals resembling that of a ’57 Chevy passenger car, while the front bumper is smoothed and tucked in closer to the body. A bushed-aluminum coating on the grille surround and the headlight trim rings matches the wheel color.
The rear bumper is replaced by a molded pan that creatively hides a full-width LED brake light bar between the pan and the tailgate. Brushed stainless steel panels with polished bump strips finish off the highly detailed bed. The truck is covered in House of Kolor Snow White Pearl paint, except for the trim around the cab, which is pained House of Kolor Blue Blood Red, matching the interior and the engine.
The engine – a BluePrint Engines 427c.i. LS3 Chevy power plant – resides in an ultra-clean compartment. A smoothed firewall, custom inner wheel wells, and radiator cover hide all but the gleaming red engine. Wiring, brake components, etc., are all hidden under the same white paint as the exterior. The engine breathes through Holley induction and Sanderson headers that connect to a Borla exhaust system. A Tremec six-speed T56 transmission utilizing a McLeod clutch and flywheel moves the power to the Currie Enterprises rearend.
The aforementioned TCI chassis incorporates an independent front suspension with Wilwood six-piston brakes. Invo tires are wrapped around the 20×9- and 20×11-inch Budnik Spyder wheels.
The elegant red interior package features leather upholstery by Ron Mangus and Dakota Digital gauges in a leather-wrapped dash. A Budnik steering wheel sits atop the ididit tilt column. An understated but creative feature of the interior is the seamless carpet and headliner. A Lokar shifter resides in a custom console that houses many of interior controls.
If a trick red-and-white Chevy pickup stirs your patriotic juices, you’re sure to be blue with envy over the Sepulvedas’ slick ride.
Photos by Damon Lee