CLASSIC GOOD LOOKS
Wrapping tasteful aesthetics around a choice Heidt’s chassis, six liters of LS V8, and a trusty Tremec 6-speed, this clean World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod is a head-turning stunner that mixes hot performance with proven style. And if you’re looking for a timeless ride with a bit of muscle car flare, it’s a chance to turn your lust-worthy dreams into a fantastic reality!
The product of a 6-figure, 2,200-hour build that was completed in early 2019 by Cook Performance of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, this slick World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod wraps custom Crystal Red Pearl 2-stage around a solid body that’s both worldly and classic. At the front of the truck, Charcoal grille centers polished bars on a nosed hood, a polished bumper and modern, dual-mode headlights. Behind that hood, a smoothed cowl props electronic wipers on a flush, one-piece windshield, which parallels a flush, smoked backlight.
Speaking of smoked windows, one-piece side glass bridges the gap between shaved drip rails and smoothed doors. Under that greenhouse, tucked mirrors reflect traditional handles and custom, billet-trimmed running boards that are tailored around widened fenders and rowdy, side-exit exhaust.
Behind those boards, stainless-trimmed Bird’s Eye Maple seats a relocated fuel filler amid filled stake pockets, a proud bowtie, and a hidden tailgate latch. And at the bottom of that bed, a custom roll pan centers a small camera between custom, flush-mount taillights. This World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod is gorgeous.
MODERN GM POWER
Lift the rolled hood and you’ll find six liters of potent GM LS Generation IV small block that twists 423 dyno-proven, rear-wheel horsepower into 364 lb./ft of stump-pulling torque! At the top of that aluminum mill, K&N filter cones cap custom, body-matched air tubes that are piped into quality FiTech fuel injection.
That set-up jams fuel and oxygen into a FiTech Ultimate LS intake, which shades aluminum GM heads that have been fitted with fresh rockers, stronger pushrods, and better springs. Those heads, dressed in color-keyed valve covers, ride between hot MSD wires, short stainless headers, and a COMP LSR Series hydraulic roller cam. Upfront, a sweet CVF Racing accessory drive spins a polished alternator opposite a polished AC compressor.
Further upfront on the World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod, an electric pusher fan joins a satin Be Cool radiator to take care of cooling. And to the left, a polished brake booster backs a Wilwood master center and a Wilwood proportioning valve.
As you would expect, the bottom of this slick World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod is just as nice as its top! Upgrades kick off with a fully boxed frame that’s been reinforced with modern, tubular cross members. That frame rides a Heidts Superide independent front-clip, which leads a Heidts 4-bar rear-clip. At the center of those bones, a tough Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed twists a proven Camaro 10-bolt, which hides a posi-traction differential and big, 3.73 gears behind a cool Chevrolet Performance inspection cover.
Turns come courtesy of Classic Performance Products power rack-and-pinion steering. Stopping is a cinch thanks to power-assisted Wilwood calipers, which clamp a quartet of drilled and slotted rotors. Large-diameter pipes swirl spent gases through polished Magnaflow mufflers and polished stainless tips. Torque meets the pavement thanks to gorgeous BC Forged wheels which, at roughly $950 each, spin 255/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros in front of 335/25ZR22 Pirelli P Zeros. And acute detailing includes a 19-gallon fuel tank, a Powermax PLUS mini starter and modern coil-over-shocks.
A NICE PLACE TO BE
Between this World Class 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Restomod’s doors, custom Tobacco leather is so trick it would captivate a fashion designer! A firm TMI bench looks and feels fantastic behind 3-point safety belts and matching TMI door panels. In front of that seat, a simple dash hangs stylish Dakota Digital VHX telemetry next to modern Kenwood audio and Dakota Digital controlled Vintage Air conditioning. That Bluetooth-capable CD player is, along with fluid power windows, charged through quality American Autowire wiring. And the driver spins a polished and half-wrapped steering wheel around stylish Lokar pedals and a tilting Ididit column.
A 3100 is a half-ton while a 3600 is a 3/4 ton with 8 lug wheels. The wheelbase is a big difference but some half tons also have the long wheelbase.
The 1948-1953 Chevrolet Series 3100 half-ton pickups benefited from a redesign that took Chevy trucks into a new era of comfort, convenience, and style. Chevy’s restyled “Advance-Design” trucks were introduced in 1947, well ahead of its first new postwar cars, and little changed in appearance through 1953.