The Dodge Li'l Red Express set a standard on how to make a great performance truck. All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed.
Classic vintage Chevrolet pickup trucks are receiving growing interest among car enthusiasts. The most collectible muscle cars are numbers-matching survivors; the most sought-after vintage trucks are full custom builds.
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So it turns out that trucks make pretty cool rods, as this 1955 Chevy 3100 so ably demonstrates. All the usual tricks work here, and what you get when youre done is a stylish, fun, and surprisingly practical hauler that will attract attention wherever it goes. First of all, the two-tone copper over white paint is an eyeball magnet, offering a traditional look with a few tweaks to give it a custom look. Its still got plenty of authenticity, dont worry about losing the trucks personality, but the shaved hood ornament and custom pinstriping on the already clean lines of the all-new 3100 really work well. The bodywork, which was already dramatic right out of the box, looks great wearing that soft white paint, which is a little creamy, not a hard, bright white, just as it might have been back in the day. A lot of the original trim is intact, and the grille, bumpers, and hooded headlights are in pretty good shape, highlighting whats arguably the first high-fashion pickup truck; you can see the ties to the passenger car line everywhere you look and thats purely intentional. The bed is still functional, too, with wood planks that are in just the right condition that you wont worry about throwing some tools back there and getting a job done somewhere. After all, isnt that why you own a pickup truck? The interior has been given a full makeover as well, and the working-class accommodations have been replaced by first-class white and copper vinyl. The late-model bench seat looks like a natural fit in the 3100s cab and has been covered with a period-looking pleated upholstery with copper piping, so it all works well together. A custom center console offers a pair of cup holders and holds the Lokar shifter for the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. Black carpets are the right choice in a truck and keep it from being too soft, and the matching door panels have been as nicely finished as the seat. The stock gauges are still monitoring the engine, along with a white-faced temperature gauge built into the center stack. There is no radio, but its ready for the entertainment system of your choice, and sometimes starting from scratch is easier than fixing someone elses mess. Finishing it off is a late-model tilt steering column with a rather weathered steering wheel that doesnt quite look right, so thats another place where you could add some value and style without spending much cash. Just as in 1955, theres a small block Chevy 350 V8 under the hood delivering the power. Its functional and pretty stock, save for the Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold, so theres smooth power available and it never gets fussy. Some smart upgrades make it reliable and comfortable, including an alternator, power steering, and a modern dual reservoir power brake master cylinder. A big radiator up front keeps things cool. An independent front suspension gives the 3100 improved ride and handling without hurting its ability to work as a truck and it channels power back to a 10-bolt rear end with highway-friendly gears inside. Long-tube headers and a dual exhaust system dumps out just ahead of the rear wheels and sounds fantastic. Color-matched truck Rally wheels are a nice touch and theyre wrapped in big 265/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials that really fill the fenders nicely. A very cool truck with a lot of performance and charisma for not a lot of cash. Call now!
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