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Regardless of your automotive taste, there is almost always a need for a shop truck to chase parts, use as a tow vehicle, or use for household chores that require a trip to the farmand- home store. Pickup trucks have always been popular, but that is true now more than ever. Plus, they hold their own as hot rods as well!
Many vintage trucks can still be found in their original condition. Unlike years ago, the automotive aftermarket has now realized the popularity of these trucks. Whether you plan to restore one as a mild custom or go all out, the necessary parts are available, which makes it easier to achieve your dream regardless of your skills or budget.
Veteran how-to book author Dennis W. Parks resurrects a 1955 Chevy pickup as the subject of Chevrolet Trucks: 1955- 1959 Build & Modify to be used as a daily driver. Starting with a classic-styled work truck, he updates it with creature comforts that are found in new vehicles—those that the average hot rodder can still maintain without having an electronics degree.
Everything is covered, including updating the front and rear suspension as well as installing disc brakes to provide a good foundation for your project. Body repair and modifications (including installing patch panels, power windows, rotary door latches, and a stylish third brake light) are next. Interior components (including the latest creature comforts) that provide safety and convenience are examined. Mechanical components (such as the engine, transmission, steering, cooling, and wiring) are included as well.
Most of the work featured is performed in a home garage, which proves that you can build a decent truck within the confines of a two-car garage without paying a fortune in labor.
• 1.5 million light-duty Chevrolet trucks were built between 1955 and 1959
• Chevrolet trucks from 1955 through 1959 offer a very buildable platform for modifications with many aftermarket parts manufacturers
• Step-by-step photography is featured. This book walks the reader through a complete build of a 1955 through 1959 Chevrolet truck
Author: Dennis W. Parks
Author Bio: Aside from a few Ford hot rods (a 1929 Ford Model A Tudor sedan and a 1927 Ford Track T roadster), all of Dennis W. Parks’s vehicles have been Chevy trucks. Beginning with a 1957 GMC, he has owned a lengthy list of a variety of models. While he has lost track of the miles driven, most of them have been behind the wheel of a GM truck. He has also been a freelance contributor to several special-interest automotive magazines and is the author of 14 additional automotive how-to books.
Binding Type: Paperback
Illustrations: 483 color photos and charts
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”