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1948 Chev Pick-up - Reader's Car Of The Week

By Michael Perry | Photos: Ben Hosking, 21 Mar 2018 Features

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Michael Perry's '48 Chevy pick-up

“I’VE always liked rat rods/hot rods, but I never thought I would own one, let alone build one," says Michael Perry.

This article on Michael's Chevy pick-up was originally published in the January 2018 issue of Street Machine

"It all started when I drove a family friend’s (Ron Zelukovic) 1934 Ford three-window coupe and thought: ‘Man, I need to build something.’ A few weeks later, I found a ’48 Chevy cab and HQ one-tonner chassis and started from there. I had never done anything to this extent before but I dived in the deep end and went with it.

Chevrolet pickup rearI remember hearing a saying by Peter Brock: ‘Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell.’ So I got the cab mounted onto the chassis and ended up changing the front sheet metal to a smaller American pick-up size front end.

Chevrolet pickup engine bayThe motor is an injected 5.0L rebuilt with Crow cam, lifters, valve springs and a Mace memcal, all installed with the help of my mate Jeremy Shaw. The Chevy is sitting on a set of 20-inch Detroit steel wheels out of the States; I like the smoothie look, but wanted something to fill the guards up. My wife Kim and I painted the truck over a few weeks with rust-effect paint to create the rat rod weathered look.

Chevrolet pickup running boardsI fabricated the tub and running boards, and with the help of Ronnie we fabricated the tailgate. The truck is running a set of VE Commodore calipers and rotors up front with an HZ disc set-up at the rear with a 3.55 centre.

chevy pickup interiorAn HT bench seat fits nicely inside, re-trimmed by a mate of mine, Geoff Baker at Ol Skool Auto Trimming. The door artwork inside and out was painted by Mim.”