Mike Klepp's

1948 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Cab

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01 April 2005

From Mike: 

      I am submitting shots of my 1948 Chevy 3100 Deluxe cab pickup. It is totally stock-looking, but has had some mechanical updates in the name of safety and drivability.

      I bought the truck in 1995 after a friend of mine decided it needed too much work. It was bone stock then with the original 216 and granny 4-speed. It needed everything.

      Over the next seven years it was totally redone. A '54 model 235 bored .060 over now propels an open drive '59 model 3.90 rear axle through a mid sixties 3-speed OD transmission. The suspension and steering were totally rebuilt and the stopping power upgraded to bigger Bendix brakes. I also installed a front sway bar from an early AD suburban. A Pertronix electronic ignition is installed in the stock distributor.

      The bed is mostly new reproduction metal pieces, but the cab and all four fenders are the originals. I did the bed wood from hard yellow pine myself.

      It has about 2500 miles since completion. The truck came from the Amarillo TX area, so rust was not a problem.

      It drives even sweeter than it looks. I drive the truck for fun and to all shows. If you see this one on a trailer, it's being stolen!

      I also own a 1965 Chevy C-10 Shortbed Stepside that is my everyday driver.

Mike Klepp

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