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1955 Chevrolet 3100 Has New Lease on Life

One of a kind Custom Chevy 3100

Updated May 25, 2017

Vintage truck enthusiasts go crazy over Mike Bigelow’s green 1955 Chevy 3100, and it doesn’t take long to see why. Not long after he decided he wanted a project car, Mike’s brother located the 2nd Series Chevrolet in a local advertisement. Although it hadn’t been driven in about two decades, the body was in good shape for its age, and it was all-original. Mike quickly made the purchase and went to work on restorations.

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In a sense, the restoration of this vintage Chevrolet was a family affair beyond Mike’s brother discovering it in the classifieds. Mike was motivated to get it up and running in just eight weeks after promising to drive his kids to school in it on the first day of the new year. He met that goal in the nick of time, although he wasn’t sure if it would make it back home in one piece. It did, but then Mike took the whole thing apart to rebuild it better than ever.

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Mike boxed the frame and installed a Heidts Superide II front suspension. He also stabilized the corners with Wilwood four-piston disc brakes before adding Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dog wheels covered in BFGoodrich 40-series tires.  Since there would be no fun stopping there, Bigelow forged forward with even more modifications to his project 1955 Chevrolet 3100.

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He replaced the stock engine with a Chevy Performance crate ZZ 383 stroker outfitted with a 770 Holley carburetor, which puts out 480 hp as regulated by the 700-R4 Gearstar automatic transmission. Great effort was also taken to ensure everything beneath the hood is presentable. The inner fender panels are as smooth as a baby’s bottom and hide the A/C hoses, the Painless wiring harness is tucked away out of sight, and everything is painted to match the exterior of the Chevrolet truck perfectly.

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Paul Metz Rod and Custom in Doral, Florida took care of smoothing out the occasional dent, repainting the Chevrolet in an eye-catching green, and bringing the chrome elements back to their former glory. The inside of the truck’s bed features African Morado wood planks. and Pascatore Interiors in Ocala, Florida decked out the 1955 Chevy 3100’s interior. Today, this vintage wonder is even better than when it first rolled off the lot.

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