Truck of the Month
A ROLLER COASTER OF A RIDE LED ONE MAN TO HIS FINAL DESTINATION
Alex Corella's '51 Chevy 3100
Much like a roller coaster, life has a funny way of taking us through lifechanging twists and turns. Yet no matter how many highs and lows we endure, the key to surviving any ride is to simply hang on. Just ask Alex Corella.
In 2008 he purchased his first truck. It was a 3100 that he religiously chipped away at up until 2013 when his efforts paid off and he landed a feature here in Lowrider (http://www. lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1301-lrmp1951-chevrolet-3100-pickup/). At the time of his feature, Alex was riding high when life served him some issues, forcing him to sell it. Knowing that it was nothing more than a turning point in his life, he held on for the ride
knowing that one day he’d be back.
In 2015 he was ready to make a move. He purchased this '51 3100. It was listed on Craigslist and in dire need of a major restoration. “It was rusted, the bed was no good, and it needed just about everything, but I was able to see the potential,” Alex says. To begin, his wife, Elizabeth, lent a helping hand in the bodywork while Alex rebuilt the engine. The truck then bounced from shop to shop, and after many failed promises it wasn’t until Real Deal Garage stepped in that the truck got painted, patterned, and striped. Charlie Bent took care of the airbag install and wheels while Rafa’s Upholstery did the interior. To finish it off, Jose Hernandez added a Chicano Lifestyle mural.
“The truck is me! It has a lot of what I identify with,” Alex explains. But he also says the build isn’t finished. With hopes of chroming the entire undercarriage, future plans also include a painted and patterned belly and frame as well as a touch of engraving and gold plating.
Silver and black 3100 attack!