Busted Knuck­les

Is What I Need


Man­ag­ing a ma­jor top-to-bot­tom re­build is no easy task. How­ever, the crew led by Chuck and Lane John­son at Oc­tane and Iron in Mag­no­lia, Texas, seem to be do­ing just fine with their cur­rent en­deav­ors. This project is bare metal and re­ceiv­ing a plethora of big-time changes. The cus­tom touches to ev­ery area of this ’57 Chevro­let 3100 pickup owned by Dr. Je­sus Bel­tran will be ex­tremely no­tice­able in many places, while oth­ers will re­quire some closer in­spec­tion. Nev­er­the­less, when it is fin­ished, this truck will have been mod­i­fied metic­u­lously to make it bet­ter and cleaner than it came from the fac­tory.

The Chevy sits low with a mod­i­fied stance con­sist­ing of Ride-Tech Shock­Waves at all four cor­ners, Wil­wood ProSpin­dles in the front, and a par­al­lel four-bar in the rear. Do­ing what they do best, the crew is re­work­ing ev­ery as­pect of the old pickup body that is nec­es­sary—plus some that just make it cooler. In ad­di­tion to tight­en­ing the stock gaps around the truck, they have cus­tom­ized the fire­wall, fab­ri­cated new in­ner fend­ers, and smoothed out a few other pieces to stream­line the look. They have also rid the dash of any­thing ex­cept the gauge panel and will be adding Vin­tage Air to keep things cool in­side. When this rig is fin­ished, the 18- and 20-inch Schott wheels will get turn­ing with the help of a GM Per­for­mance LS3 bolted to a 4L80E trans­mis­sion, which sends power to the Strange En­gi­neer­ing Ford 9-inch rearend.

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