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.