Tom Sinclair’s ’57 Chevy 3100
Tom Sinclair of St. Joseph, Missouri, wanted a Chevy pickup to work on when he retired. He was at the 2015 Tri-Five Nationals with his son, Tony, when he saw this ’57 Chevy 3100 pickup painted to look like a Sinclair gas station truck. “Our last name is Sinclair, so we were immediately drawn to it,” he says.
Tom caught up with the owner, Eric “Pete” Peterson, as the truck was leaving the event. Tom asked to buy the Chevy, they struck a deal, and Tom drove it home to St. Joseph in a straight-through blast from Bowling Green.
After a frame-off rebuild, the Sinclair pickup runs a carbureted Chevy 350 crate engine, dressed up with a pinstriped Cadillacstyle air cleaner. A 700-R4 trans moves torque to the ’73 Z28 rearend. The frontend features Total Cost Involved IFS components. Tom alternates the wheels between 15-inch steelies and 18-inch Boss five-spokes.
Ciadella Interiors provided black vinyl and cloth ’55-’57 Cameo seat covers and door panels. The work truck finish was kept authentically rough. Tom planned to change the lettering on the doors from the previous owner’s nickname until he noticed that people were calling the truck “Pete,” so the old name stays.