Tom Sin­clair’s ’57 Chevy 3100

Street Rodder - - Early Iron -

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.

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