Matte White Chevy

Street Trucks - - HOMETOWN HEROES -

AS A YOUNG KID BORN AND RAISED IN IOWA, BEN HAGEN MOVED AROUND LOT BE­FORE EVEN­TU­ALLY LAND­ING IN MA­SON CITY. It was around the age of 13 when he fell in love with ev­ery­thing au­to­mo­tive. By 18, he was hired as a de­tailer at a body shop and soon be­came the head painter be­fore leav­ing to start his own shop. Fast for­ward to 2018, he has per­son­ally painted more than 650 mo­tor­cy­cles with a base in car/truck work.

Ben orig­i­nally bought this ’52 Chevro­let 3100 from a friend’s dad for only $800 af­ter it had spent 10 years with its pre­vi­ous owner. “I bought a cab, doors, hood and fenders and a good ti­tle. From there I found a used 1949 short-box and an old, abused ’93 S-10. I used the S-10’s frame with hand-made body mounts. I also made the ra­di­a­tor sup­port, cut down the in­ner fenders, made the firewall, bead rolled it, and then I as­sem­bled the whole thing from the ground up.”

This old Chevy has Dakota Digital gauges, Vin­tage AC, power steer­ing, power brakes and rides on Stern Beast 20-inch wheels with 245/40/20 Hankook tires. The en­gine is a 4.8 LS with a 4L60e trans­mis­sion. “I also hand­made a nice ex­haust exit.” Speed Engineering head­ers and 40 se­ries Flow­mas­ter muf­flers with 2.5-foot tubes were used for the ex­haust. “I used GM Linen White matte clearcoated with gloss black ac­cents. I did ev­ery­thing my­self. Hope you like my pic­tures!”—we love them, Ben. Thanks for shar­ing. ST

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