Matte White Chevy
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