100 Years of Great Chevy Trucks
You can’t blame Chevy for wanting to get this party started. It is not every day you celebrate a century of continuous truck production! Let’s look at some of the milestones of Chevrolet truck design and innovation. Do you have a favorite Chevy truck? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to give the Big C an early birthday shout-out.
1918 Chevy One-Ton Truck
Chevy’s first truck, the 1918 One-Ton, is a no-frills, flatbed with no cab, roof, doors or padding on the wooden driver’s seat. It is a car frame, chopped and lengthened, to create the cargo bed. The One-Ton has a 3.6L V4 engine producing a roaring 36 hp. The Flint, MI plant builds 384 of these workhorse pick-ups.
Chevy Customers Cry Out for Comfort
The American love affair with the pickup begins in the 1930’s when it becomes more than just a work truck – it’s the family vehicle. As a result, customers want comfort. The 1929 International Series AC Light Delivery truck is Chevy’s first truck to get a closed cab. Other amenities added are windows, doors, fenders and running board. Prices start at $400.
1947 3100 Series Pick-Up – A Vintage Favorite
During WWII, all Chevy factories are converted to help the war effort. Military trucks, airplane engines and armored vehicles get produced. After the war, Chevy hits its creative stride with Harley Earl at the helm. Ask any classic car collector to describe their favorite vintage truck and the 1947 Chevy 3100 Series gets mentioned. The Advanced Design model features a rounded profile and a broader, extended cab, reflecting a modern styling. The iconic five-bar horizontal grille becomes a signature bowtie design element.
1955 Cameo Carrier Becomes a Design Standard
The 1955 Chevy 3124 Cameo Carrier is the first Fleetside truck. The sides are flush with the cab and bumpers, giving it a smooth-sided look. This design becomes an industry standard for many years to come. Nicknamed the Executive’s Truck, a variety of luxury options and available, like automatic transmission, chrome bumpers, car-style seats, wrap-around front glass and two-tone paint.
Chevy’s Small Block V8 Engine Makes an Impression
Chevy introduces the first small block overhead-valve V8 engine in 1955. It is a 265-cubic inch 4.3L power plant that revolutionizes the industry. It is one of the most enduring and influential engine types around. So well engineered, a version of it has been in production since 1955. The 2018 Chevy trucks are running the fifth generation of this V8 engine.
1967 Chevy C/K 10 Series
Chevy gives the Action Line of work trucks an upgrade with the 1967 C/K 10 Series. By adding more comfort and convenience to these workhorse trucks, the line soon becomes one of Chevy’s biggest sellers. Buyers could choose from a wide selection of engines including an inline V6, a small block V8 or the big block V8. The clean bodyline, integrated hood and fenders and simple grille, makes this classic truck a favorite with collectors.
The Chevy Centennial Celebration Rolls On
The bowtie truck folks began their birthday celebration at the State Fair of Texas and will wrap it up with a 100th Anniversary blow-out at the Texas Motor Speedway on December 16, 2017. The festivities coincide with the rollout of two special edition pick-ups; the 2018 Centennial Edition Silverado 1500 and the 2018 Colorado Centennial Edition. Chevy truck owners with over 100,000 miles or those people who have rented or leased a Chevy truck are encouraged to join the Chevy Truck Legends program for special offers.
Happy 100th Birthday, Chevy Trucks!
While a classic collector may fill their garage with vintage Chevy trucks, there is a good chance a newer version is sitting in the driveway. Congratulations to all the Chevrolet employees, past and present, who create these great trucks and to the owners who love them. Here’s to another 100 years!
Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10
Once a Chevy truck fan, always a Chevy truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks and we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic! We also know accidents will happen so leave nothing to chance. Even before you finish your classic beauty, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
A Teenage Car Crush Comes to Life
This is a ride that takes you back in time. A custom 1970 Chevy Camaro RS -also known as Super Hugger -is a teenage boy’s dream come true. We speak with the lucky builder, Tod from Showtime Restoration in Clinton Township, MI, about what it takes to get it looking car-show-fine. Share your teenage car crush in our comments and let us know if you finally get one for your collection.
Raising the Bar
Tod and his crew finish this beautiful gray custom just ahead of the deadline to show at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Two employees spend much of the year on this build. “To achieve the level of quality expected at this event takes a lot of dedication and commitment,” reflects the builder. From the looks of this Camaro, they raise the bar for the competition.
It’s Like a Brand-New Camaro
Starting with a shell brought in from Arizona, the team does not know what to expect until after the sandblasting is complete. “That is when you really find out what you are up against,” Tod says. Rust is always a factor, even with cars from places like California and Arizona. A big block Chevy 497 cubic inch engine and a suspension upgrade go in. “It drives like a brand-new Camaro.”
What’s Not to Love?
This Camaro RS receives its fair share of attention at the event, especially from the judges. Nineteen-seventy is the year Chevy takes their time re-making the Camaro into a longer, lower and wider version of the original. What’s not to love? There will always be a special place in our hearts for this car. Seeing what the team at Showtime Restoration accomplishes makes us wonder, what if?
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
When you finally get the car you have always been dreaming of, trust it to a company that understands what it takes to restore collector cars. Classic Auto Insurance can protect your build during and after its transformation. We offer affordable coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and put together a policy that meets your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Cutting Through the Competition
It is hard to imagine anyone improving on the beauty of the Chevy Corvette, but they have. A custom 1966 Chevy Corvette cuts through the competition for the Ridler Award at the 2017 Detroit Autorama, making it into the Great 8. The talented builder takes time to outline the changes to this awe-inspiring car. Think you could re-design a Vette? Share your ideas in the comments.
When One Radical Idea Leads to Another
The builder on this incredible Corvette is Scott Roth from The Auto Shoppe in South Burlington, VT. He and his team take the rough shell of a 1966 Vette and transform it into the winning car you see on the showroom floor. Collaborating with the owner, Dennis, leads to some radical ideas. “We knew we wanted to do a new style interior and things just went from there,” Scott says. Boy, do they ever!
The First Cut is the Deepest
When Scott suggests widening the car, Dennis is not so sure. “It was pretty hard to convince him to cut the car down the middle but once he agreed, we never looked back,” Scott laughs. (You have to wonder what Dennis feels like when they start cutting!). All in all, the Vette is widened over six inches.
Have You Had Some Work Done?
So, do Scott’s modifications show on the Corvette? You know there’s something different about the car, you cannot put your finger on it. “Everything we did takes the eye away from the fact the car is wider than normal,” he says. For instance, there is no firewall or floor. Instead, they are formed from 16-gauge steel. The back window is subtly pulled back two inches and there are no flares on either side to give it away. The level of fabrication is phenomenal.
Attention to Detail Pays Off
The Auto Shoppe team even modifies the new LS9 crate engine. The super-charging system, which is known to have a few bugs, is re-designed. The custom radiators get mounted into the fenders and the bumpers are customized aluminum. The attention to detail is one reason this car caught the eyes of the Great 8 judges.
Reaching New Heights at the Detroit Autorama
From concept to completion, this 17-month build has been a grueling test of will. “It was nine guys giving it their all to make it happen,” Scott says. “I am incredibly proud of the work we have done.” That is what the Detroit Autorama represents. Car enthusiasts who push themselves to new heights of creativity and skill. Congratulations on a great job and one killer looking Corvette!
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Customizing your dream Corvette takes lots of planning and hard work. Protect your build during and after its transformation with Classic Auto Insurance. We offer affordable coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and put together a policy that meets your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream Vette.
Custom 1953 Chevy Truck Pays Tribute to Michigan Hot Rodder
To honor Bill Waddill, the man known as The Original Hot Rodder, organizers of the 2017 Detroit Autorama place this fabulous custom white 1953 Chevy C3100 truck front and center at the Cobo Center. Kathy Waddill Ridley, Bill’s daughter and the current owner, takes time to tell us about the man and the early days of Michigan Hot Rodding. What other hot-rodding pioneers would you like to see honored? Let us know in the comments.
Turning a Work Truck into a Hot Rod
Bill purchases the pickup in 1953 to tow his race cars. Always the hot rodder, he immediately chops the roof, flattens the hood and repaints his handiwork a “ghastly shade of blue,” Kathy says. That’s when the Blue Goose nickname is born.
Restoration Dreams Fulfilled
Bill eventually sells his beloved truck and never loses track of it. Thirty years later, the pickup finally returns to the family. Once Kathy commits to restoring her father’s truck, nothing can hold her back. It becomes a labor of love. To help her fulfill her restoration dreams, she turns to the team at American Gasser in Saginaw, MI.
Blue Goose 2.0
Kathy’s vision for the restoration does not include repainting the truck in her dad’s famous blue paint. Instead, she returns the Blue Goose to its original white exterior and chooses a royal blue Italian leather for the interior. Under the hood, she has a 430hp LS3 V8 Corvette engine installed. “I will never be late again,” she laughs. The wooden truck bed is stained blue to match the interior. “It looks like glass.”
A Piece of Detroit Autorama History
Keeping Our Hot Rod Heritage Alive
Having the opportunity to see hot rod history up-close is why the Detroit event is so fantastic. Men like Bill Waddill created the sport many of us have come to love. Their ingenuity and mechanical skills still inspire us. When you leave the next Detroit Autorama bursting with ideas to trick out your classic, make sure to thank the hot rod pioneers who come before. All hail hot-rodding!
Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10
Once a truck fan, always a truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks and we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic! Even before you finish your classic beauty, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.