Personalizing Your Medium Size Truck

August 26, 2014

Customizing Your Truck 101

America’s love affair with the pickup truck and truck modification began in 1918, when the team of William Durant (founder of GM) and Louis Chevrolet introduced two Chevrolet pickup trucks. The first,the half-ton 490 Light Delivery, was a modification of the Model 490 passenger car. The second was the Model T One Ton, a heavy duty version of the Model FA passenger car. In 1925, both Ford Motor Company and the Dodge Brothers Company introduced the first of their truck lines.  The Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body was a half-ton version of the Model T passenger car. The Dodge pickup was a three-quarter ton with chains that held the tailgate in a parallel position.

These early trucks were just a chassis cowl,which included the chassis, engine, transmission and front sheet metal, which housed the hood, front fenders, grille, and headlights. An instrument panel,steering wheel, foot pedals and shift lever were transplants from the passenger car. The cab and body, usually made of wood, were provided by the buyer, who either built his own or purchased them from a body manufacturing company.

Options for Truck Customization

Truck customization has come a long way since the “Do you want black or green?” choices of the 1920’s. Today’s truck owners have unlimited options when it comes to creating the one-of-a-kind truck of their dreams.  Wondering where to start? 

  • Change her profile. Raise her up with a lift kit and over sized tires or give her a sleek look with low profile tires and rims with spinners. Add dynamics with a hydraulics kit.
  • Give her some flair with custom details like flames or stripes or go all the way and add a whole new color scheme with mystic colors or metallics. Choose a chrome package to add bling or go with classic painted details.
  • Create a new interior with custom seat covers, floor mats, and steering wheel and shift covers. Re-tool the roof liner or add wood to the side panels. Invest in an upgraded sound system and install a custom CD holder. Add navigation capability.
  • Put some power under the hood with a custom engine. A small engine, like the versatile Chevy 350 small block, can be extensively customized with aftermarket parts.Given the proper upgrades, she’ll crank out up to 475 horsepower.

 Personalized Truck Restoration

Whether you’re bringing an old timer like the 1925 Ford Model T Runabout back from the brink, restoring a classic like the 1955 Chevy Stepside to its former glory, or upgrading a modern workhorse like 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, truck restoration can be time consuming and expensive.  While attention to detail is critical, there are ways to personalize your choices. Will your truck be used off-road? Invest in a custom suspension. From a budget-friendly 2-inch lift and coil set to a heavy duty full-link, the proper suspension will optimize off-road capability.  If you enjoy outdoor activities like camping, fishing, or hunting, customize your upgrade with a bed extender, fishing pole holders, or a gun rack and hunting stand. Whatever you do, keep it personal!

When you’ve found that perfect truck, give TxClassic Cars a call. From modifications, like lift kits, brake conversions, custom accessories, fuel injection retros and exhaust upgrades, to total restoration,our experts have been servicing custom vehicles since 1987. Contact us today to discuss your truck restoration/customization project.

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