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1954 Chevy 3100 - Built for Speed

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At first glance, Rick Scott's '54 Chevy truck looks a bit rough. The cab was transplanted from an earlier split-windshield pickup. Its sheetmetal is sprayed in a mottled coat of flat black paint, the grille is dented, and both the front bumper and tailgate are missing completely. But when you take a closer look at this truck, you'll start spotting some subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints that it was built with a singular purpose: speed. Rick turned his truck into an all-out drag-racing machine.

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Rick tells us that he has owned this truck since 1986, and has been upgrading its performance ever since. First, it was stripped down to the frame, and a 1970 Camaro front clip and 12-point roll cage were welded in. Part of this cage protrudes through the bed floor and into the back of the cab — one of the first visible signs of this truck's true reason for being.

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The bed floor, which has been refinished in diamondplate, also houses a fuel tank that's clearly visible from the rear thanks to the lack of a tailgate. The original rear bumper has been replaced by a simple piece of wood, painted flat black to match the rest of the truck.

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Mismatched aftermarket wheels shod in sticky tires are tucked close to the fenders by a lowered suspension, and a side-exit exhaust protrudes from underneath the running boards. All these aggressive modifications left us wondering what lies beneath the surface, so we popped the hood to find out.

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Rick's 1954 Chevy 3100 is powered by a fully-built 383ci stroker motor fitted with all the requisite performance goodies. It's bolted to a TH-400 automatic transmission and Ford 9-inch rear end with 3.70 gears and Positraction. It rides on coil springs, and has been converted to four-wheel disc brakes.

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The interior is relatively spartan, with a full set of Auto Meter gauges to help Rick keep an eye on his truck's vitals between 1/4-mile runs. Although it's not daily-driven, he says it's more than reliable enough to be.  However, the rowdy V8 rumble and firm ride are more at home on the track.

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Rick's '54 Chevy truck may not appeal to concours purists, but it always puts a smile on his face when he puts his foot to the floor. We love the aggressive look and no-holds-barred attitude of this home-built drag truck.

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