'46 Chevy Truck - The Search for Perfection

1946 Chevy pickup restored

With art-deco-era bodywork and a modern lowered stance, this classic Chevy is the perfect fusion of old and new.

Like most good things in life, finding a clean base for a restoration project is often a long and arduous task. You can't just expect someone to show up at your doorstep and hand you the keys to your dream car, you've got to get out there and search for it (or pay someone else big bucks to do the leg work for you).

Mike Guido, of Costa Mesa, California, knew exactly what he was looking for, and had the patience to endure years of fruitless searching. In fact, he looked for the right classic pickup to restore for over two decades. That level of dedication demands respect.

Thankfully for Mike, the search paid off, and he came upon the 1946 Chevy truck seen here.

1946 Chevy pickup restored

The truck's classic teardrop-shaped rear fenders and vibrant red paint pair nicely with its chrome accents.

Over the course of the last five years, Mike has restored his vintage pickup to show-worthy condition, and also added a few modern touches. The truck's body is period-correct, but pop the hood and you'll see a burly 427ci big-block and 700R4 automatic transmission. The updated combination produces far more power than the truck's builders could have ever imagined. It also rides on a lowered suspension with chrome five-spoke wheels and four-wheel disc brakes.

We're glad Mike came by our showroom and let us photograph his truck. If you've got a classic Chevy pickup you're looking to restore or modify, pick up one of our free parts catalogs. The pages contain just about every nut and bolt to take your project from clunker to show-stopper.

1946 Chevy pickup restored

Opening one half of the two-piece center-hinged hood reveals a newer 427ci big-block V8, complete with matching red valve covers.