Continuing with our successful 1947-53 Chevrolet Truck Program here are our next builds. Each of them sourced out of Helena Montana. First listed is 'Helena-One' Currently sitting on an S10 frame with plans to run a complete 5.3 GM drivetrain.
Here are a few trucks we are working on right now. Some will be built on S10 chassis, some on modified factory frames, and even complete custom tube frames. All will have the natural patina look. We also offer custom cars and trucks for clients that desire something specific, along with building spec 1947-54 Chevrolet trucks for resale. We also offer financing for these builds. Give us a call if you are interested. 208-869-3329
'Helena-two' Right out of the field and ready to be built into someones dream truck.
'Helena-Three' Missing some major parts, this one may turn into a parts truck, or?
'Helena-Four' Named for both the manufacture date ('54) and for it's number in order of trucks purchased in Helena.
Our shipment from Montana has arrived. Now begins the design stage, one of these trucks will become our TORN project http://www.throttleworks.com/projects/65 , the other two we have in the works will be on s10 frames with LS drivetrains.
The Great S10 Debate. There are all too many opinions out there on the pros and cons of using a GM S10 frame as the backbone of a classic Chevrolet truck build. Many of these opinions come from private individuals and companies that just so happen to have a truck for sale with either a modified stock frame or s10. Of course in their unbiased opinion the frame that is in the current truck they are selling is the only way to go, rendering every other option complete crap. While you could admire there black and white view of the custom truck market we feel there are many things to consider and even more ways to do it properly. We have successfully built trucks both on stock frames and s10's , when done correctly both offer fantastic drivability, performance and comfort. Which is right for you, well to be honest only you can decide that, we can however give you a bit of insight into both to help you make an educated choice. As I said when well planned and executed both options can result in a successful end product that will last a lifetime. When building a truck on spec (with the intention of selling it when complete) the deciding factor is answered with a couple questions; is the stock frame solid and undamaged, and what is the price range we are shooting for with this build? The s10 offers great value which can then be passed on to the end purchaser in a lower sale price. The factory frame with custom suspension (Vette, Jag, Mustang II, Nova/Camaro clip, etc) offers great looks and ride quality with the added 'Hot Rod' flair. It also has the benefit of factory mounting for the body parts. Probably the easiest way to compare is a simple pro/con list, my intention is not to sway you either way but rather inform you in hopes to help you understand that both builds are a great choice. Honestly we find that available funds drive most of the purchases one way or the other. Anyway, here is the list. S10 PROS 1. Off the shelf (any parts store) parts availability 2. Alignment specs are factory S10 3. Aftermarket support for upgrades 4. Airbag kits and dropped spindle kits are easy to install 5. Easy to get extremely low (boards on the ground) 6. No major fabrication to the suspension is required 7. Track width is narrow allowing deep wheels 8. Completely boxed CONS 1. Fabrication to mount cab, box and front sheet metal is required 2. Clearance between motor and front suspension is tight 3. Getting harder to find used trucks 4. Front crossmember placement requires factory radiator support to be heavily modified which in turn requires a custom radiator install. 5. If a very low stance is desired the height of the front crossmember pushes the motor and trans in to the floor requiring a custom tunnel Factory Frame PROS 1. Factory body mounting points are intact 2. Light weight 3. Classic looks 4. Many suspension options 5. Options like Corvette, Jaguar make for great ride quality and handling CONS 1. Fabrication and install of suspension parts is time consuming 2. Some suspension components can be quite wide requiring low offset wheels 3. Frames need to be boxed at minimum in areas around suspension 4. At least 61 years old, may require repairs on rails 5. Mixed parts are may be more difficult to find replacement parts Hopefully this helps, please let us know if you have questions.