The Bow Tie
While it might not be as wild as the F100, the '57 Chevrolet Cameo was no less ambitious. Once again, Dale VanGemert was the man on call to handle the transformation. Beginning by boxing, notching, and painting the frame, Dale fabricated a two-link and panhard bar that use Firestone 2,500-pound 'bags. The front uses Fat Man Fabrication 2-inch drop spindles and hydraulic cylinders that push on the torsion keys to alter ride height. Fully dropped, the truck can just tuck the lip of its 19-inch Makaveli Lugiano wheels and Pirelli rubber.
Starting off with an already rare Cameo, Mike Taylor took on the responsibility of setting even further from the crowd. A custom front bumper was filled with mesh grilles and Bow Tie marker lights, as was the customized one-piece factory rear bumper, before both were prepped for paint while the rest of the trim was left chrome. Mike smoothed all of the panels before spraying them PPG Dark Shadow Gray with the bed accent painted two shades lighter.
The Formans went more conventional with this interior, choosing the factory dash, this time with Auto Meter Gauges. Hoglunds Upholstery started with a set of 2000 Chevy Impala buckets and cut them into shape before wrapping them in gray and white Ultra leather, with black accents in the custom door panels. As the truck is driven regularly, comfort was a priority, so a Vintage Air system was installed with the oval control panel mounted front and center in the custom-wrapped console. Any truck that's driven regularly needs tunes, and an Alpine head unit and MB Quart components mounted in the doors and behind the seats make sure there are plenty of high-quality audio to enjoy.
Here's the part we saved for last. The Formans could have dropped any old small-block under the hood and had a perfectly acceptable cruiser, but they went big; downright huge for a small-block. Using a Brodix block and heads, Crower rods, a Lunati crank and a Huggins cam, Shark Racing Engines built a 434-cubic-inch Rat in Mouse's clothing. An engine that size, with those heads, could make plenty of power on its own, but throw two Turbonetics turbos into the mix and we're talking 830 rwhp and 723 lb-ft of torque. The engine's idle gives you an idea of what it's capable of, but it's still relatively mild when you consider the overall output. Once the turbos start building to their 15-psi limit it's a completely different story and the sound of power brings gearheads in from far and wide.
Hydraulically dropping the tailgate and lifting the bed floor reveals the custom rear susp
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