Let the accolades of this 1957 Chevrolet short bed pickup truck owned by Alan Beers of Owasso, Oklahoma, do all the speaking. First off, this classic truck masterpiece is a 2013 Great 8 Ridler Award Finalist. It is also the Goodguys 2013 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year-Late winner. This stunning success for Jason and Jim Smith of the Hot Rod Garage has been five years in the making – five years well worth the wait for its debut in March at the Detroit Autorama where it became an instant hit as a Ridler Contender.

Don Ridler, the man behind the Ridler Award, was the first professional promoter and publicist of the Detroit Autorama Show in 1957. His creativity and professionalism resulted in huge growth for the show. Upon his early death at the age of 54 in 1963, it was decided that an award, geared to honor new creations, would be established in his name in 1964. Today, the award emphasizes creativity, engineering, and workmanship. Vehicles making their first public showing at the Detroit Autorama and which are minimally operable may qualify for this most prestigious hot rod award. The fiercely competitive field, narrowed down to eight finalists during Autorama, make up the Pirelli Tire Great 8 Finalists. A Ridler Contender is essentially an immaculate, amazing, beautiful, one-off masterpiece of a vehicle. It is essentially different from its “custom” counterparts in that it is truly custom. In a sea of custom vehicles, you’d arguably be able to pick out a Ridler Great 8 Finalist.

Just over half a year later, the winning streak continued when the ’57 was recognized by the Goodguys award selection committee in Columbus for the 2013 Truck of the Year-Late Award. Don’t be fooled by the silver paint – this ’57 has an affinity for gold.

Quik Silver: 1957 Chevrolet Truck
Built By Hot Rod Garage (Sand Springs, Oklahoma)
2013 Great 8 Ridler Award Finalist and Goodguys 2013 Truck of the Year - Late

Year Make Model: 1957 Chevrolet Short Bed Pickup Truck
Owner and City/State: Alan Beers, Owasso, OK

Engine/Performance
Type: 540 cu. in. big block Chevrolet (Chaz Rose, Tulsa, OK)
Horsepower: 650
Induction: Stacked Crower Intake Converted to EFI with Fast XFI
Exhaust: 3” Exhaust (HRG); Custom Coating (Caps Brite Hot Coatings, Fresno, CA); Special Built Mufflers (Stainless Works)
Transmission: Gearstar 4L60E with Compu Shift Controller
Misc: One-off Headers (Halloway Race Cars, Broken Arrow, OK); Special Valve Covers with CNC’d Logos; Motor Mounts (HRG); Custom Hood Hinges; Vintage Air Front Runner System

Chassis Modifications
Front Suspension: Fatman Mustang II with Bilstein Coilovers
Rear Suspension: 4 Link with Bilstein Coilovers; Custom 4 Link Bars and Panhard Bar (Greening Auto)
Rear Axle: Narrowed Ford 9” with 3.70 Gears
Brakes: Baer Six Piston with 15” CNC Logo’d Rotors

Body Modifications
Customized or Hand Made Body Panels: All of them (HRG, Sand Springs, OK); Custom Made Inner Fender Panels; Hood Pancaked and Re-shaped; Cowl Filled and Moved Forward 3”
Firewall: Smoothed and Reshaped
Glass: Newly fabricated Windshield and Back Glass Openings; Custom One-Off Windshield and Back Glass (HRG)
Front: Narrowed, Reshaped and Fitted Front Bumper; Grill (HRG); CND’d Grill Bar (Greening Auto)
Rear: Hand Built Bed, Tailgate and Roll Pan (HRG)
Chop: 3” Chop Top
Lights: One-off Tail Light Concept (Jimmys Hot Rod Design, machined by Greening Auto)
Misc: Full Belly Pans (HRG)

Interior
Dash: Re-shaped
Gauges: One-off Gauge Panel (Designed by Jimmys Hot Rod Design, Machined by Greening Auto); Custom Gauges (Classic Instruments)
Misc: Chuck Rowland at CAR Upholstery (Broken Arrow, OK); Steering Wheel (Designed and Machined by Greening Auto); Custom Gas and Brake Pedals (Machined by Greening Auto)

Paint
Brand: Planet Color/ Sherwin Williams
Colors: Tungsten/Quicksilver
CNC Machining: Greening Auto Company, Nashville, TN
Pinstriping: Lil’ Toot Auto Art Works, Tulsa, OK
Plating/Polishing: Jon Wright Custom Chrome Plating, Grafton, OH

Wheels/Tires
Wheels: One-off 20” x 8” and 22” x 12” (Greening Auto Company)
Tires: BF Goodrich 245/35/20 and 305/40/22