Overachiever -- one who performs or accomplishes beyond the usual or required level. This is the one word that consolidates everything an A student who is also an award-winning model, an athlete, a junior drag racer, an active truck club member, and, as of the moment, the owner of the marine-blue '67 Chevy Stepside spread across your Custom Classic Trucks magazine right now. As her junior drag racing nickname states, Peyton Saverance is one slick chick.
When she was a child, she watched her dad build a chopped-top '71 Chevy Blazer. Peyton was probably planning her future truck right then and there, literally. Her dad bought a '67 Chevy Stepside about three years before she was born and told her, "When you're old enough to drive, the pickup will be yours." Of course, when you're a girl working your tail off to be the best you can be, who waits around for the legal driving age? At 15 years old, Peyton is now the proud owner of the fruits of her labor.
Saverance Body Shop in Peyton's hometown of Coleman, Texas, was where most of the work was done on her pickup. And no, the last name isn't just a coincidence. Apparently, working hard to get what you want runs in the family, because this shop is owned and operated by her father.
As Peyton knows all too well, no matter what you are working toward, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up, and that's exactly what she did with the pickup. The crew at Saverance, including Peyton herself, as she would have no less, started on the pickup by painting the frame the same gorgeous blue adorned on the pickup's body. Wanting nothing but the best possible base, she and her dad put in an upgraded '85 Chevy IFS with an '85 Monte Carlo steering system, including the tilt steering column. The front clip also added ventilated disc brakes for improved stopping. Holding the four corners up is a complete set of Boyd Coddington billet wheels slipped inside Nitto Extreme P275/60R17s.
The PPG Ultra Marine and chrome displayed under the hood really sucks you in. Check out th
In order to drive around to all of Peyton's various activities in a timely manner, a GM transmission was installed with a B&M Shift Improver Kit, all controlled by an original GM shifter. With such a hectic schedule, Peyton needed some serious power to help her haul around. So she and her dad installed an '85 350ci Chevy V-8 that was bored to 0.030 inches over and rebuilt.
The detail given to the engine represents the detail and high standards Peyton uses in her everyday life. To some, this would seem excessive, but to Peyton, it's a way of life. Look carefully at the PPG Ultra Marine that adorns the pristine engine compartment. Gazing at every GM part that was painted and chromed sucks you in. It's as though you're looking at a glassy ocean background in the middle of Texas. Included in this prudently arranged engine is a chrome Chevy air cleaner with a K&N filter and an Edelbrock intake surrounded by AC plugs and wires, as well as ceramic-coated Hooker headers. All of the excess gases are let loose via Flowmaster mufflers.
The '85 350ci Chevy packs a nice punch, just enough for a 15-year-old to have the coolest
Being an award-winning model and fashion connoisseur, Peyton settled for nothing less than a perfect pickup makeover. She and her dad both pounded out all imperfections on the body, creating the perfect palette for the PPG Ultra Marine Blue and Gold Pearl coat. Steve Cox graced this cover-model-worthy paintjob with the detailed pinstriping. Peyton's dad used birch to construct the shiny bed. Seeing as her dad's '71 Blazer has graced the covers of many of CCT's sister magazines, he knew exactly how to build to his daughter's standards.
The interior part of this triumph includes the aforementioned '85 Monte Carlo tilt steering column, Dakota Digital gauges (for Peyton's precise needs), a new JVC audio setup, and blue GM upholstery, including carpet. Each door panel includes a billet Chevy emblem, just in case the interior wasn't slick enough.
After all the hard work Peyton has put into her young life, this truck is a great thank you from her father. Of course, being an overachiever, this kind of present is expected. We think it's time for Peyton to hop in her truck and do what she hasn't allowed herself to do her entire life, relax. Seeing as she's only 15, this is all she'll be able to do for another year, right Peyton? CCT
The '85 GM front end and 17-inch Boyd Coddington wheels create a true Texas truck.
Digital Dakota gauges sit behind the '85 Monte Carlo tilt steering column. GM upholstery c
Peyton and her dad hand-placed and refinished each of these birch wood strips.
The pinstriping, finished by Steve Cox, includes a special Chevy emblem at the very tip. N
The wheelwells complement the billet wheels very well. Every corner and body piece has bee