Last but not least is Joe Aragon's stunning '48 Chevy. Ten years ago Joe picked up the Advance Design Chevy and for years drove the truck around in primer and just had fun with it. But when the other guys were knee deep in their own builds, Joe realized primer just wasn't gonna cut it! Therefore, it was stripped down to the ground and work was begun.
When Joe bought the truck it was equipped with a Camaro front clip and a back-half from an S-10. Although the setup was adequate, Joe was looking to up the ante. The Camaro clip was ditched for a TCI Mustang II setup with 11-inch disc brakes, rack-and-pinion and two-inch drop spindles. The rear setup also went the way of Mercury and Oldsmobile-as in gone! In its place is a set of Chassis engineering springs mated to the S-10 rearend with Monroe shocks. TCI sway bars are planted at both the back and front of the chassis. Behind the S-10 rearend is a frame-mounted aluminum gas tank. The 350hp 350ci small-block nestled between the framerails found its way into the mix via a '70 Corvette. For more get up and go, a set of Vortec heads and a Crane camshaft were installed on the mouse motor. Allowing the 350 to inhale is an Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor coupled with an Edelbrock intake manifold, both plated in Endurashine. Providing more flash under the hood is a matching set of Billet Specialties ball-milled valve covers and air cleaner. Backing the motor is a Turbo 350 with a B&M converter and 2,500-stall speed coupled with a Lokar shifter.
Joe has been a lifelong hot rodder with a track record of heavily customized rides. His latest project is no different than the previous. The most radical transition the '48 was put through was the lowering of the lid. The top was chopped a total of 5 inches, which gave the truck a whole new persona. Instead of opting for stock lighting, Joe frenched in a set of Hagan headlights and rings in the front fenders. In the back, a set of '48 Chevy passenger car LED taillights is frenched into a custom roll pan. From there anything and everything that could be shaved from the exterior of the truck was wiped clean. Bringing the new look of the '48 to the eyes of even the most innocent bystander is the PPG Tangerine Orange paintjob laid down by Zamora's Paint and Body. Adding a modern, yet speedway feel to the truck is the American Racing Hopster 18-inch rims with tri-knock-offs. Nitto doughnuts, 235/50s and 295/45s, surround the billet rollers. Inside the bed lies a Mar-K oak bed floor.
Custom cars of yesteryear were seen as chic and classy (the opposite twin to the raucous and rebellious hot rods). Joe's '48 follows suit with the tail dragging customs of the past-all luxury. Mounted to the floor is a set of '89 Chevy truck bucket seats wrapped in black leather with black Ostrich skin inserts by Castillo Correll Auto Trim. Along the dash is the addition of new Dolphin gauges, an ididit steering column, and a Billet Specialties steering wheel. Keeping the cab at the desired temperature is a Vintage Air system. I think it's safe to say that the newfound orange hauler makes the cut!
With all three builds complete, each one being killer at that, one could say this group of friends gets by more than just "with a little help from my friends!"