What makes a hot truck? Is it the classic lines, low stance, flawless paint, nicely detailed interior, and clean bed? Of course all of these attributes are important, and after putting them together, the parts make a great whole. Craig Wetzler has an eye for these things. His latest venture has something a bit more unique. Lurking under the hood of this rig is its hidden identity.
Dressed in a blue reminiscent of Superman’s cape, the details of this immaculate ’55 Chevy soon come out. Craig found this truck on eBay and arranged a meeting at the Pomona Swap Meet for a viewing. A bit of negotiating took place and before long he had the keys in his hands. But, like any good find, there’s bound to be some changes desired. An avid Hot August Nights traveler, Craig wanted the truck to stay nice and cool, so he had a Be Cool aluminum radiator with dual fans installed to help on the drive up to Reno and back to SoCal.
It was the paint and color that first caught Craig’s attention, however. Sprayed with Volkswagen Lagoon Blue from a painter out in Lake Havasu, the coating flawlessly covers the shaved door handles and mirrors and smoothed firewall. He attached chrome roadster-style mirrors to the doorposts to keep the truck smooth, while still remaining legal.
The bed is richly appointed with maple logs and polished stainless trim features a fill port for the 20-gallon fuel tank underneath. At the corners are 18- and 20-inch polished American Racing wheels wrapped in Capitol low-profile rubber. Up front, a Camaro clip with stock suspension and disc brakes handles the suspension duties, while out back sits a Camaro posi rearend with 3.73 gears and drum brakes.
Open the doors and we find a nicely detailed gray cloth and tweed upholstered interior by Keystone Brothers surrounding a Dakota Digital gauge cluster, JVC AM/FM/CD stereo, and Sony 1,800-watt Xplod amp installed by Z Autosound in Orange, California. A Hot Rod Accessories A/C unit keeps the cab nice and cool.
There ain’t enough Kryptonite to keep the secret much longer as we reveal what is under the hood of this street avenger. These superman powers don’t require a telephone booth, however; a Quadrajet carb feeds an equally stock but healthy Chevy 427 powerplant. A pair of Brodix heads keep the valves in line as they feed to a set of Doug’s headers with cutouts and Thrust Glasspacks by Positive Performance Muffler in Orange, California. The raw power is shifted by a Lokar shifter and captured by a 700-R4 level 2 transmission, able to handle up to 450 base horsepower, with a 2,200 stall converter added by Bowtie Transmissions in Hesperia, California. All this is dressed up nicely with chrome accents and Brodix valve covers.
So the next time you are on Highway 395 during the first week of August, beware of this “Super Truck” with Craig and his “Wonder Woman” Gail in the cab.