Like many of us, Tim Timmerman longed for the ride he had in high school. A lengthy search was rewarded when a friend told him of a "fixer" on a farm in Modesto, California. They drove some 400 miles north through the California Central Valley fields with a trailer in tow to pick up the pickup.
The 1948 Chevy 3100 needed some suspension work and had no bed floor, but the cab was in good condition. Tim was ready to make it the custom truck he had dreamed of when he was a teen. He began this daunting task going from shop to shop trying to find someone reputable. It wasn't until he joined the South Orange County Rod and Custom club when he was introduced to quality shops and builders. Let's start from the ground up.
Tim met Bryan Hayes from O.C. Cars in Lake Forest, California, and decided to have him modify the frame and engine mounts for the new ZZ4. O.C. Cars added the crate motor, chrome firewall, custom inner wheelwells, Camaro front clip, and rewired the entire truck. An 18-gallon CPP aluminum fuel tank was added under the bed, while the truck rolls on 14- and 15-inch Spirit of America Wheels with Michelin Harmony rubber. Sitting atop the ZZ4 350 is a Holley 670 Avenger with a K&N filter, keeping cool with a custom radiator. Hedman headers push the exhaust through 3½-inch tubes to Flowmaster mufflers. Tim added bits and pieces here and there to the truck over the next couple of years before tearing it completely apart again.
The truck came from the farm with a channeled bed and shaved door handles. Alberto's Paint and Body in Garden Grove, California, smoothed out the body panels, fabricated custom sills for the bed wood, and sprayed a mix of three different colors on the body: a basecoat of white, followed by a green midcoat, and topped with a special mix of orange and tangerine with a blast of pearl. The result is a unique blend that shows a different color as the light rolls around the curves. Finishing touches include a custom chrome side rocker valance and Chevs of the 40's mirrors. The bed of the truck came empty with a vinyl cover to hide the missing floor. All that changed when Tim found some wormy maple and chrome "wow strips" to finish it off nicely.
The dash highlights a custom insert of Auto Meter gauges, an Alpine head unit with speakers installed by Audio Toyz in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and a Lecarra steering wheel. Gabriel Custom Upholstery in Palm Desert, California, installed the sound-deadening panels, Acura custom bucket seats wrapped in light and dark brown Ultraleather, and custom carpet.
When Tim brought the truck back home to his canyon cabin in Modjeska, it felt like a whole new truck with little road noise and comfy seats. Now he rolls through the beaches, back roads, and hills of Southern California with "Take Me Home, Country Roads" playing in his head. The truck may not have been born on a farm, but it was certainly raised from the fields.