1975 Chevy Step-Side Custom P/U
Black 1975 Chevy Step-Side P/U with Sunroof, Custom Bumpers, Custom Grille, In-Bed Speaker Deck, & Custom Wheels.
This truck was built using the classic Revell 'Hot Rod Magazine' Chevy Street Pick-Up model, (kit #7135). This kit was given to me as a gift by a very good friend. As I began building the kit, I noticed that the tooling and many parts were identical to two other Revell kits that I have in my collection: Sneaky Pete and Midnight Cowboy, (kit release circa 1979). I knew from this that I would have no problems building this kit and that it had a lot of possibilities for customizing.
I began the build as I always do and built the chassis to the truck first. I opted to use the axle outside the springs option in the rear to give the truck a raised back. I maintained the stock placement of the front springs and axle so as to avoid the slammed look on the front. I opted not to use the two-piece plastic tires that came with the kit. Instead I mounted a set of large diameter wide rubber at the rear. These tires came from a '66 Buick Wildcat kit. The tires on the front were extras I had left after building another '25 Tall T. I wanted a different look for the rolling stock, so I used the custom wheels from the Lindberg '40 Ford kit and was pleased with the effect.
Next I built the motor for the truck. I opted not to use the late model fuel injection that came with the kit and used an injector set-up that had individual velocity stacks atop the manifold. I put plug wires on using thread. Wiring this engine was very easy because it is just a basic engine. I installed it in the chassis with the driveline and moved on to the cab and bed.
I attached the bed to the chassis and allowed it to dry while the interior I had painted dried as well. I attached the windows and sunroof to the cab and inserted the complete interior. With this complete I set it all on the chassis. I did some underhood detail painting and completed the model with the following:
I used a tubular mesh grille from a '66 Wildcat in place of the factory Chevy grille. It went right into the grille opening without a hitch and it looks like it is right at home there. I glued the chrome steps on the sides of the bed where they went. The final thing I did was use a speaker deck from a Dodge D-50 kit to complete the bed. This too went right in without any modification necessary and with the carpet cover and lettering I added, it truly sets this truck off. The rear tail-lights are mounted higher than stock and are oriented different as well.
I hope you enjoy this truck as much as I do. Any feedback is appreciated.
Thank You For Looking - Rev'd. Dan+
Needs some good Photos.
Sorry but I can't see it to judge it. From the photos you do present it looks like a nice build but it is really hard to tell. Shots of the details you talk of would have been nice to. Shows off you craftsmanship. That is what this is about after all. Better Photos next time will be a big improvement.