Amy Melton’s two-tone ’55 Chevy pickup has been named Goodguys 2012 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year-Late. It was chosen as a finalist just last weekend at the 20th Lone Star Nationals The complete restoration and overhaul was finished Friday morning of the Lone Star Nationals weekend!
Her truck wasn’t always this nice. The truck had been in Melton and her husband Steve’s garage for many years but as she puts it “was a bit rough.” During a trip to A & R Restorations (which had previously built them a ’65 GTO) – she noticed a stunning ’55 Chevy pickup at the shop and wondered if their “rough” one back home could look that nice. A year and a half later, thanks to A & R, it wasn’t just nice – it became the Truck of the Year!
As with most smooth looking hot rods, customs and tricked out trucks we see today – the body of this Chevy truck has been redesigned to improve aesthetics. The cab was sectioned, custom grille and front bumper added, the hood pie cut, the cab extended and the rockers removed. The custom handmade bed features a trick Nomad tailgate.
Matt Peace of Torq’d Design made the custom chassis which features suspension goodies from both Heidt’s and Ridetech along with Wilwood discs. The Schott wheels roll smoothly on Dunlap run flat tires. The interior, which features custom one-off seats, was also done by A & R Restorations.
This baby won’t be sneaking up on anyone either as the big 502ci big block rumps like a rock & roll staccato beat. The hefty exhaust notes resonate through Street & Performance headers.
It’s all wrapped up in one stellar package with Texas-tough build quality. We have a feeling this truck, and Amy (who’s an avid enthusiast) will be around the rod & custom scene for a long, long time. We can’t wait to see what she and husband Steve come up with next.
Look for Amy’s trick truck inside the “Champion’s Arena” sponsored by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 15th annual Southwest Nationals, November 16-18 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Runner Up finalists for this year’s award included: Terry, Van Housen, Polk, NE (’55 Ford pickup), Robert Komlofske, Prineville, OR (’53 Chevy pickup), Jeff Matauch, New Hudson, MI (’54 Chevy pickup), Hilton Vale, El Cajon, CA (’55 Chevy pickup) and Bob Kongelka, Meadville, PA (‘56 Chevy Pickup).