Heck, when a pickup looks this good, you know you’ve done something right in the styling department
With that being said, NOTHING back in 1937 was as slick as this beauty, in fact, I’m not sure that a streetrod has looked this cool ever since. It’s a one-off, custom build that was brilliantly designed, expertly executed, and then intricately finished by top professionals, resulting in a drop-dead gorgeous hotrod that’s got everyone in the showroom excited. Coated in molten Sunset Orange Pearl paint, stuffed with a leather cabin, and powered by a thumping 454 V8, this one-of-a-kind ’37 Chevy kicks down the door and demands attention.
The Sunset Orange Pearl paint isn’t subtle, but when you build something that looks this exciting, the point is to get noticed. Built by the pros at Boogie Man Custom Creations in Michigan in 2013, this is not some fiberglass kit-car that was put together in a neighbor’s garage over a couple cases of Busch. No, it took lots of time and money to plan this hotrod out, gather all the top-end materials, and then to ultimately execute the high-end build. Other than the rear fenders and facial panel, this baby is all-steel, and it’s been beautifully cut, chopped, molded, shaped, and custom fabricated into a bespoke streetrod truck that fits together near-flawlessly. Up front, the bumper was deleted in favor of a semi-circle chrome pushbar, the front fenders were molded to fit 1940 Ford-style teardrop headlights, a custom waterfall grille was polished-up to a blinding shine, and a trick forward-tilting hood works with louvered custom side-panels to cover up the monster engine underneath. The sculpted front fenders seamlessly flow into steel running boards – complete with sectioned cut-outs for the side exhaust – and they lead into curvy rear quarters and a custom bed box and rear end built onto the back half of the truck. The top was chopped and smoothed, the suicide doors were smoothed and installed with remote poppers, and the raked stance is downright wicked. Covering all that trick bodywork with a high-impact color was an excellent decision, and better yet, it was highlighted by ghost-flames embedded up front. Pearlescence and metallic flake added to the mix really makes the Sunset Orange shade come to life, and because professionals laid down the finish, it’s uniform, miles-deep, and still looks great 10 years later. It’s no longer a trailer queen and a couple minor signs of use and age can be seen up close, but there’s nothing that detracts from this truck’s stunning curb appeal. The bed was completely reworked, capped, smoothed, and covered with a hardshell tonneau that protects the contents inside: relocated tanks for the fuel and Air Ride system, and durable carpeting off-set by a set of paint-matched rub strips. The entire rear end was redesigned with a smoothed tailgate, roll pan with a frenched-in license plate holder, and a set of bespoke taillights flush mounted inside the back of the rear quarters.
The completely custom interior is tasteful and beautifully built, with more tricks up its sleeve that match the exterior. A sculpted bench seat wrapped in beige leather makes it as comfortable as your daily driver, and the top-end upholstery continues to the bespoke door panels at the flanks, a custom headliner above, the supple dash pad, and the fabric that lines the entirety of the cab. Matching plush carpets insulate the floors and a fabricated center console houses the shifter for the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission below, along with controls for the power windows. A leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with a billet insert matches the billet pedals down on the floor, while the custom dash insert houses a full array of AutoMeter gauges that keep an eye on the big block under the hood. Sunset Orange accents were cleverly added throughout the interior to tie in the exterior look, and with so few miles on the build everything still looks and feels very fresh.
If you can look past that gorgeous engine cover (painted with ghost flames) and all the polished and chrome pieces under the hood, you’ll find a stout Generation IV 454 V8 that powers this slick-rig. Augmented with a 400HP-rated roller cam, fueled by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop a polished Edelbrock intake, and featuring an MSD ignition and coil that lights the fires, the big block starts instantly and idles well even when it’s cold, and thanks to a professional tune and recent service, it drives beautifully. Accessories like the chromed alternator and the giant aluminum radiator are stacked close to the block, and as you can see, the gorgeous engine bay was artfully dressed to show off and win trophies. It’s backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission upgraded with a B&M 2500 stall convertor, which slots neatly between the original frame rails and spins a heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end swapped-in from an S-10 and filled with driver-friendly 3.08 gears. That frame has been heavily reinforced to account for all that added horsepower, and with a Mustang II front end that features power front disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, a double-wishbone set-up complete with tubular lower control arms, a tubular 4-link out back, and a full AirRide system all-around, the suspension is more than capable of getting the job done. That air suspension allows you to fine-tune the ride height, so don’t let our photos fool you: this sucker looks right from any angle. Staggered American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are fitted with 215/45/17 front and 285/40/18 rear performance radials that tuck under the fenders perfectly.
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