2013 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Great 8 Finalist: Alan Beer’s “Quicksilver” – 1957 Chevy Short Bed Pickup Built by Hot Rod Joe’s

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I like this truck. Mid-1950s Chevy trucks have shapes that just lend themselves to customizing, while still retaining that tri-five Chevy look. Nothing on Alan Beer’s ’57 named Quicksilver is stock. Every single metal panel has been reshaped in some manner by fabricator Jason Smith, and to spectacular effect, but it’s still recognizable as a ’57 Chevy pickup. Body modifications include a smoothed and reshaped firewall, custom inner fenders, pancaked and reshaped hood, a 3 inch chopped top, the cowl was filled and moved forward, the front bumper was narrowed and reshaped, custom tail light bar, hand-formed tailgate and roll pan along with a full belly pan. The bed is fully custom, to accommodate the custom 22″ rims. Both the windshield and back glass opening have been reshaped and flush mounted with custom cut glass. I like this truck.

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As it is, the truck looks great but every car’s underhood look is improved with velocity stacks and you could say that Quicksilver has velocity stacks. Standing proud in front of that reshaped firewall are the foot tall velocity stacks of a Crower mechanical fuel injection system feeding a 540 cubic inch big block. Since everything else on the truck has been modified, the Crower FI has been updated to a modern EFI unit. Did I mention that I like this truck?

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