With patina being all the rage today, taking something that looks old and filling it with fresh mechanicals is an awesome way to have your cake and eat it, too. The bodywork on this 1949 Chevy 3100 pickup looks like it''s been working the back 40 for decades, but the slammed stance, small block V8, and gorgeous interior all suggest that it''s been working out in its spare time. The bodywork is original, which is to say, it hasn''t been treated to a shiny coat of paint. The combination of silver paint, chips and scratches, and bare steel gives it a look of great age, and if this one was out in a field with the weeds growing around it, it wouldn''t look out of place. But to keep it looking this way almost indefinitely, it''s been treated to a shot of satin clear that preserves the look but makes it durable and easy to maintain. Looking closely, you''ll see that the paint hides nothing, but the panel gaps are quite good, meaning someone spent some time intentionally making it look this way, and nothing has been shaved, trimmed, or altered. Instead, you get a look that will draw a crowd better than any restoration and a no worries attitude that means this truck can go anywhere, any time without a second thought. Yeah, maybe the chrome is a bit too nice, but one can hardly call that a defect, right? There''s also a real pickup bed out back, albeit with a cleverly raised floor to clear the suspension (more on that in a few minutes) and appropriately weathered boards. They definitely nailed the look. The bright red interior is all new and all amazing. No fake patina here, just a combination of original components and a dash of style to make driving this 3100 a pleasure, not a chore. A bench seat wears fresh red vinyl upholstery, with a pair of door panels to soften the passenger compartment a bit. Factory instruments are in place and in good condition, framed by the original steering wheel that was painted red to match the rest of the interior. Controls for the slick Air Ride suspension setup are on a nifty remote that can controlled easily, while gauges for the front and rear psi is located in the glove box. Carpets on the floor help with noise and vibration, and while that shifter looks vintage, it''s a modern Lokar unit connected to a TH350 3-speed automatic. Familiar 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 power makes this pickup more than just interesting to look at. Fitted with an Edelbrock carb and intake, MSD ignition, and a few dress-up parts, it looks right under the hood; not too flashy, but just enough to let you know someone was paying attention. A big aluminum radiator keeps it cool and a serpentine belt setup manages the accessories. The suspension is a real trick, letting this truck lay frame without compromising streetability, thanks to a set of air bags all around and custom rear suspension that was obviously custom fabricated just for these 3100s. It''s so low that you need an access hatch in the bed to check it out, but it''s definitely worth it, with more bright red details and impressive build quality. Painted steel wheels with simply hubcaps are the right look and wear vintage-looking wide whitewall bias-ply tires for a period look. An incredible illusion or just an incredible truck? How about both? If you want to attract attention, forget bright red paint and loud mufflers, this patina-covered pickup is the hot ticket. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.