Rat rods look cool but most of them take the theme so far that they''re not only no fun to drive, they''re also unsafe. Mismatched wheels and tires, sketchy brakes, engines and transmissions pulled from the Titanic...no thanks. Now, how about a cool truck with the maximum amount of badass allowed by law AND a solid foundation? Yeah, sounds pretty good to us, too. Semi-gloss black isn''t called "hot rod black" for no reason; it''s been a car customizer''s staple for decades. If Harley Davidson was a color, it''d be hot rod black. It''s the color of Jack Daniel''s labels. It''s the perfect color to draw people in and make them just a bit uncomfortable at the same time. On this cool ''51 it''s everywhere from bumper to bumper and from roof to running board. Trim wasn''t a major part of these trucks when new, and there are a few well-placed pieces here to add contrast. The headlamp trim rings and the front and rear marker lights are shiny, as are the door handles. The vertical divider on the front windshield is chrome, as is the trim strip on the cool windshield visor. Far and away the biggest wow factor on the exterior is the bed-those are strips of stainless steel instead of the same old boring wood...how cool is that? The stance is perfect, dropped but not in the weeds and with a perfect rake. This is an awesome truck. Inside, there aren''t any vintage milk crates or stop signs, nor are there any LED lit skulls or pinup girls. A comfortable cloth bench out of a 90''s C/K pickup is infinitely better for cruising, and actual carpet on the floor dampens sound and looks better. You''re holding on to a thick rimmed steering wheel mounted to a modern GM steering column, and that''s a great tradeoff for the original impale-O-matic column and two foot diameter tiller. The smoothed dash holds VDO vintage series gauges, a CD player for cruising tunes and controls for the A/C. Power windows are at your command. It certainly looks imposing dressed in black, but you''ll be comfortable. Pop the hood and prepare for some puzzled stares-a dual quad cross ram intake is NOT a common sight on any car, let alone a pickup! Twin Edelbrock carbs feed the rebuilt 350 cubic inch V8, which was bored .040 over and fitted with a "3/4 race" cam. The idle is fantastic, especially through the shorty headers and Flowmaster mufflers below. Power brakes with a dual master cylinder are far safer than the original floor-mounted piece, and they''re just about the only thing bolted to the bare, smoothed firewall. The chassis holds the biggest surprise thanks to its second-gen Camaro front clip that includes an independent front suspension and disc brakes that all allow for a much better ride, a great stance and reasonable stopping times, with replacement parts as close as your nearest parts store. There''s a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission in the tunnel feeding power back to the original axle. Traction bars ensure straight launches while a bed-mounted fuel tank frees up space in the interior. Fat, flat black Chevy rally wheels hold equally huge 215/65/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Cooper Cobra tires. NO truck from the 50''s had it this good! Miles of attitude, power, comfort, classic lines and the rat rod vibe, it''s an awesome combination! Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.