This 1956 Chevy 3100 is All New and Plenty Wicked

When we hear about someone who owns and drives a 1956 Chevrolet pickup we assume they must be a classic truck enthusiast. When we hear about someone who owns and drives Porsches we assume they must be a German sports car enthusiast. When we found out about a guy who owns and drives Porsches and also owns and drives this slate gray custom Chevy 3100, our previous assumptions were blown away and replaced with a new one. We assume that someone who appreciates Chevy’s iconic haulers and Ferdinand’s iconic sports cars must be a pretty cool guy—or at least he drives a very cool truck.

We saw this incredible 3100 at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where it won a Chevy SEMA Design award for Truck of the Year. Not long after, builder Ross Logsdon of Premier Street Rod in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, delivered it to our studio where these photos were taken. Ross told us that the truck’s owner—who prefers not to be named—came to Premier “with a vision of a badass truck.”

“The plan was for something that looked factory stock on the outside and over the top everywhere else,” Logsdon says. The definition of “factory stock” probably needs some explaining, since the slammed stance, 20-inch billet wheels, and low-profile radials would have looked pretty unfamiliar to Chevy truck owners from 63 years ago, and provide outward hints that this hauler is more—a lot more—than a freshened up antique. The bumpers, door handles, and outside mirrors contribute to the pickup’s stock appearance, but those are brand-new items from the Premier catalog. The body and bed are 21st century 18-gauge steel reproduction parts manufactured by Premier. In fact, every piece of the pickup, from sheetmetal to fasteners to the air in the tires, is brand new.

The bed features wheeltubs to fit the wheel and tire combo, as well as incorporated coolers/storage compartments for practicality. The raided floor is constructed of stained maple boards separated by steel strips from Premier. The floor lifts via a pair of “bed shocks” from Tricky Air Suspension, revealing the 19-gallon aluminum fuel tank, batteries, and high-tech rear suspension components underneath.

The paint is the perfect tone for broadcasting the truck’s low-key, but tough, personality. And the PPG Porsche Slate Gray, shot by Ryan Cobb at Premier Street Rod, is a match for some of the Porsches the truck’s owner has driven. The paint is complemented by nickel plating throughout the truck. Those 20-inch wheels we mentioned earlier are from the Billet Specialties Concave series, rolling on 245/40ZR20 and 315/35ZR20 INVO radial tires from Nitto.

The Chevy’s down-to-the-ground profile, along with its street and performance-oriented ride and handling, is provided by a custom chassis from GSI Machine & Fabrication. The independent front suspension components include Classic Performance Products modular spindles and RideTech air shocks. In back, a GSI four-link and watts link and RideTech shocks suspend the Currie 9-inch rearend with 4.11 gears and limited slip. Wilwood disc brakes feature 16-inch rotors in front and 14s in the rear, tied to a Wilwood master cylinder and proportioning valve, plus a CPP hydraulic booster and pedal assembly.

Raising the Premier Street Rod reproduction hood reveals a powerplant that carries out the “over-the-top” mandate for the project. Like every other inch of the 3100, the GM LSX engine was fresh from the factory when the Premier crew planted it between the fenders. Holley EFI and intake manifold feed the engine and twin 66mm turbochargers from Precision Turbo & Engine nudge the horsepower rating to 1,000. The automatic transmission is a Lokar-shifted GM 4L80E.

Climb inside to the fully custom interior, created by Ron Mangus Interiors, for additional, up-to-date-details. The custom seats, door panels, and headliner wear an upholstery combination of pebble grain and perforated black leather and elaborately stitched cloth. The gauges are 1955-1959 Chevy pickup HDX instruments from Dakota Digital. The center of the dash contains controls for the Vintage Air A/C and for the Custom Autosound audio system. Premier mounted a reproduction 1956 Chevy steering wheel on an ididit column.

For its debut at the SEMA Show the truck needed a name, and by the time it got to Las Vegas it had one. “Sinister ’56” was a success with spectators and vehicle judges at SEMA, winning the Chevy SEMA Design Award for Truck of the Year. Other shows and more success have followed in 2019, but Ross Logsdon confirmed that the truck wasn’t built to sit at a show. “It’s going to get driven,” he assured us. “That’s how we build them—to hammer on them and enjoy them.”

1956 Chevrolet 3100
Premier Street Rod

Frame: GSI Machine & Fabrication
Rearend / Ratio: Currie 9-inch, limited slip, / 4.11:1
Rear Suspension: GSI four-link, GSI Watts link, RideTech air shocks
Rear Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch disc brakes, E-Stopp electric emergency brake
Front Suspension: GSI IFS, CPP modular spindles, RideTech air shocks
Front Brakes: Wilwood 16-inch disc brakes, Wilwood master cylinder and proportioning valve, CPP booster and pedal assembly
Front Wheels: Billet Specialties Concave Series
Rear Wheels: Billet Specialties Concave Series
Front Tires: Nitto INVO 245/40ZR20
Rear Tires: Nitto INVO 315/35ZR20
Steering: Power rack-and-pinion
Wiring: American Autowire
Batteries: Optima
Gas Tank: Aluminum 19-gallon fuel tank

Engine: GM 356 LSX crate engine
Engine Work: Premier Street Rod, EFI Store, Brian Macy
Valve Covers: Stock
Radiator: Performance Rod & Custom
Fan: Spal
Headers: Custom
Exhaust: Custom
Fuel Injection: Holley
Intake Manifold: Holley high-rise
Turbochargers: Precision Turbo & Engine 66mm twin turbochargers
Air Cleaner: Vibrant Performance
Drive System: Eddie Motorsports
Alternator: Eddie Motorsports
Water Pump: Eddie Motorsports
Ignition: Holley
Wires: MSD
Horsepower: 1,000
Transmission: GM 4L80E

Style: 1956 Chevy 3100 reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Modifications: Bed lifted, rear fenders lifted, bed coolers and tubs
Fenders: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Hood: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Headlights / Taillights: Delta Lights / United Pacific
Door Handles: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Grille: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Mirrors: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Bumpers: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Bodywork: Premier Street Rod
Glass: Lucky’s Auto Glass, smoked
Paint: PPG Porsche Slate Gray
Painter: Ryan Cobb at Premier Street Rod
Plating: Nickel, The Polishing Shop
Bed: Premier Street Rod, Mar-K floor, Tricky Air Suspension floor lift

Dashboard: Reproduction by Premier Street Rod
Gauges: Dakota Digital 1955-1959 Chevy pickup HDX instruments
Steering Wheel: Reproduction 1956 Chevy
Steering Column: ididit tilt
Shifter: Lokar Performance Products
Seats: Custom bench
Upholstery Material / Color: Leather and cloth / Black
Upholsterer: Ron Mangus Interiors
Carpet / Color: square weave / black
Air Conditioning: Vintage Air
Sound System: Custom Autosound, Kicker amplifier, Kicker speakers

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