Because anyone in the US loves trucks, there are numerous fans of classic trucks – but those come with some compromises, actually more than a few. So, there’s always a market for a restomod conversion.
Legacy Classic Trucks has made a name for itself because of Dodge Power Wagon restomods, but their latest project has jumped ship to Chevrolet and GMC’s 1955-1959 3100 Napco 4×4 pickup. Napco is not a model, but a specific option for the pickups – GM didn’t have its own AWD system for these models so they used a kit from Northwestern Auto Parts Company. “This isn’t a restoration. Each Legacy Chevy Napco Conversion is completely rebuilt with all-new components,” comments company founder Winslow Bent.
The original donor vehicle retains as much factory body as possible, and each unit is built to order so the customer can specify almost everything. There could be one of the three front grilles, corresponding to different build years, but buyers can also specify standard Stepside bed or the bigger Fleetside as an option. Classic looks aside, the conversion includes a new, fully-boxed frame, revised suspension with remote-reservoir shocks and an adjustable sway bar, all in the name of reliability and handling. Under the hood sits a 350-horsepower (261 kilowatts) 5.3-liter V8, but there’s always the larger 430-hp (320.7 kW) 6.2-liter V8 at hand. There are also five speed manual or four-speed autos, complete with a low-range transfer case.