If making a real neat and tidy hot rod truck means doing tidy up rather than radical body work then this 47 Chevy Panel Truck scoops the pool. When I say ‘tidy up work’ I am not really being kind to the guys at Hudson Rod & Custom as the body of this 47 Chevy panel truck in reality is so clean-looking it is too easy to overlook the amount of time and expertise that has gone into it.
First look is obvious the door handles, wipers, mirrors and badges are gone. But then look again and the hood looks different. And it is, for sure. The front of the hood has been flattened, or if you prefer ‘lowered’. If anyone reading this post has ever reshaped compound curves you will appreciate its not a simple quick job, and not always an easy one to get to look right when finished either, ezsxpecially if the underside can be seen. This attention to detail is obvious right through this whole panel truck, and anything that doesn’t need to be seen isnt, without making it look like an obvious cover up.
The rest of the body is stock, runs an LS motor and chassis is stock. Obviously the front and rear suspensions aren’t stock, neither are the wheels with rear being 20 inch, front 18 inch. Paint job is a Range Rover color and is finished off with a flat clear, rather tricky with no mistakes allowed as it is not possible to sand these back and respray as it would be very noticeable. The interior is a must see, a lot of thought and planning has gone in here, and it shows. It starts with the hardwood floor and continues right up to the hood lining which itself is repeated in other panels to match it all in. My thinking is nothing looks worse than a truck with ‘Sissy looking upholstery’ it just doesn’t fit. Comfortable, practical and still looks robust is name of the game for a vehicle like this, something not always easy to achieve.