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Few jobs consist of a personal work vehicle, and even fewer have such a cool car as the one Frank Rosas was able to drive around while working at Mt. San Antonio College. So in 1985 when this ’54 Chevrolet 3100 pickup came up for sale, Frank was the first in line. Frank knew the admiration his son, Chris, had for this Chevy and would eventually decide to give it to him as wedding gift. “I always dreamt about turning it into a lowrider,” Chris says. Chris and his new wife soon embarked on a restoration journey that converted this once-neglected daily driver into a car show contender.

The five-window cab allows a full view of the GOODTIMES plaque.
The five-window cab allows a full view of the GOODTIMES plaque.

After many a trip to the Pomona Swap Meet, the pieces were finally in place to begin this build. The heart and soul of this project was in the hands of P&G Engines in Rialto, California, who would install a new 350 small-block crate motor complete with chrome and painted accessories, as well as a 700-R4 transmission bolting up to a posi rearend along with upgraded front disc brakes. The airbag suspension was left to J&J Classic in San Bernardino, California, where Joe and crew would mount a brand-new custom Universal Air Suspension setup, laying this Chevy all the way down to the floor. Joe would also connect the audio components that included a Sony head unit and Kicker amplifiers powering Kicker mids, highs, and subwoofers. From there they would cover the entire truck with a unique blend of Forest Green two-stage PPG paint that included the undercarriage as well as engine compartment. With Memos Upholstery cutting and sewing together two tan leather combinations, mimicking original Chevrolet bench seat patterns, Dakota Digital dash in place, and hubcaps gleaming, it was finally time to hit the boulevard.

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Nowadays, this once-diminished work truck finds itself as a family heirloom with Chris recently handing it down to his son, Nicholas. Chris and family would like to say thank you to all who were involved, especially Joe of J&J Classic, Goodtimes Car Club members, and most importantly to his dad, Frank.

1954 Chevy 3100

Nickname
El Don

Owner
Nicholas Quintero

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City
Ontario, CA

Engine
’87 Chevy 350 installed by P&G Engines

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Upholstery
Memos Classic Upholstery cut and sewed together two tan leather combinations, mimicking original Chevy bench seat patterns.

Body/Paint
J&J Classic covered this classic in a custom PPG blend of Forest Green with Mike Tipit adding accenting pinstripe lines throughout the body.

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Suspension
J&J Classic installed the custom airbag suspension.

Wheels/Tires 14-inch radial whitewalls accessorized with chrome hubcaps.