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Heath Pinter’s Rescued Custom Classic 1950 Chevy 3100

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Jason Mulligan
Jun 30, 2015
Photographers: Jason Mulligan
When one is heavily involved in the custom car and truck scene, unfinished projects—orphans if you will—often come up hoping to be adopted and finished in a loving garage. This was the case with BMX freestyle rider Heath Pinter’s ’50 Chevy pickup. While Heath cut his teeth on two wheels touring the world and competing in freestyle BMX contests, he has always had a love for classic cars and trucks. The two industries are more intertwined than one may think as several of the companies, sponsors, and friends that Heath has worked with share interests in both worlds.
Photo 2/11   |   Custom 1950 Chevy 3100 Side Shot
Heath rode head first into custom cars picking up a ’65 Lincoln when he was younger and began customizing it, learning as he went along. Since then he has crafted numerous newer trucks, classic customs, and a few traditional hot rods. Recently, a friend had been working on a ’50 Chevy 3100 pickup, and it sat neglected in the corner. It had good bones with the air suspension already started with TCI front clip, CPP brakes, and Firestone ’bags. A donor motor and rearend were also included. Heath picked it and the parts up, saving the project from the junkyard.
Photo 3/11   |   Custom 1950 Chevy 3100 Driving
He slowly worked on the truck, diving into the motor, getting it running right, and topping it off with a Professional Products intake manifold. He then saddled it with Hedman Hedders leading to a custom Cherry Bomb exhaust system. The initial idea was to build a simple shop truck to run parts around for his bikes and hot rods when he got a call from one of his sponsors offering a spot at the SEMA show. Of course, the show was only a couple months away and Heath had several contests he was scheduled to compete in before the show in Vegas. This is where some help from friends came into play.
Photo 4/11   |   Custom 1950 Chevy 3100 Sbc 350 Vortec
The first stop was to nearby Hillview Customs in Lake Elsinore, California, where Dalton Hill got the body straight and sprayed it in Hot Rod Flatz Olive Brown while Heath crafted a custom bed frame and wood bed floor. A quick call to Colorado Custom resulted in a one-off smoothie wheel design in the 18x8 size wrapped in 215/45R18 General Tires. All of the chrome work was hit with trim black to provide a toned-down look. On the inside, the cab was outfitted with plenty of Kicker audio gear, including kick panels and a powered subwoofer behind the factory bench seat. The seat was lowered down and re-foamed before the folks at Red Kap (yes, the work wear company) sent over a roll of their black canvas style material for the seat and door panels to be covered.
It was a mad thrash the final few days before SEMA, but the truck made its debut. Heath usually tinkered on his rides in his garage shop just in front of a dirt jump course by himself. The experience of working with friends has led to new projects that will share the experience with his friends and sponsors.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Owner and City/State: Heath Pinter, Riverside, CA
Chassis
Front Suspension: Total Cost Involved Mustang II-Style front clip
Rear Suspension: Triangulated four-link, ’87 Chevrolet Camaro rearend
Frame: Boxed and notched
Shocks: Doetsch tech
Brakes: CPP Disc Brakes
Airbags: Firestone airbags, Accuair eLevel
Drivetrain
Engine: 1970 Chevrolet SBC 350, Vortec Cylinder Heads, Professional Products polished intake manifold, MSD Distributor, and Taylor Plug Wires
Transmission: Chevrolet Turbo 400 with Lokar Shifter/Linkage, and Inland Driveline Driveshaft
Gas Tank: 1966 Ford Mustang
Exhaust: Hedman Hedders, Custom Exhaust with 2-inch Cherry Bomb Mufflers
Body
Paint: Hot Rod Flatz Olive Brown by Dalton Hill of Hillview Customs
Mods: Custom wood bed floor, black trim and grille
Interior
Upholstery: Reworked factory bench seat covered with Black Red Kap material by Hillview Customs
Stereo: Kicker PXIBT50.2 Bluetooth head unit, Kicker KX400.4 amplifier with Kicker 10-inch Substation subwoofer, Kicker KS 4-inch and 6x9 speakers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 18x8 Colorado Custom One-Off Design
Tires: 215/45R18 General Tire
Special Thanks: Kicker, Red Kap, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Hillview Customs, R&R Powdercoat
Photo 8/11   |   Custom 1950 Chevy 3100 Laying Body

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