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Busted Knuckles- 1948 Chevy 3100- Toys for Tya

This 3100 Is a Definite Obsession

Phil Gordon
Jul 17, 2019
The truck culture is generally geared toward bearded men who bear a resemblance to rugged lumberjacks with the knowledge of used car salesmen. When you hear about a truck owned by a woman, some may wonder about the extent of her involvement in the build but still admire the progress. When you find out the truck is a classic '48 Chevy pickup, you start asking even more questions. One of the first questions you ask is: How did a young lady like Tya Antrim come to possess such a classic Chevy?
Her father purchased the Chevy before Tya was born, but after her birth it was left to rot away in the yard. Of course, the memories were preserved thanks to pictures of her sitting inside the truck with her brother. As the years went by, Tya constantly asked about the dilapidated truck sitting in the family yard. Tya tells Truckin, "My father just wouldn't budge." He wanted to keep the truck for the day he decided to finish the build himself, but he finally agreed to pass it down.
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The truck was in absolute awful condition and pretty much ready for the junkyard. The exterior "patina" had naturally set in and rodents and weeds had been eating and growing inside the cab. The engine hadn't been started in more than seven years and Tya knew this would be quite the challenge. With her fianc AJ, Tya began by removing the bed floor that was beyond repair and tossed it. The bed, cab steps, grille, front bumper, and front fenders were removed from the frame. The original frame was completely discarded and replaced with a Chevy S-10 frame that had to be stretched to fit.
The triangulated four-link was installed along with the air management system to raise and lower the new frame. The interior was next on the list, with Tya and AJ ripping out the old seats and gutting the cabin. The firewall was cut off and sheetmetal was bent with a brake press to match the bend toward the bottom of the cab. The dashboard was painted Plum Crazy purple, Tya's favorite color. Tya purchased a 5.3L LS motor for its power and reliability and backed it with a 4l80e transmission.
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She wanted to maintain the stock patina look the truck had throughout her childhood to add some nostalgia to the build, but everything around the patina was brought to life, including the grille, headlights, taillights, emblems, badges, wheels, and tires. Tya herself sanded and stained the new wood for the bed floor and installed it with stainless bed strips. Not loving the rear bumper, she added a roll pan for a cleaner look. Since the completion, Tya and her fianc , AJ, have dedicated their time to building trucks and started Lowdown Fabworks in Rogers, Arkansas.
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Tya wishes to express a great deal of gratitude to her father, Dennis, for finally allowing her childhood truck to become her "toy." She has sacrificed her time and the money needed to have a fairytale wedding to build her custom Chevy. Having a fianc who understands and shares the same passion and addiction to trucks always helps. She wants to thank Richard Bruner and her Definite Obsession extended family for standing by her while she played with her toys.
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Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1948 Chevy 3100
Owner and City/State: Tya Antrim; Rogers, Arkansas
Club Affiliation: Definite Obsession
Front Suspension: Tubular upper and lower Chevy S-10 arms, Air Lift Dominator 2600 air bags, 3/8-inch drop spindles
Rear Suspension: Triangulated four-link, bag over axle, Air Lift Dominator 2600 air bags, dual Viair 480 compressors, 5-gallon air tank, SMC valves, AVS 7-switch box
Engine: 5.3L LS swap, cold-air intake, polished aluminum foil pack covers, chrome shorty headers, electric fans, custom tune, painted upper cover to match interior, Spectre air filter, Moog steering components, Summit exhaust system
Transmission: Built 4l80e
Rearend: Blazer rearend
Body/Paint: Stock floor body drop, natural Patina, all-new wood bed floor, stainless bed strips, roll pan, chrome refinished, Goodmark smooth chrome side mirrors, emblem painted, Chevy '55-to-'59 stainless steel taillights, flush pop-up gas cap, relocated gas tank from S-10
Interior: '93 GMC Sierra bench seat, custom headliner and door panels by Boondock Customs, Dakota Digital gauges, single-pod Dakota Digital air management gauge, under-dash Vintage Air system, billet column with billet half-wrapped steering wheel, painted dash
Stereo: RetroSound classic-look head unit, LMC components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x8, 20x10; Riddler 695
Tires: 235/45R18, 245/45R20; Goodyear
Special Thanks From Owner: My fianc , AJ Going; Lowdown Fabworks; my father, Dennis, and mother, Wendy; my Definite Obsession friends who have become my family over the past 12 years and kept me motivated; Casey Lumley at Boonedock Kustoms; and Kevin Hensley at Hensley's Transmissions