This legend 1957 Chevy Pickup was built by King’s Custom.
PART 1 of the 1957 Chevy Pickup
Clarence Davidson and Johan Scholtz from King’s Customs in Benoni have been making waves in the car building industry this year. They were approached by the guys from Amka Products with regards to building this year’s Legends custom car. The requirements were simple – they wanted it black, low to the ground and badass. Clarence has always wanted to build a coppered out 1957 Chevy Pickup and this was the opportunity to do so. A client was selling his running 1957 Chevy Pickup.
The truck was not in a bad condition and already had a Jag suspension in the front and a massive 454 Big block sitting in the front. It became the perfect project as a starting point. The Pickup came into the shop and was stripped down to almost nothing. The body panels contained a massive amount of body putty and therefore had to be sent for sandblasting.
Once the body was clean it was sent to N&S Auto Body who did all the fabrication – cutting out all of the rust and getting the cab, nose, bin and fenders back into shape. Now that the body was out of the shop being sorted out, it meant that the guys at King’s could focus on the chassis.
As we previously mentioned, the Chevy already had a Jag Xj6 suspension however, it was running way too high. So they stepped the frame on the front and back by 120mm. The rear got a four-link setup with the 120 frame step giving the rear a total of 200mm drop, along with a set of custom coil-over springs in the front and on the back.
They also replaced the front and rear discs and callipers with a set from a 2017 BMW. Clarence was lucky to get a set of 22-inch wheels with the truck when they purchased it. The wheels were also sent in to be painted black and then wrapped in 265/35/22 in the front and 285/35/22 at the back.
The truck came with a 700 Horsepower Chevy 454 Big block motor. This would have become complete overkill for this project and not to mention dangerous. This power output would be very difficult for most drivers to handle. The Big block was replaced with a Chevy 350 Gen II with a 400-turbo gearbox that Clarence bought from a private seller, Johan Scholtz is King’s Customs motor and “anything technical” guru. The 350 Chevy motor and gearbox were stripped down and received a full service before it was painted and installed back onto the chassis.
Their end goal was to have all the chrome on the car replaced with copper and therefore, all the chrome parts were sent to Anderbolt Electroplating. Where the parts were de-chromed and then coppered. Anderbolt then gave all the parts two coats of clear. The original seat was sent to Benoni Upholsterers for a new cover of leather. With all the pieces coming together, the project was heading to assembly. In next month’s edition, we will show you the end result of the Legend Copper ’57 as well as reveal the winner of this amazing truck.
Previously, we spoke about the Legend promotion, a 1957 Chevy Apache. The truck was built by the guys from King’s Customs Garage and the final result exceeded all of their expectations. Clarence Davidson and Johan Scholtz from King’s Customs in Benoni have been making waves in the car building industry this year and were approached by the guys from Amka Products with regards to building this year’s Legends custom car. The requirements were simple they wanted it black, low to the ground and badass.
Clarence has always wanted to build a coppered out 1957 Chevy Pickup and this was the opportunity to do so. I have always had a passion for building Classics, and when Amka approached me to build them a classic pickup, I built the pickup of my dreams. In the last article, we covered the build of the suspension along with the bodywork that was done by N&S Auto Body, Benoni and all the Chrome that was redone in Bronds by Anderbolt Electro Plating. We left off where the truck was ready for assembly.
For the interior, they wanted to go for something classic. Benoni Upholsterers did the leather bench seat and the carpets and the rest were done by the guys from King’s Customs. Digital gauges and steering wheel were imported through Jayce’s Classic Spares. All the original glass was used, and the scratches were polished out by Steward from scratch removal. For the fuel tank, they wanted to do something different. The guys got creative and used a cylindrical copper tank with a mechanical fuel gauge on the tank and leather belts holding the tank down, leather straps done by the master Dion Korkie.
Article by: Joe van Zyl
Photos by: Jan van der Walt