What do you do when your daily driven 1970 Nova race car becomes too costly to drive to work every day? You buy a more economical daily driver to share the garage, right? That was Rich Childers’ intention when he first purchased this 1975 Chevy truck.
Not content to leave things well enough alone, Childers lowered the truck three inches and continued driving it daily. He eventually got so invested in the truck he sold the Nova. The truck then went through a few different sets of wheels and tires, finally settling on 18″x7″ front and 20″x9.5″ rear Colorado Custom Lazer wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport SP9000 tires riding on an air suspension setup.
That was just the beginning. Childers moved on to modify the body, filling the stake pockets, shaving trim and emblems, and dropping it off with his friend Harry Hennis for custom paint. Hennis laid down the pearl blue base with aggressive orange-pearl flames.
This Chevy truck is not all show though – remember Childers is a racer. Richard Midyette, engine builder for the Grave Digger monster truck team built a bad Procharged Chevy small block putting down a dyno-proven 512 horsepower and over 500 ft.lb. of torque. An overdriven 700R4 transmission turning 3.42 gears in a 12 bolt rear keeps the beast streetable.
The truck is as pretty on the inside as it is out, with custom door panels, arm rests, console, and speaker boxes made by Childers himself. He also stuffed the dash full of Autometer gauges to monitor the small block, and had any unpainted surface covered in gray leather by Will’s Auto Upholstery.
Most projects don’t end up exactly the way we intend them to in the beginning. Some, like Rich Childers’ 1975 Chevy truck end up better.