If trucks could talk, Blair Taylor of Taylor’d Customs‘ 1957 Chevrolet 3200 would have one Hell of a story to tell. This hauler has been transformed from a once peaceful farmer’s truck to a one of a kind pan scraping rust-o-rod in less than 30 days!It ain’t easy to take a ride built in an era where leaf springs reigned supreme and bring it to 21st century lows, especially when you’re strained on time.Keeping the original character of this once mighty lifter was simple to do. As you can see, rust never goes out of style.The tricky part was getting rid of the old suspension and retrofitting a Heidts Mustang II front end with custom lower control arms and custom triangulated square-bar four-link suspension on her.A freshly rebuilt 350 motor with a 1957 3-speed standard transmission, 2-piece driveshaft and stainless gas tank give this Chevy pickup the go needed to get her around town in style.Finding replacement parts for a truck older than most of our readers proved to be tricky. Blair therefore grabbed whatever he had lying around to get her looking good, which included a front seat from a 1961 Impala. That’s pretty good improvisation.
20″ Chip Foose brand Nitrous SE wheels tuck neatly inside hollowed out fenders providing the extra bit of vintage styled flair to this truly unique machine.The meat and potatoes of Blair’s 3200 is what he’s got hidden in the now chopped bed. A clearly visible custom frame with 8″ c-notch that has space for a lifted transmission crossmember was made and painted in no time flat.Fueled by dual ViAir 444c compressors, the trifecta of tanks store enough air to blast a small craft into space. Four slam bags get handled by a AVS 7-switch switchbox connected to an AccuAir VU-4 manifold to provide the needed lift to get her going.Staying true to his roots, this Pickering, Ontario native has brought new life to a truck that might have otherwise been destined for a scrap heap. We can only guess as to what Blair Tayler’s got up his sleeve next, but after taking a look at this ride we know it’ll be killer!
Big thanks go out to Kristina Doyle for snapping these pictures and to Blair’s dad Brian for helping with the build.