Raybestos 1953 Chevy Pickup

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Raybestos 1953 Chevy Pickup

We were honored to have been awarded our THIRD Raybestos build Give-a-way car, except this time it’s a 1953 Chevy 3600 pickup truck! We started off with a running driving 1953 pickup truck, but we completely transformed this into something that show car guys and autocrossers can both appreciate. 

Frame & Suspension

  • Schwartz Performance bolt-in G-Machine chassis with optional center bracing
  • Ridetech single-adjustable coilovers
  • Unisteer/Maval power steering rack
  • Raybestos front & rear brake system- 14” Advanced Technology rotors, 4-piston HD calipers, and Raybestos Truck brake pads


  • 2017 Gen V LT-based L83 5.3L engine
  • Chevrolet Performance LT1 harness & ECU, custom tuned by Late Model Throttle
  • Dirty Dingo custom front serpentine drive system w/Maval power steering pump & Sanden AC compressor
  • Modified LS7 Z28 exhaust manifolds to fit LT heads
  • Custom 2.5" stainless steel exhaust, mandrel bent & TIG welded, with Magnaflow mufflers & SLP resonators


  • T56 Magnum 6-speed, clutch kit & slave cylinder, by American Powertrain
  • Custom steel driveshaft
  • Moser steel 9" rear end housing w/Torino bearing ends
  • Moser 31 spline axles
  • Moser 9” third member, 31 spline axles, TrueTrac differential, 3.70 gear

Wheels & Tires

  • Forgeline ML3C 3-piece Forged wheels, 18x9 front, 18x12 rear, finished in transparent smoke with a polished lip
  • BFG Rival S tires, 275/35/18 front, 335/30/18 rear

Paint and Body

  • Original cab, minor rust repair by Schwartz Performance
  • New sheet metal & trim components by Dynacorn International
  • PPG primer & paint materials
  • Color: Light Toreador Metallic, material by PPG & The Color Shoppe
  • Bodywork & paint by Schwartz Performance


  • TMI Products full interior kit: Bench seat, carpet, door panels, and 2pc headliner
  • HushMat sound deadener applied throughout entire cab
  • Flaming River steering column, Waterfall steering wheel & billet hub adapter
  • SeatBeltPlanet.com retractable 2-point seat belts
  • CRUNCH Audio 8" subwoofer, 4-channel 1400w amp, and 5.25 / 6.5 inch 3-way speakers

Other Features

  • Bolt-in BeCool aluminum radiator w/electric fan
  • Dakota Digital HDX gauges- custom with Raybestos & Schwartz Performance logos
  • Vintage Air Mini A/C system & vents
  • Rock Valley stainless fuel tank with internal LT1 Camaro EFI pump
  • Optima YellowTop battery
  • MechanixWear gloves to get the job done


Arrival of this running and driving 1953 Chevy

Disassembly gallery

Sheet metal fabrication gallery

Exhaust fabrication gallery

Pre-paint assembly gallery

Final bodywork and primer gallery

Paint, wet sand & buff gallery

Interior gallery

Final assembly gallery

Completed gallery

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