Frame off restored 1957 Chevrolet Suburban 3100 Napco four wheel drive. A very rare and unique vehicle with 283 V8 power, 4 speed manual transmission with granny gear. This very rare NAPCO Suburban received a comprehensive nut an bolt restoration with many pictures and receipts documenting the restoration process. Highly optioned with V8, 4 speed, heater, radio, turn signals, three row buckskin seating, rear barn doors, locking hubs for highway use and all new exterior chrome for a show truck appearance. This American Dream Machine is riding high on correct new Firestone Super Traxion tires on painted factory steel wheels and finished off with chrome caps and trim rings.
- The restoration pictures show new metal professionally installed before being meticulously primed, blocked and painted a beautiful shade of Tahoe Blue
- Excellent panel fit and door gaps
- All new exterior chrome, trim and emblems
- New glass including the sliding side glass, windshield and quarter window glass
- New Firestone reproduction off road tires on correct painted steel wheels and finished off with chrome hubcaps and trim rings
- New, very nice, buckskin interior on the factory 3 rows of seating
- Rare flip fold passenger front seat for front easy entry
- New gauges and chrome bezel
- New chrome accessory knobs
- Beautifully painted dash with new correct NAPCO and 4 wheel drive operation tags
- New correct rubber mat throughout the truck
- New steering wheel with correct horn center
- Show quality engine compartment
- Smooth running 283 c.i. V8 engine
- 4 speed manual transmission
- Amazing frame off restoration with great attention to detail on the undercarriage
- New brake hardware and lines
- New shocks with rebuilt suspension using new hardware
"NAPCO (Northwestern Auto Parts Company) was a four-wheel drive automobile parts manufacturing company founded in 1918.
It was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States."
"During World War II, NAPCO helped the war effort by producing specialized mechanical parts and assemblies that were tested in war conditions.
As early as 1942 NAPCO began building four-wheel drive assemblies to be fitted to Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Studebaker vehicles however NAPCO is primarily associated with GMC and Chevrolet pickups. From 1942 to 1956 44 GMC and Chevrolet trucks could be ordered by the government and civilians with a NAPCO Power-Pak kit and the kit could be installed later. The retail price of Napco Power-Pak was $995. This option raised the price on a new two-wheel drive truck from $1,548.96 to $2,796.96. The kit was shipped in a crate measuring 80"x30"x26" weighing 1,410 pounds. In a matter of 3 hours with as little as 4 holes drilled in existing chassis a truck would be converted into a "Mountain Goat", a "full sized truck that will climb steep inclines with ease". One feature was the "shift on the fly" rubber mounted transfer case with a dual-range option.
There were companies that installed these upgrades for the previously mentioned manufacturers. Besides the four-wheel drive units NAPCO also provided winches, auxiliary transmissions, tandem drive axels, hydrovac systems, and dump truck bodies."
"From 1956 to 1959 the NAPCO Power-Pak option could be ordered directly from GM (an official RPT 690 was assigned in 1957) and factory installed on trucks with very few modifications to the original chassis. The 1955 44 NAPCO GMC or Chevrolet was a $1250.00 to $1550.00 optional add on. The 1957 Chevrolet and GMC 3100 44 price was a bargain at $2549.00 compared to the earlier add on kits. In 1960 NAPCO and GM parted ways when GM redesigned the front suspension on their 1960 pickup line so that it wasn't easily compatible with the existing Power-Pak kits.
Prior to 1955 NAPCO Power-Pak conversions were done on 3/4 and one ton GMC and Chevrolet chassis. The Pre-19551⁄2 ton chassis used an incompatible "torque tube" drive. In the fall of 1954 GMC and Chevrolet changed the 19551⁄2 ton pickup and Suburban models to the compatible Hotchkiss drive. Today these trucks are still considered to be very versatile and durable 60 years later and are considered to be collectible by NAPCO enthusiasts."American Dream MachinesAt American Dream Machines, we typically have over 100 quailty classic cars and trucks in stock and for sale. We have everything from Corvettes to Cadillacs, Camaros, Mustangs, Mopars, GTOs, Chevelles, Bel Airs, Blazers and exotic sports cars. Our classics and muscle cars range from the 1950s to the 1970s. Our inventory is diverse and continuously changing and always growing! Our #1 Goal is to make you, our customer happy with the American classic and muscle cars we offer. We highly recommend that ALL CUSTOMERS call our knowledgeable, experienced staff and with Midwest values and have very detailed discussions regarding overall condition of any of our classics that you are considering getting in the drivers seat of. Our phone number is (515)-245-9100 and we are centrally located in the heartland of America, in Des Moines Iowa. American Dream Machines occupies the historic 41,000 square foot Packard Dealership. We are one of the largest full service classic car dealerships in the Midwest. We have over 10 active Mechanic hoists, a body shop and detail bays that are used by our technicians to inspect, repair, upgrade and detail our cars so that they are ready to be delivered to your driveway. Please give us a call and we will be happy to help get your dream car to almost any location worldwide! ALL OF OUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS ARE REAL, ALL THE WAY AROUND! We photograph our cars in our professional photo studio for the best possible image accuracy and representation of the cars. We do this because of our commitment to the authenticity and quality of the cars we sell and commitment to our customers. We are very proud of the name
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