[VIDEO] Legacy Hand-Builds Ridiculous Late-'50s Chevy Napco 4x4 Trucks

Ultra-premium truck restorer with history re-imagining pre-1970 Dodge Power Wagons turns its attention to converting 1955-to-1959 Chevrolet pickup trucks with the Napco 4x4 kit into howling showpieces

Legacy Classic Trucks is best-known for highly custom restorations of the classic 1946-to-1968 Dodge Power Wagon. The company's latest creation is a tribute to the original Chevy/GMC 1/2-ton 4x4. From 1955 to 1959, 2WD 3100-series pickups could be retrofit with a 4x4 system from Napco. The kit came in a crate: front axle, divorced transfer case, driveshafts and shifter/linkage. The conversion could be done in a few hours, and NAPCO used several factory GM parts, such as brakes, so that dealers could easily service these trucks.

Original Napco-converted Chevy/GMC trucks are some of the most collectible classic pickups. Most classic Chevy trucks that are revived either get a factory-style restoration or are slammed for the streets. Legacy Classic Trucks decided to take a different approach. The Legacy Chevy Napco 4x4 Conversion pays homage to the original by raising the profile.

Premium components include Dynatrac axles, Warn hubs, Trailready beadlocks, Toyo Open Country R/T tires, a choice of GM crate engines, the Advance Adapters Atlas transfer case, Classic Instruments gauges and Horween leather upholstery. “We’re excited to revive interest in the Chevy Napco, which I think is one of the greatest trucks of all time,” says Legacy Classic Trucks founder Winslow Bent. “The Legacy Chevy Napco Conversion combines the personality of the original Napco with modern performance and handling."

List price: $135,000