Published on 11/12/2018

One Sinister ’56: Premier Street Rods’ Award-winning Chevy Pickup

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DAN HODGDON

PHOTOS:

ANDREW LARSON

For Ross Logsdon of Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu, Arizona, “Chevy runs deep.” The young builder says he grew up in a garage and knew he was a Chevrolet guy from his time playing with toy cars as a kid. When he finally was able to buy his own vehicles, all he wanted to do was make them better.

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DAN HODGDON

PHOTOS:

ANDREW LARSON

One Sinister ’56: Premier Street Rods’ Award-winning Chevy Pickup

For Ross Logsdon of Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu, Arizona, “Chevy runs deep.” The young builder says he grew up in a garage and knew he was a Chevrolet guy from his time playing with toy cars as a kid. When he finally was able to buy his own vehicles, all he wanted to do was make them better.

To that end, Logsdon reached a pinnacle of his chosen profession when his 1956 Chevy 3100 truck, known as the “Sinister ’56,” received a coveted Chevy SEMA Design Award for Truck of the Year at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“Getting that truck of the year award was, first of all, an honor, words can’t even express the feeling,” Logsdon said at the E-Stopp Brake booth where the truck was displayed. “It is a mind-blowing, unexpected, awesome privilege.”

Logsdon’s 1956 Chevy is not an original OEM body, but rather a brand new truck that was built entirely from the ground up over the span of 10 months in his shop using a chassis by GSI Machine & Fabrication. It is painted Porsche Slate Gray from PPG Industries and all of the accent pieces including the bumpers, headlights, door handles, mirrors and all trim pieces are custom fit to provide added character. Further adding to the truck’s eye candy are Billet Specialties Concave Series Wheels (20 x 8.5 front and 20 x12 rear) along with Nitto INVO tires (245/40Z420 front and 315/35Z420 rear).

“Getting that truck of the year award was, first of all, an honor, words can’t even express the feeling."

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Under the hood lies a Chevrolet Performance LSX 376 crate engine designed to support added boost. Logsdon then installed a front drive system from Eddie Motorsports and added twin turbos for a truly unique build. It is backed up by a 4L75-E transmission.

“One reason that we really prefer going crate engine rather than your typical junkyard, engine builder, backyard, buddy or whoever it might be is one: the [manufacturer’s limited] warranty*,” Logsdon explained. “Two: reliability. You plug it in, turn the key and the thing runs ... it’s hard to beat it.”

He has yet to put the truck on the dyno, but is confident its horsepower and torque numbers will be stout.

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Logsdon is proud of his truck not just for its looks, reliability and power, but also because it is truly designed for the street.

“Everything we build, we build to drive,” he said. “It’s not just a show pony, we built this truck to drive and perform and actually do what it’s supposed to do.”

Logsdon plans to hit a few local shows with the truck in 2019, along with several events on the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association circuit. Although he and his colleagues are self-described “truck guys,” they are considering building a car for SEMA next year.

Premier Hot Rods is involved in nearly every aspect of the hot rod industry from running a parts business (including manufacturing new GM-licensed steel body 1947-1959 Chevrolet truck cabs) to a full fab shop, and providing paint and body work along with turnkey restorations. All of the interiors, including the one in the ‘56 Chevy, are subbed out to Ron Mangus Interiors in Southern California.

“Everything we build, we build to drive. It’s not just a show pony, we built this truck to drive and perform and actually do what it’s supposed to do.”

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“I love going to work every morning, I love to see what the next thing is going to be,” Logsdon said. “Trying to push and raise the bar every time, it’s fun. There are [also] a lot of headaches and stresses, days where you just want to pull your hair out, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”


*Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines include a 24-month or 50,000-mile/80,000-kilometer limited warranty, whichever comes first. See your GM dealer for details.

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