Living the Dream – Mr. Scrape’s Proof-of-Concept Project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”You know Mr. Scrape. Maybe not personally—the chances that you’ve been to Sumter, South Carolina, aren’t fantastic—but you have seen their work before. That’s because Mr. Scrape has been putting trucks in magazines for years now, so odds are that you’ve heard the name. And with a name like Mr. Scrape, you know they put things on the ground.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20regular%3A600%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Thing is, when you’ve been doing things the same way for a long time, it’s easy to feel pigeonholed. You don’t want to find yourself in a rut that you can’t escape. With that in mind, Mike Lee, the boss at Mr. Scrape, decided that it was time to branch out and build something different. That’s where this ’51 comes in.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2147″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”The 1947-55 first series AD trucks are a pretty classic example of a pickup. They’re as American as apple pie, and if you ask anyone to draw a hot rod truck, they’d probably sketch out something that has fat fenders and a step-side bed. After finding a ’51 in great shape, they could’ve just torn into it and laid it out on big rollers, like they have many times before. But this time around they decided to go clean and simple, doing something more akin to a best of show winner at Goodguys, rather than something that would enter a dragging contest at a mini-truck show.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2145″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2139″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Which brings us to the vehicle itself. The entire thing is sprayed hot rod red and accented with tan. That particular shade is called “Autumn,” and the idea was to match the leather on the interior and bring it into the engine bay and behind the grille. This way, there would be a consistent tan/red combo throughout, and it would still be something different, because nobody ever matches their seats to their engine. It also gives the truck a nice two-tone quality, where—with the exception of chrome and aluminum—two colors dominate the truck both inside and out.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Speaking of the inside, it’s definitely a work of art. The seats—originally found in a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe—were wrapped in leather, as were the headliner, dash, door panels and center console. For those familiar with these trucks, you know what a huge feat that is: The dashboards were painted from the factory, and not easy to remove. Wrapping it couldn’t have been fun, but it looks great. The console is also custom and holds two strips of LED lights that flank the sides and run up toward the back of the seat. This is one of those things that could look overdone, but here it’s not only tasteful, it adds a bit of class to the entire operation. In fact, everything inside the cab is done with that same shade of Autumn. When paired with the rest of the painted shell, everything comes together to create a clean look.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2152″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”2153″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2140″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_custom_heading text=”Underneath all of that red and tan is a suspension that shares a lot of concepts with Mr. Scrape’s mini-trucking background. Ridetech components run throughout, with Shockwaves handling the ride quality, while an AccuAir e-Level kit manages the ups and downs. The end result is a truck that tucks the 18- and 20-inch Raceline wheels nicely, but doesn’t carve the rockers into the asphalt like many minis. Again, it’s about the hot rod scene and making something that would appeal to that crowd, and it worked.

In fact, it worked so well that eventually the truck wouldn’t be just a shop truck anymore, it would go to a new owner in Missouri. Just a few months ago, the ’51 was sold and loaded on a trailer headed toward its new home. As a proof of concept, the Mr. Scrape team certainly demonstrated that they’re able to create a hot rodder’s dream, and now they get to do it on a regular basis with their new client base.

Building hot rods and dragging trucks on the regular? Now that’s living the dream.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:15|text_align:left|color:%23353535|line_height:2″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2144″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2148″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2146″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2142″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_custom_heading text=”Build Specs:” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20italic%3A600%3Aitalic” css_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Owner: Mr. Scrape (Mike Lee)
Truck: 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Location: Sumter, SC” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Engine
Shop: Mr. Scrape (Mike Lee), Sumter, SC
Chevrolet 350-ci V-8
Engine painted to match interior
Turbo 350 transmission[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Body & Paint
Shop: Mr. Scrape (Mike Lee), Sumter, SC
Painted rear slats
Area behind the grille is painted the same color as the engine, which matches the interior
Customer wheel well tubs to hide AC and wiring
Shaved firewall[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Wheels & Tires
18×9 and 20×10 Raceline Fugitive wheels
255/35 18 and 255/35 20 Toyo tires[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Chassis & Suspension
Shop: Mr. Scrape (Mike Lee), Sumter, SC
’70s Chevrolet Camaro front clip
Triangulated 4-link
Fuel cell
RideTech air suspension
Tubular upper and lower control arms
RideTech Shockwaves front and rear
Battery relocated to under the cab floor
AccuAir e-Level
5-gallon air tank[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Interior & Stereo
Shop: Mr. Scrape (Mike Lee), Sumter, SC
Autumn-colored, leather-wrapped dash, headliner, door panels and seats
Custom door panels and armrests
Custom center console
Custom lower dash panels to hide the wiring
Custom headliner
Custom overhead console
Handmade sill plates
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe front seats
Billet steering wheel
Katzkin leather kit
LED lighting
Classic Instruments gauges
Alpine head unit
Memphis Audio 6.5-inch speakers
Custom fiberglass kick panels
Memphis Audio 6×9 speakers behind the seats[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Special Thanks From the Owner: “Ricky, Dan and Author at Hair’s Automotive; Derek at AccuAir; Josh at RideTech and Brandon Burrell for always making our rides come to life behind a camera.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]