In this latest installment of the NAPCO Clone build, Brent is working on a cool shifter setup where he’s using a factory manual column shifter and some ingenuity to make it shift the late model transmission. There’s more stuff going on too, as this truck gets closer and closer to being a real running and driving rig. If you have missed any of the previous installments on this build, use the link below!
NAPCO was a company that built 4-wheel drive conversion parts for domestic trucks and was founded in 1918. Although they made parts for Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and Studebaker trucks, they are most well known for building parts for Chevrolet and GMC trucks. Starting in 1942 they offered full conversion kits that you could buy and have delivered so that you, or your local dealer, could do the conversion. In 1956 GM actually offered NAPCO conversion from the factory so you could order it and pick one up at your dealership. They are fairly rare to find now as many lived rough lives, but lots of folks want them. One such person is Brent from Halfass Kustoms who doesn’t care about having a real one, just something that looks like one but works better. Here’s what he’s going to do.
He’s got a 1955 Chevrolet pickup that he is going to swap to a fleetside bed, swap it onto another chassis, and then make it into a nice driver that has the right look and feel. It’s not that Brent doesn’t already have good trucks, but none of them are a handy single cab and that means this one is going to fit the bill and be useful.
Part 13 of our 1955 Chevy Napco build, we get the driveshaft done and installed work on the steering column and add an automatic shifter to the steering column. Then we test to see if it drives.