Keeping It Old School With Tom Booth’s 1947 Chevy Panel Kustom

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Strolling around the lot at the 1st Annual United Pacific Car Show, we found ourselves wowed over the detail in some of these customs. Owner Tom Booth had it posted for sale, but we don’t see why he wants to part ways with it.

This ’47 Panel, owned by Southern California local Tom Booth, has kustom written all over it with its modified front bumper, shaved door handles, and unique pin striping by famed hot rod painter Dennis Ricklefs. The sweet five spoke wheels were custom made by Colorado Custom, which complement the pearl yellow paint.

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The front bumper is unique in that it is half-chrome, half-painted, giving the front a flat fascia like a taxi cab. Under the hood of the ’47 Panel is a NASCAR Chevy V8, which is rated at 700 hp.

Mated with the beefy engine is a six-speed manual transmission that hits the floor, and a 9-inch rearend to help keep the kustom under control. Heading inside the truck, we are treated to a bright and lively interior.

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The two-tone brown upholstery was completed by Ron Mangus. The Colorado Custom steering wheel brings continuity with the set of same brand wheels on the outside and the telemetry adds a vintage aesthetic to the truck.

What do you think of this Chevy Panel Truck? Would you have done it any different? Be sure to check out to tune in as we will be showcasing more cars from the inaugural United Pacific Car Show.

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About the author

nicaguon

Nic Aguon is a graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communications and holds a passion for sleek and unique automobiles. Serving as a Staff Writer for multiple publications at Power Automedia, Nic pledges to bring readers clean and concise storytelling that hits the nail right on the head. A jack of all trades, his interests range from imports to American muscle, hot rods, and Kustoms.
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