The Most Awesome Truck At SEMA: Hot Rod Jim's Project PT-57

Hot Rod Jim's PT-57

Hot Rod Jim’s Project PT-57 is the most awesome pickup truck that you’ll see at SEMA. It’s a 1957 Chevy pickup project vehicle inspired by a World War II Curtiss P-40 fighter plane.

Here are the amazing details.

The exterior features a P-40 Warhawk face, air brushed steel plates and rivets and army style logos and warnings. The crosshair grille is custom. Side pipes feature machine gun style heat shields with a waste gate dump and caution logo. Exhaust pipes in the hood are fully functional.

Hot Rod Jim's PT-57

Underneath, Hot Rod Jim created a custom chassis based on the Chevrolet Corvette C6 platform. The suspension has been cribbed from both the C5 and C6 Vettes, including the dual front and rear A-arms. The PT-57's brakes are off a C6 Z06 Corvette, as are its wheels.

The powertrain is a 6.0-liter V-8 from a Heavy Duty Chevy pickup, with twin turbos, a custom spec camshaft, Τhunder Racing Cr-Mo-Alloy pushrods, Patriot dual extreme valve springs and titanium retainers. It’s paired with a Borg Warner T56 transmission.

Inside, there are 5-point racing harness seats, a smoothed dash, custom gauges, vintage HVAC controls, a center console and cupholders!

Hot Rod Jim, you, sir, are an American hero.


pretty nice looking truck

ya i saw an s10 in lockhart that people said jim took his idea from. but the s10 had actual rivits and the mouth wasnt upside down like jims

I have seen the S10 too, and it is a cool project truck. The idea started when one of the guys thought the truck looked like it had a big open mouth. There have been a lot of projects built on the same concept.

Even a Smart Car:

Scroll down there are a few on this page:

Some are done quite nicely too:

The concept of the flying tiger will continue to inspire people for generations to come.

Bad A**. I love it. Reminds me of the old missiles strapped to fighter planes way back when. Awesome.

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