The MagnaFlow Revolver December 23, 2013
What started life as a plain old 1949 Chevy 3100 became one of the wildest classic truck builds around thanks to Magnaflow and Chip Foose. The truck they came up with is the amazing Revolver truck; a truck that can change mufflers on the fly. When you see an exhaust system or muffler it may give a rundown of how it sounds, but until you hear it yourself against other styles how do you really know what it sounds like? This was the question that was poised to Richard Waitas of MagnaFlow. After some sketching and thinking he came up with the original idea of the Revolver and its interchangeable exhaust system. After working with famous car designer Chip Foose the final look and feel of the truck came to life. The final design was brought to the guys at CW Restoration Shop in Huntington Beach, CA to be built into what we see today as the beautiful 1949 Chevy 3100 Revolver. The Build Before getting into the wild rotating muffler setup, there’s more to this truck than meets the eye. First, the engine and transmission were completely replaced with a General Motors 6.2L E-Rod motor and an Art Carr California Performance 4L65E Transmission. The upgraded motor is rated at 430HP and 424 lb.-ft. of torque. All that extra power is slowed down thanks to a complete set of Wilwood brakes including upgraded pads, 14-inch slotted and drilled rotors, and braided lines. Outside of those brakes are custom Foose wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. Other than the muffler setup, the body of this truck is the most standout feature of the build. Completely refreshed and reworked by the guys at CW Restoration, it screams custom and class all in one. Nearly everything in this truck has been replaced, including the brand-new TCI Engineering 47-53 Chevy Pickup chassis with independent front suspension, coil-overs, and four-link suspension in the rear. Speaking of the rear, a Currie Enterprises 9-inch rear end completes the powertrain from above with a True Trac differential and 3.70 gears. All body modifications were made by CW Restorations and after seeing this truck, there’s not a better shop for the job. The bed was permanently attached in the up position with “Revolver” imprinted into the metal. The taillights are integrated into the bed with the look and feel of velocity stacks. Bed rails were all sanded and smoothed to give a much more soft feel to this part of the truck, as well as most of the other custom Classic Industries body panels. The interior was kept simple yet beautiful by building a custom center console to house controls for the truck’s systems as well as the Revolver controls. Bill Dunn provided bucket seats that are sans headrest so the truck is easier to see through when on display as well. All of the interior gauges were custom-built by Auto Meter and set into custom bezels. Unlike the original truck, this one has a custom sound system thanks to RetroSound. The Revolver All of these upgrades are great, but the real meat of this build is the muffler revolver built into the bed of the truck. An engineering break through, the muffler design was built so that a consumer could hear the difference between different mufflers on the exact same truck back-to-back. Built from eight different mufflers, the Revolver is controlled via switches in the center console and can move from one muffler to the next with the flip of a switch. The Revolver’s polished stainless finish offsets the Sioux Red paint job using BASF Glasurit paint. This line of paint gives the truck a candy look that is just prefect for all the smoothed out lines of the body. Wrap-Up The Revolver is a thing to behold. Showcased at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, MagnaFlow’s booth truck was definitely one of the most unique trucks on the floor and should turn a lot of heads at shows to come.