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1952 Chevy Pickup - Rolling Thunder

Blown, Black, And Bad!

Bob Ryder
Jun 1, 2009
Photographers: Bob Ryder
Photo 2/12   |   1952 Chevy Pickup right Side Angle
This fat-fendered '52 Chevy possesses the complete package: style, beauty, and power. Dave Harrington, from Garrettsville, Ohio, pulled out all the stops when he decided to go ahead and build this black boulevard prowler. The '52 reflects an intimidating presence and ground trembling vibrations, whether idling or screaming at full-throttle from the blown 980hp Arias engine.
Beginning with a new '52 Chevy pickup frame, Tim Blevins from Medina, Ohio, boxed the framerails and added triangulated supports creating additional strength and rigidity to the frame. The front suspension consists of a Scott's air ride system and shocks that allows the front fenders to ground out. A Scott's power steering rack makes for effortless left and right turns. A pair of Wilwood brakes with 14-inch rotors and dual-piston calipers are responsible for decelerating the front rotating mass of the American Racing polished aluminum Torque Thrust II 15x7-inch wheels and 26x7.50x15 Mickey Thompson tires. The Ford 9-inch rearend was suspended by a Chassis Engineering four-link system and Panhard bar with a pair of QA1 coilover adjustable shocks. The rear American Racing 15x15-inch wheels are wrapped in massive 33x16.50x15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman rubber. The huge Mickey Thompson meats are stopped with a pair of Stainless Steel disc brakes.
The old skool, Hilborn bug catcher peering out of the hood is a hint there is something stout lurking underneath. An Arias 540ci cast iron Chevy block with a pair of trick aluminum Arias Hemi cylinder heads develops both incredible torque and power. The Arias engine was fitted with a Littlefield 8-71 supercharger and a Hilborn EFI system. An all-MSD electronic ignition system, coil, distributor, and ignition wires supply the required electrical charge to ignite and provide continuous electrical current to the spark plugs. Stainless Works supplied a pair of 21/2-inch diameter stainless steel "Zoomie" headers that produce the neck snapping torque, power, and unique cackling thunder. The mighty Arias engine backs up to a GM 400 that has been upgraded and hooked up to a B&M 3,500-rpm stall torque converter. An Optima battery was located underneath the rear fender.
Tim Blevins accomplished the creative bodywork. The profile was altered by lowering the cab's roof line four inches and the hood was pie-cut 11/2 inches in the front to achieve the sloped nose. Due to the four-inch chop of the roof, it laid the windshield A-pillar back 12-degrees. A Bitchin' Products smoothed firewall was fused into the cab, along with a Bitchin' Products floorpan. To continue the smooth look, Tim shaved, filled, and smoothed the door handles. A pair of frenched Hagen crystalline headlights flanked the blackened grille. The taillights were borrowed from a '39 Ford pickup. A 15-gallon Summit Racing fuel cell was located in between the framerails behind the Ford 9-inch rearend. The bed features a pair of unique wheel tubs. Tim used a pair of '52 Chevy pickup rear fenders that were cut just above the wheel openings, then laid flat in the bed-very cool. A chromed Mooneyes fuel tank was mounted in front of the black grille to be used as a radiator overflow tank. After the '52's skin was massaged, smoothed and prepped, it was sprayed with PPG Black with a tint of PPG Dark Green for depth. A serious cut, buff and polish session created a deep black that reflects everything from miles away.
Dave told us he didn't even bother installing a sound system due to the fact you couldn't hear it. The only tunes Dave wants to listen is the thunderous cackling of his 980 hp.
Opening the doors reveals a custom red-leather bench seat, door panels, and cab rear panel. The stock painted dash was filled with Classic Engineering white-face gauges. The Flaming River steering column is capped with a Flaming River black leather wrapped steering wheel. A layer of Hush Mat sound deadening material was laid down before the red carpet and floor mounted billet aluminum B&M pistol grip ratchet shifter. This allows Dave to make those precise on-the-fly gear changes. The LoKar billet aluminum pedal assembly controls the '52's whoa and go. No doubt this is a fun ride to cruise up and down the boulevard in!



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