Busted Knuckles - 1950 Hot Rod-Style Chevy Five Window
The fourth generation of the Chevy pickup is a favorite among many truck enthusiasts. The fat fenders, bold grille, and classic, five-window design lead you back to a generation that once was. Because of these reasons, they are becoming even more popular with custom truck builders who want a solid hot-rod foundation. Jorge Ledon of Miami, Florida, bought this classic Chevy in the summer of 2007. Since then he has been painstakingly disassembling the truck down to the last bolt and rebuilding it. He is currently in the process of getting the body ready to bolt onto the immaculate frame that he has built. Hoping to have to truck ready by SEMA, Jorge is about half way there and not looking back.
After bringing the truck to his shop, Jorge began by removing the body from the old chassis, and building a brand-new frame to be able to accept the custom suspension. Once the frame was powdercoated dark charcoal with aluminum flake, the suspension was bolted on. Starting with Corvette C4 spindles, Jorge then installed a set of AFCO coilovers, and a sway bar up front. In the rear, a C4 rearend was bolted into place with a matching pair of coilovers to dampen the ride, while a sway bar was used to eliminate body roll. For added show points, many of the suspension components were polished to a mirror finish and a set of Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers were bolted to the suspension to bring the whole rig to a quick halt. Finally, to get the chassis up off the ground, a set of 20x8.5-inch and 20x12-inch Axiom wheels were wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires sized 245/30R20 and 325/25R20, respectively. With the frame complete, Jorge could move on to the engine.
A frame this detailed needed an engine to put between the framerails that would be equally impressive. The engine that he decided on was an LS2 out of a Pontiac GTO. After dropping in the engine, a billet pulley system was bolted on and a pair of custom-painted coil covers was secured to the top of the engine. For exhaling, a set of JBA ceramic-coated shorty headers were used to direct the hot gasses to a one-off 3-inch exhaust that consists of two Magnaflow mufflers. The power from the engine makes its way to the Corvette rearend via a Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission and a custom-built, polished driveshaft. In order to quench the thirst of the LS2, a fuel cell was installed between the rear framerails.
Now that the chassis and drivetrain are finished, the body, which is already painted, can be mated to the frame. For the interior, Jorge is going to go with a simple, hot rod–style with leather bucket seats and a custom center console. Jorge still has a lot of work ahead of him, but so far, it looks like this truck will break the mold for custom classics. Jorge wanted to thank all the guys that worked on the truck and made it possible. Keep an eye out for the full feature of this truck right here in Truckin' magazine.