1951 Chevrolet Pickup - Copacetic

Everything is Just Right on This '51

Maxwell Matthewson
Jul 29, 2013
Photographers: Isaac Mion
From time to time, a truck is built that comes together so perfectly that it is almost a piece of art rather than a form of transportation. Like a Hollywood starlet, these trucks cause jaws to drop, hearts to race, and palms to sweat. Scott Anderson of Denver, Colorado, wanted a truck that made people stop in their tracks and he knew the exact shop to do the work. Cope Design, also in Denver, took Scott's 1951 Chevy pickup and transformed it into a rolling masterpiece.
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The first step in the build process was to scrap the factory frame. To replace this, a call was made to Roadster Shop and a full frame was ordered. The frame came with a Corvette C6 front clip and the guys at Cope added a set of Wilwood six-piston disc brakes to it. In the rear, a four-link with a Panhard bar offers a great ride, while another set of Wilwoods provide the stopping power. Enveloping the massive Wilwood brakes is an equally impressive set of Raceline Explosion 22x8½ and 22x12-inch wheels. Since the beautiful frame would be hidden by the cab, the guys wasted no time getting to work on the body.
Of the body panels, the only piece salvaged was the cab. After ordering all new panels, the long, tedious process began to make every piece laser-straight and line up perfectly. The goal was to paint the truck black with blue real-fire flames, and as any bodyman will tell you, black is the most unforgiving color, so mistakes weren't an option. In the bed, the team decided to take another set of bed fenders and cut them down to act as wheelwells. Finally, the painting could commence. The first coat to go down was the BASF Carizzma Black. Custom-mixed candy blue real-fire flames followed this up and the whole truck was sealed in with several coats of clear.
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Moving to the powerplant, Scott wanted to make a statement when the hood was popped. To accomplish this, a 502ci RamJet engine from GM was ordered. After mating the big-block with a Turbo 400 trans, it was dropped into the truck. A Hogan fuel injected intake manifold mixes fuel and cold air before directing it into the beast of an engine. A pair of Sanderson headers route the hot gasses away.
To cap off this insane build, the truck went to Randy's Upholstery in Brighton, Colorado, for the interior. This started with a bench seat from Bench T's Designs, which was wrapped with burnt orange leather. This same material adorns the door panels, pillars, and headliner. To contrast with the orange, black carpet covers the floor and the custom dash and center console are painted black. Providing the vitals are a set of Autometer gauges with chrome rings that match the chrome steering column and half-wrap steering wheel.
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When asked what mod he wished he hadn't done, Scott answered, “None, it is perfect!” That is the kind of thing we like to see and we agree completely. We wouldn't change anything about this truck. Scott wanted to send a special thanks to all of the people that helped give him a truck that turns heads wherever he takes it.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
1951 Chevrolet Pickup
Owner and City/State:
Scott Anderson • Denver, Colorado
Type: GM 502ci Ramjet
Heads: Cast-aluminum, oval port
Cam: Hydraulic roller .527/.544 lift, 224/234 duration
Induction: Ramjet
Exhaust: Sanderson headers, 3-inch custom exhaust
Fuel System: Hogan fuel injection
Output: 502 hp, 565 lb-ft
Built by: Cope Design • Denver, Colorado
Transmission: Turbo 400, 2,500-stall convertor
Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.73 gears
Front suspension: Roadster Shop C6 spindles, arms, coilovers
Rear suspension: Custom four-link with Panhard
Brakes: Wilwood big brakes front and rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8½ and 22x12-inch Raceline Explosion
Tires: Pirelli PZero Nero 245/35R20 and 305/30ZR22



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