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1947 Dodge- Quick Brick

Rough Around the Edges Was the Plan

Sep 19, 2017
Photographers: John Jackson
This ’47 Dodge is deceptive. It may look a little rusty, may look like it’s in dire need of a paintjob and some bondo, but that’s the way owner Alex Short wanted to go. Not only that, he wanted to build this truck to satisfy all his needs for fun, performance, and an all-around good-looking truck.
Some builds go for speed, some go for refinement, and others go for a particular look. This ’47 goes for a mixture of all three. Its damn fast but can handle the speed. The interior coddles the driver and passenger in opulent luxury. The exterior is left in a mostly raw state, and is slightly similar to a previous build made by HS Customs out of Logan, Utah, who cranked out this raucous truck.
Photo 2/16   |   1947 Dodge Quick Brick Rear
This speed-centric Dodge centers on its powdercoated Art Morrison custom chassis, which gave a solid platform to build off. The body would be left to show its age with some custom touches here and there, but the underpinnings would be all serious business. JRI hydraulic adjustable-ride-height shocks front and rear with an Art Morrison-designed four-link, all work handle the 760hp being put to the rear wheels.
Photo 3/16   |   1947 Dodge Quick Brick Engine
A massively beefed up aluminum head 427 LSX boasts twin Garret 60mm turbos and DeSoto valve covers paying homage to the “baby Hemi” are only the start. A Calies crank, Comp cams, Diamond pistons, 90lb injectors, Holley coils and Dominator EFI, MSD plugs, and an Optima battery spin the LSX up, while a Hogan intake feeds those turbos. Spent gasses exit through log-style turbo headers and an HSC-designed ceramic coated 2 1/2-inch exhaust. Stopping this beast is a set of 12-inch four-piston Wilwoods with stainless lines, set behind 18x8, and 20x12 Budnik E85 wheels shod with 245/40R18, and 335/30R20 Pirelli P-Zero tires.
While the powertrain and that awesome Art Morrison chassis are as new as can be, the exterior was largely left in its original condition. Starting its life as a Forest Service truck, this Dodge came to HSC wearing faded green and all the rust and dents that a hard life of service brings. The paint was stripped, as Alex likes his project vehicles to wear white. To achieve the look Alex wanted, the cab, hood, and bed were sprayed and patina’d before the cab was chopped and welded back together. That way, the visible welds could burn the paint. The bed itself was totally reworked as it was bobbed, a set of stock-looking inner fenders were built, while the raised floor was re-decked with custom distressed wood. HSC designed a number of parts like the handles, latches, steering wheel, exhaust trim, and AK seat emblems, which were then cut by BK Machine.
The chunky exterior welds are deliberate. They are supposed to evoke a sort of raw, but refined, feel while hiding all the structural welds out of sight. The lower grille, running boards, and front and rear fenders were left in all their natural rusty beauty, he had the cab, bed, and hood sprayed down with PPG Envirobase in a combination of white, gray and gold. It was all sanded down to look like it had come from the factory in white, and painted by HSC employee Cam Miller.
Photo 4/16   |   1947 Dodge Quick Brick Interior
Inside the cab is all about luxury, as a whole herd of Italian cows donated their hides to cover the headliner, seats, door panels, and footwells. There is not a stich of carpet in the entire place. A custom gauge panel was built and provisions for the Vintage Air setup, as well. HSC CNC’d a custom steering wheel and gave it the Italian treatment, too. Tunes blast out of a Kenwood head unit with Kicker subs and amps, and a Pioneer shallow-mount sub went behind the seat. It was all installed by DeCol’s Speed Shop.
Photo 5/16   |   1947 Dodge Quick Brick Interior Dash
The build itself is just awesome to look at, the mixture of old and new play off each other so well. The chassis and suspension are up to the task of handling the 760rwhp blasting out of the pump-gas fed LSX. And while Alex enjoys putting on miles driving it around town, going to work, and showing off at the golf course, even he admits it’s a little over-powered. So the name Shitn Brix fits it just fine.

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1947 Dodge
Owner and City/State: Alex Short; Bluffdale, Utah
Chassis: Art Morrison chassis, powdercoated
Front Suspension: JRI Hydraulic
Rear Suspension: Art Morrison designed four-link
Brakes: 12-inch, four-piston Wilwood brakes with stainless-steel lines
Drivetrain:
Engine: Twin Turbo 427 LSX, DeSoto “baby Hemi” valve covers, Calies crank, Comp cam, Diamond pistons, 90lb injectors, Holley Dominator EFI, Holley coils, MSD plugs, Optima battery, Hogan intake, Garret Supercharger, log-style turbo headers, HSC-designed ceramic-coated 2 1/2-inch exhaust, engine built by HSC and Felt Automotive
Transmission: Hughes 4L80E with custom driveshaft by Central Valley Machine
Rearend: Ford 9-inch smoothed and painted, billet pinion, 33 spline axles, Currie 3:55 gears
Body: Cab chopped and sectioned 2 inches, fenders sectioned, bed shortened, handles, latches, steering wheel, exhaust trim and seat emblems designed by HSC and made by BK machine, hood straps by Hot Rod Leather, JW Speaker headlights, modified stock tails, PPG Envirobase white, gray and gold painted by Cam Miller
Interior: Custom Italian leather seat coverings, leather floor covering, headliner, and door panels by HSC, custom gauge panel, Vintage Air, HSC custom billet steering wheel, Stereo: Kenwood head unit, Kicker subs and amps, Pioneer shallow mount sub behind seat, by DeCol’s Speed Shop
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x8, 20x12; Budnik E85
Tires: 245/40R18, 35/30R20; Pirelli P-Zero
Special Thanks: Cam Miller and HSC Customs in Logan, Utah, Art Morrison, Felt Automotive in Ogden Utah, BK Machine in Bluffdale Utah, Decols Speed Shop in Riverton Utah, and my wife Staci.

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