Modifying a 1952 Chevy Truck. Original bodywork - modern upgrades.

1952 Chevy Truck Specification.

This is an ongoing project. It is a rolling restoration.
Started 2007. Completion 2022

Upgrades and modifications completed so far,

Exterior paint and colour,

• Dupont Almond N2/N117.


• 350ci (5.7L) small block, stock, generation 1 Chevy V8 (1972).
• "Street Demon" 1904 carburettor 750cfm.
• "Edelbrock" 2701 aluminium inlet manifold
• Electronic ignition.
• "R & M Specialities" HT leads support bracket.
• "GM Performance" "Chevrolet" rocker covers.
• "Sanderson" performance "header" exhaust manifolds designed for 1947-53 Chevy truck.
• "SBC" aluminium finned deep oil pan with high volume oil pump and hardened drive shaft.
• “Mooneyes Speed Equipment” USA. WAS6917 finned polished water pump.
• Cooling package - original radiator with custom polished aluminium shroud, "Spal" flaps, "Spal" high performance
electric fan, "Centech" fan controller with sensor and "Billet Speciaclities" polished aluminium coolant recover bottle.
• "Car Plan" semi synthetic 10W 40 motor oil.
• "Comma G-05" antifreeze mixed with di-ionised water.


• "Extreme Automatics" Stage 2, 4 speed 200-4R automatic transmission with overdrive. Aluminium finned oil pan,
• "Lokar" 24" flexible dip stick filler tube with dipstick
• "Ididit" shifter cable.
• "Derale" "Hyper-Cool Dual" 13740 stacked plate, 10 row transmission cooler with shroud and twin fans (front).
• "B&M" "Supercooler" 70273 (40mm thick) stacked plate, 24 row transmission cooler (under chassis).
• "VDU" transmission pressure gauge and transmission sensor.
• "AutoMeter" temperature stepper motor gauge with digital 2-wire sensor
• "Centech" fan controller with single wire oil / water temperature sensor
• "B&M" "Original Trick Shift" transmission fluid.
• Fluid capacity of whole system - 9 quarts. Refill is just over 7 quarts as some stays in the torque convertor.

Rear axle,

• Chevy Caprice 7.5" 10 bolt rear axle with chrome diff. cover. Probable 2.56 gear ratio.
• "Triple QX EP90" gear oil.


• Dual circuit brakes. Disc brakes all round.
• Front - "TCI" disc rotors and Wilwood two piston callipers.
• Rear - Summit Racing disc brakes.
• Chrome master cylinder from Leed Brakes.
• Leed Brakes polished 9" single booster (servo).
• "Saville" Nickel Copper brake pipes. • "Comma" Dot 5.1 brake fluid.


• "Grant Signature" steered wheel.
• "Iditit" 30" custom steering column with options - key ignition, tilt, column gear selector, wiper control,
cruise control, polished levers, gear selector indicator.
• "TCI" power steering rack for TCI Custom ifs (max pressure 850psi).
• "Tuff Stuff" 6174A 850psi max. chrome saginaw power steering pump and reservoir,
Tuff Stuff 5553A adapter and Mr Gasket chrome pulley.
• "Triple QX" ATF (power steering fluid).


• Front - "TCI" Mustang 2, 1947-53 Truck "Custom" end to end ifs
• "TCI" / "Ridetech" coil-over shock absorbers.
• Rear - Original leaf springs. 8 leaves reduced to 4 to suit smaller expected loads.
• "Bilstein" shock absorbers.
• Rear - bump stops from a "Ford Ranger" truck fitted.


• A completely original frame which has been strengthened around the front and rear suspensions.

Wheels and tyres,

• "American Racing" 15" Ventura deep dish (offset of -19 and backspace of 3.75 inches) alloy wheels. 8" wide.
• 235/60R15 98S TL Nankang Rollnex Cross Sport SP9

Electrical and lights,

• "Rebel Wire" 21 Circuit wiring harness and fuse box.
• "Summit Racing" 140 amp chrome alternator.
• "Bosch" S4 004, 680 Cold Charging Amps battery. Battery box modified to take this larger battery.
• HID headlights dipped and main beam.
• LED side lights / indicators.
• LED tail lights.
• LED brake lights / indicators.
• Original starter motor rebuilt in 2018.
• Cab gauges upgraded to modern electrical types and additional under-dash gauges fitted.


• 10 way power seats with integral seat belts (GMC Denali front seats).
• Matching centre console.
• Matching door panels and carpets.
• Single piece headliner covered with foam and nylon.
• "Pioneer" audio CD with 5 speaker surround sound, 5.1 channel amplifier.
• 5 speakers with sub-woofer.
• "Hirschmann" electric aerial.
• Gauge cluster has been upgraded to modern electric gauges without affecting 1952 original appearance.
• Under-dash rev counter, transmission fluid pressure and transmission temperature gauges fitted.
• "Vintage Air" air conditioning.
• Maradyne 15000 BTU truck heater.
• More legroom for the driver now available due to "podding" the foot-well. Firewall in this
area is extended forwards by 2-inches.
• Under seat fire extinguisher.

Other features,

• "Vintage Air" air conditioning also using a "Vintage Air" polished aluminium Sanden 508 type compressor.
• "Billet Specialities" 10120 compressor alternator bracket.
• 21 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the bed forward of rear axle. "E10" unleaded compatible fuel lines. Under chassis fuel filter.
• Single glass windows installed in 1952 doors.
• Truck bed mounted on 4 rubber engine mounts and isolated from frame, body and running boards.
(Eliminates rattles and stress fractures between bed and truck).
• Full size spare wheel under bed behind rear axle.
• Hardwood bed with polished stainless steel bed retaining rails.
• No gutter rails to reduce wind noise.
• Windscreen washers.
• Rear windscreen privacy tint glass.
• Hard folding tonneau cover from "Classic Tonneau Cover" (Vision International).

Sound deadening materials,
Stainless steel nuts and bolts extensively used.

Planned upgrades and modifications for 2022 -

• 2022 Transmission sensing equipment to inhibbet starting in gear and sense reverse gear for reversing lights.
• 2022 Under dash "Autometer" gauge to digitally display gear selection from transmission sensing equipment.
• 2022 Under dash "Autometer" gauge to digitally display engine temperature with digital sensor in inlet manifold.
• 2022 Speed driven gear speed adjustment gearbox to correct speedometer for current wheel diameters.

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