One of my favorite aspects of the custom truck world is classic trucks. I love that they lived a full life as a work truck, then after many, many years are given a second chance. Of the classic trucks out there, the Chevy five-window is a true favorite of mine. Apparently, Russ Taylor, of Starr, South Carolina, has an affinity for the five-window as well. He owns this 1951 Chevy and it is currently under the knife at Palmetto Rod Worx in Anderson, South Carolina. The team over there has been hard at work giving Russ’ truck a new stance, a slimmer body, and a bit more energy. Still only about half way done, this truck is well on its way to being a remarkable specimen.
Starting from the ground up, a 2x4-inch square-tubing frame has been built with a 2-inch channeled Z in the front and a bridge in the rear. On this, a Mustang II front suspension has been installed and a set of Wilwood 2-inch drop spindles are in place for a much lower stance. Monroe shocks will give the Bow Tie a smoother ride with the assistance of a set of bags fed by an AccuAir system. Out back, a custom four-link was fabricated and bag brackets were welded in place to make room for the Slam Specialties bags. After the worn-out factory brakes were upgraded to a new set of Wilwoods, the corners were capped off with a set of Coys 20-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto NeoGen 215/35R20 up front and 305/25R20 tires out back.
Moving to the body, it has been sectioned two inches for a slimmer look and custom running boards were welded into place. Also, for a truly unique look, a custom firewall and rocker panels were made and welded in. The front sheetmetal is factory for now, but a front bumper will be created for the front and a roll pan will be welded up out back. Other body mods include shaved door handles, suicide doors, handcrafted bed and tailgate, and modified fenders. The hood has been pie-cut and stretched to match the new contour of the truck, and the rear window has been stretched to match the other windows. Under the stretched hood will soon sit an LSX 454 crate engine. This powerplant will crank out 620 hp and 598 lb-ft of torque. That will be serious power for a seriously sinister classic Bow Tie. To assist in making the rear wheels turn, a Moser-equipped 9-inch rearend was bolted in place.
Still to go is the interior, which will be a combination of sheetmetal and leather. Another key component that is yet to be completed is the stereo system. Nothing fancy, just something to provide a bit of tunes while cruising the strip or sitting at a show. Russ is still undecided on what color he wants to paint it, he either wants to go with a Garnet and some other color two-tone, or just a solid color. Whatever he decides on, the paint will be the cherry on top of an immaculate custom.
Russ’ truck has already won awards and it isn’t even done yet. He has taken it to several shows and plans on taking it to many more upon its completion. Russ wanted to thank the guys at Palmetto Rod Worx for all of their hard work on getting his ’51 show ready.