Inside the stretched cab, Nick built the steel dash, console, and rollcage.
Inside Nick's garage, he had one heck of a chassis and engine sitting proudly, but the body still needed some work, and when we say some, we mean a massive amount. Chopping the top two inches, the profile was already starting to look more like what he wanted, but once he pancaked and pie-cut the top of the roof 1/12 inches, stretched the cab three inches, and converted the hood to a one-piece reverse-opening style with custom hinges, he was making huge strides. With the rear fenders handmade, a new roll pan welded in place, and LED lights hidden in the rear bed panel, he began prepping the body for paint. Again performing the work himself, he converted his garage to a makeshift paint booth and applied the BASF GM Spice Red and black pigments. Not wanting the bed floor to be too high, he modified the rear framerails to kick up inside the wheeltubs, and then installed the dark bed wood with stainless stringers. The bed floor has a trick door built into it, housing the air-ride compressors, valves, and air tank.
Keeping with the performance theme, Klassic Upholstery wrapped the Corbeau racing seats in
Finally asking for some outside assistance, the Chevy was driven to Klassic Upholstery in Columbus, New Jersey, where the talented upholsterers fabricated leather and suede door panels, headliner, and rewrapped the Corbeau bucket seats in matching beige leather and suede. Back at his house, Nick welded together the all-steel dash and stuffed it with Auto Meter carbon-fiber gauges, the Ride Tech air suspension controller, and fitted the ididit steering column with a LeCarra steering wheel. A 1 5/8-inch rollcage was also welded in place for added strength and safety, while G-Force five-point harnesses ensure no one slides around in this beast. No stereo is needed when you have a big-block resting in front of you, and Nick didn't waste his time adding one.
Giving up trying to count how many man-hours he's put into this '46, Nick has himself a custom classic truck for the ages. Debuting at Goodguys in Columbus, the crowd checking out this ride was proof positive that his own vision for a radical build was both spot-on and well executed. Now if he'll just give us a ride when he's in the West Coast.
Inside the Build
1946 Chevy Pickup
Nick Weber Yardville | New Jersey
Type: 540ci Merlin III big-block
Heads: Valley Head Service 32-valve
Cam: Bullet .600 lift at 270/280 duration 113 LSA
Induction: Fabricated intake, twin 800-cfm Holley carbs
Exhaust: 2-inch stainless headers, custom mufflers
Cooling: Aluminum radiator, electric pusher fan
Fuel System: Fuel cell
Ignition: MSD e-curve and Taylor Hemi wires
Engine Management: Right foot
Output: 862 hp at 7,000 rpm and 826 lb-ft
Built by: Nick Weber
Transmission: Jet 4L80E
Rearend: 9-inch with Detroit Locker and 3.90 gears
Front suspension: Fat Man Fab Mustang II, Ride Tech Shockwaves
Rear suspension: Pro style adjustable four-link with Panhard, Shockwaves
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipters
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Billet Specialties Draft 19x8 front 20x16-inch rear
Tires: Nitto Invo 245/35R19 and M/T 29x18R20