There's certainly no doubt that classic trucks hold a special place in many owners' hearts. Many of us can relate to a trip with grandpa or dad in the uncomfortable bench seat of an old truck bouncing down the road with the windows open and the sweet spring air blowing around. Having cut our teeth on working with older iron to learn the ropes as mechanics, it is always cool to see a nicely done machine brought back to life. Even the ratty ones with their original war wounds and rust can be massaged into something more lovable. What really makes our hearts warm though, is an old truck turned into an over-the-top street machine with all the power and grace of an MMA fighter.
The completely custom tailgate doesn’t actually drop open, as most would expect. Instead,
The team at Fesler Built in Scottsdale, Arizona, apparently felt the same way. Pro baseball player, Brian Fuentes, stood in the Fesler offices and ordered up a customized classic truck—one that could put the hurt on any of the newer cars owned by his brothers in the bullpen. What they delivered was a satin black monster built from the bones of a '58 Chevy truck. Fuentes' only instructions for Fesler were for his ride to be "fast, loud, and to have the highest level of craftsmanship available." After teardown, a second-generation Camaro clip was grafted to the boxed and modified frame. Custom control arms were combined with 2-inch drop spindles and Slam Specialties airbags to get the nose all the way down. Under the rear, a Currie 9-inch stuffed with 4.11 gears is held in place by a four-link and another pair of Slam Specialties 'bags. Fully adjustable QA-1 shocks round out the package with AccuAir controls, allowing "set and forget" driving with the suspension. Custom-painted three-piece Fesler FS-907 wheels, in 20x8.5 and 22x11, were wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber before being bolted over Baer 15-inch brakes.
The stage was set for a serious powerplant to bring it all together. Chosen to motivate this sinister machine was a 572ci GM Mark VI big-block. Pulled right from the crate, the huge engine made 620 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Fesler wanted to keep things as modern as possible while still appearing vintage, so a multiport EFI conversion was topped with an Airaid filter to maintain proper visual appeal. Spark for the 572 is provided by an MSD distributor, coil, and wire set. Ron Davis supplied the large radiator fit with an electric fan to keep the desert heat from killing the engine, while a Vintage Air system keeps that same level of protection for driver and passenger alike. Power is routed through a GM 4L85E transmission, and exhaust is piped through a handbuilt system featuring Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers.