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.
Fesler Built soon had the fast and loud part completed, but it was the sheetmetal that would see the most work. Fesler went through it all shaving nearly everything from the '58's exterior. Everything from the door handles to the marker lights, and driprails to the antenna, tailgate, and bed caps were all smoothed in some way. To further accentuate the lines, a roll pan with taillights was added and the top was chopped a couple of inches to remove the bulky appearance. Look closely at the front fenders and it becomes apparent where the nose was modified to be a forward-tilt unit allowing access to the entire frontend. The less obvious modification, however, is the bed. It was converted to full tilt as well with electric actuators effortlessly raising and lowering it at the push of a button. Giving the old truck its dark and dangerous look is a coating of Satin Black paint from DuPont.
A truck of this caliber would be lost with a bench seat, so leather Recaros were wedged in
Checking into the interior reveals the original bench seat was tossed in favor of a fully custom interior rivaling that of a luxury car. Recaro bucket seats were covered in black leather and set over the darkest Mercedes carpet that could be found. A one-off center console runs from the original dash and was fit with the power window controls, air suspension command, and the magic buttons to actuate the dump bed and the front clip. One-off door panels were slathered in leather and fit with recessed red LED lighting to bring a racy feel to the whole scheme. Dakota Digital gauges replaced the stock needles and dials and any exposed sheetmetal was paint-matched to the exterior hue. Finishing up the extreme makeover is a jet-black suede headliner. Adding to the loud factor is a full arsenal of audio assault tools from Pioneer and Rockford Fosgate. A box cut through the back wall supports the dual 10-inch Fosgate subs awash in red LED lighting.
With the truck complete, Brian tells us his affinity for seriously over-built classic hardware has risen to the point of contention with his garage space. Having a newfound passion for the old car and truck market, Brian is looking to offload the '58 to some lucky new owner so he can house one of his many new toys. It's black, it's fast, and it is more than loud enough between the big-block and the rocking sound system to get attention…and it could be yours. All the feel of a European sports car in a roaring real steel package that assaults your senses—it makes us wish we had one too!
Fesler wanted to keep things as modern as possible while still appearing vintage.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 1958 Chevy Pickup
Owner and City/State: Brian Fuentes · Oakland, California
Opening the forward-tilt hood reveals a GM 572ci crate engine fit with all the right goodi
Type: GMPP 572ci big-block
Induction: Airaid air filter
Exhaust: Custom Fesler headers through Flowmaster mufflers
Fuel System: Multiport EFI
Engine Management: Custom EFI tune
Output: 620 hp and 650 lb-ft
Built by: GMPP and Fesler
Transmission: GM 4L85E
Rearend: Narrowed Currie 9-inch with 4:11 Strange gears, Dutchman axles
Fesler three-piece wheels adorn all four corners of the ’58 in 20- and 22-inch black and m
Front suspension: Fesler control arms, Camaro 2-inch drop spindles, Slam Specialites airbags, QA-1 shocks
Rear suspension: Fesler four-link, Slam Specialties airbags, QA-1 shocks
Brakes: Fesler six-piston by Baer with 15-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: Fesler FS-907 20x8.5 front and 22x11 rear
Tires: Pirelli P-Zero Nero 275/35ZR20 and 305/30ZR22