Classic pickups of the 30’s and 40’s have gone from barn kept hay haulers of the pre-war era to hot rod contenders of today. A custom hot rod pickup is exactly what Bobby Warren has in mind for his 1946 Chevrolet Pickup. The ’46 is the last year truck carrying pre-war design and therefore fit the bill perfectly. The truck headed over to Dooley & Sons in Magnolia, Texas. The family run shop is known for high end classic and muscle cars as well as hot rods so he knew he was in good hands.
Dooley & Sons tore the half-century old truck apart in order to rebuild with new performance parts under slicked out sheet metal. The foundation is a full custom chassis that was fabricated in house. The front suspension was swapped for a Heidt’s Mustang II suspension with Ride Tech Shockwaves handling the ride. Out back a Currie Enterprises 9-inch rear end was fitted with a custom 4-link and Shockwaves as well. Wilwood brakes handle the stopping power thanks to a Kagel master cylinder and pedal assembly. Finishing things off is a stainless steel Rick’s Tanks fuel cell and 18×8 and 20×12-inch Schott Americana billet wheels.
The classic sheet metal was touched from every angle. First the top was chopped 2 inches for a sleeker look before the hood sides and top were reworked to function more like a modern hood. The front fenders were broadened and molded together with the bare metal grille. Being an old work horse, the bed was fairly tattered so a Mar-K bed with a metal floor was used. To finish the bed off, a custom roll pan was fabricated by the guys at Dooley & Sons. The rear fenders were widened to accommodate the wide billet wheels and they were tied into the front fenders with custom sheet metal running boards.
Under the hood sits a modern power plant built by Smeding Performance. The 383 Small Block Chevrolet engine was dressed up with a Billet Specialties TruTrac accessory drive and a set of one off stainless steel 2-inch headers were fabricated for the tight fit leading to Borla Pro XS mufflers via 3-inch exhaust tubing. The engine is backed up by a Phoenix 700R4 transmission.
The ’46 was assembled in metal finished fashion for test fitting and final changes before being blown apart for paint and assembly turning a once beaten work truck into a modern hot rod.
Text by Jason Mulligan
Photos by John Jackson
1946 Chevrolet AK Pickup