Gary Brown is heavy into trucks. That's no big deal, except to those poor unenlightened souls who're under the misguided impression that trucks are purely for work or transportation. But, the thing is, though the Brown family business is a Chevrolet dealership chock-full of brand-new, high-tech pickups, Gary prefers to park his seat in a classic! At any given time this gent could easily pilot any of Chevrolet's latest, yet he prefers to be behind the wheel of this sweet '48. Talk about a man after our own hearts!
Gary's preference for pre-'50 iron stems from when he was just a lad of 17 and the proud owner of a '48 Chevy pickup. The old girl was a bit rough around the edges. But it carried him wherever he needed to go, and rarely let him down. In fact, that old workhorse served him well for quite a few years but, unfortunately, was put out to pasture when he decided to marry. Later, Gary ran across a '48 Chevy that was nearly identical to the one he used to have. The old pickup reminded him of his boyhood love (the one with wheels), and he instantly decided that it had to be his. With a bit of persuasion, he purchased the one-owner pickup and immediately put it to work, as both a driver and a dealership parts chaser.
Well, it wasn't long before he figured he'd treat the '48 to a complete facelift. In fact, he decided that since he was going to do it, he might as well do it right and make the old gem the rival of any of those shiny new trucks on the dealership lot. And as we're sure you'll agree, there's not a showroom-new truck on the planet that can hold a candle to this baby!
Once he'd had made up his mind to begin the truck's massive makeover, it was only a matter of days before he turned it over to the more-than-capable hands of Mike Goldman of Mike Goldman Customs. Gary had so much confidence in Mike's expertise that all he told him upon dropping off the truck was that it had to be silver inside and out. With that, he walked out the door, and the rest is, as they say, history.
Mike began the project by calling FatMan Fabrications. He had them send over one of their custom-made rectangular tube frames. Upon its arrival he installed the complete front suspension from an '87 Corvette and a Borgeson-connected, Budnik-topped ididit tilt column. Once the front- end was in place he moved aft, where he mounted a drum-brake 9-inch rear using a FatMan triangulated four-bar setup and a pair of Carrera coilovers. Once the front and rear suspension and steering were handled, Mike then began to plumb the chassis. For this he used lots of stainless and various custom brackets and clamps by Fuzzies Performance. Before lowering the finished chassis to the ground, a quartet of Budnik billet wheels fitted with Goodyear rubber were mounted at all four corners.
As for motorvation, a Chevrolet ZZ4 crate motor was chosen for its legendary reliability and out-of-the-box performance. The engine was topped with an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb, an HEI, and a pair of HPC-coated tube headers. The healthy small-block was then backed by a B&M-cooled, ididit/Lokar-shifted, 700-R4 automatic and hooked to the 9-inch rear via a custom Denny's driveshaft.