When it comes to old trucks, not everyone has the same idea of what constitutes the perfect pickup. That's why there are 31 flavors, 57 varieties, and seven days in a week. Well, maybe the last one isn't a good example, but you get the idea: variety is the spice of life.
For Bob Sorensen of Salem, Oregon, the absolute best truck without exception in his eyes is a 1969 Chevrolet. At the time Bob embarked on his quest to build a '69 Chevy, he lived in Phoenix, Arizona. While not everyone agrees on what the perfect truck is, hardly anyone can argue with the fact that the climate in Arizona is one of the best places in the world when it comes to a truck body's life expectancy.
The '69 Bob located was already a work in progress. As the story goes, a father and son team blew it apart and began the customizing process, but somewhere along the line they lost interest and sold it to the next guy. Bob isn't sure, but he thinks this might have been where the '69 ended up with 4 inches chopped out of the roof. The '69 passed through a few other owners before Bob took possession of the pickup. He liked the looks of the '69's chopped top, but he hated its stance-it just didn't sit low enough for him.
To lower the frontend and maintain decent ground clearance, Bob followed the advice of Industrial Chassis in Phoenix and grafted a '95 Dodge Durango clip onto his '69 Chevy. In place of conventional springs, the truck rides on Air Ride Technologies' products, with the front shocks relocated to the A-arms. Another feature inherited with the Dodge swap was the power rack-and-pinion steering. At the top end of the '69's steering apparatus a wood-grained Grant steering wheel twists a custom steering column from Flaming River. As it turned out, grafting the Durango clip was just the tip of the iceberg for the '69's frame and suspension. The Rod Shop in Avondale, Arizona, ran 1 1/2-inch tubing from the inner crossmember rearward to the two-piece driveshaft, where each driveshaft has its own safety loop. Bringing up the rear is a Ford 9-inch differential stuffed with a set of 3.30:1 gears.
A Gaylord's lid hides all...
A Gaylord's lid hides all thanks to the modern miracle of space-age fiberglass. Fuel capacity comes from a 22-gallon fuel cell.
Corvette LT-1-powered and...
Corvette LT-1-powered and backed by a beefed 700-R4, Bob's '69 has a hot rod rumble thanks to a pair of Flowmaster 40s.
Soft like a Tijuana painting...
Soft like a Tijuana painting of a naked lady on black velvet, the velour interior by Craig's Auto Upholstery is real soft.