To match the lowered theme initiated by Hub's chopped top, the front suspension was upgraded and dropped at the same time by grafting on a Monte Carlo front clip using Fatman Fabrications tubular control arms in conjunction with their drop spindles to slam the nose. Handling the demands of the mighty 430-horse mouse motor and providing the '52 with a rapid launch is a Ford 9-inch rearend packing 4.56:1 gears suspended via a ladder-bar setup with coilover springs from Competition Engineering.
Keeping it all rolling is a quartet of Weld Draglites. The front features skinny 15x4 Draglites wrapped in a pair of General Sportiva EM4s, while out back is where it gets serious with a set of 15x14 Draglites stuffed into huge Mickey Thompson 31x18.5x15 skins.
The last stage of Ron's 4 1/2-year project was his truck's interior. Behind a set of RodDoors' door panels, Ron installed a set of power windows from Specialty Power Windows (SPW), then looked to SPW again for their conversion kit to dump the '52's vacuum wipers in favor of electric wipers. Before Ron shipped his truck over to Larry's Upholstery in Enid, Oklahoma, he had the interior wrapped up to supply 12-volt current to a Vintage Air air-conditioning unit and Classic gauges. He completely rewired the truck with a wiring harness from the folks at Painless Performance Parts.
Well, thanks to a friend in Enid for letting Ron use his shop for 4 1/2 years, plus an understanding wife to put up with his 60-mile round-trip almost every day to build the '52, Ron and his wife have been hitting the shows, 27 so far, and the truck has placed at every one of them, including a Best Of Show in Dallas-not bad for a guy and his truck from a little ol' town in Oklahoma.
Interior comfort comes from...
Interior comfort comes from Vintage Air blasting ice-cold air throughout the leather-upholstered cab. Painless wiring supplies juice to a dash full of Classic Instruments fronted by a Billet Specialties Rebel steering wheel.
A big ol' COMP roller cam...
A big ol' COMP roller cam lies at the heart of the 355-inch Chevy motor controlled by a Lokar gas pedal. ABOVE: Skinny and fatty describes the Mickey Thompson meats paired with General Sportivas on Weld.