We all like certain things for different reasons. Be it cool, in style, too legit to quit...whatever. The object of one's affection is drawn to them in some way or another. Oftentimes these attractions may move in mysterious ways, yet other times it's as clear as day why we have fetishes for what we like. For Charles Slack, he can pinpoint the day when Advance Design Chevys were burned into his brain.
When Charles was 16 years old, he laid eyes on a brand-new '51 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup. When he got to jump behind the wheel of the Chev, it marked the very first new vehicle he had ever driven, and it was at that moment he knew he had to have one of these trucks someday. Although the years seemed to pass like minutes, Led Zeppelin's immortal words, "your time is gonna come," couldn't ring more true for Charles, because two years ago his number was called. In Charles' hometown of Wichita, Kansas, he found a '49 Chevy 1/2-ton much to his liking.
The truck was already built and finished when Charles picked it up. In fact, the truck was built through the roof. For starters, the previous owner and builder, Bruce Philbrook, started with a solid foundation. With a pirated front end from a '76 Mustang II, Bruce ditched the factory suspension setup and installed all the Mustang II components on the Chevy. The setup made the truck a breeze to drive with IFS, disc brakes, and power steering. The new rearend under the truck was yanked from a '76 Camaro and mounted up.
In terms of a drivetrain, Bruce kept things simple and reliable, yet he still managed to give the truck enough power to rock when the mood strikes. In between the framerails sits a Chevy 383 stroker motor. With the added cubic inches, the Edelbrock carburetor, the shorty headers, and the Flowmaster exhaust system allowing the 383 to exhale, the truck can really get down when the time is right. Backing the 383 is a TH350 built by Chance Transmissions.