Being brutally honest isn't always the easiest thing to do. But as they say: "The truth shall set you free." So, in hindsight maybe it isn't all that hard to speak up. For Mulvane, Kansas-native Rob Parker, he has nothing to hide.
Rob will be the first to tell you that he isn't the greatest of fabricators. But he'll also tell you that he can usually figure out how to make anything if he wants it bad enough. And for that reason Rob has built numerous vehicles, including this '51 Chevy he picked up from his cousin when he was in the eighth grade. Actually, there wasn't much truck there. All that was purchased was a cab and frame. However, over time Rob and his father, Merrill, managed to piece together the truck from various local resources.
Being a do-it-yourself type of guy, Rob figured he could build the truck with the resources close to him, which meant spending some time in local junkyards looking for parts. For the front suspension, Rob found an AMC Pacer-yes, the very same car Wayne drove in the movie Wayne's World, and yanked the IFS from underneath it. To drop the truck down, Rob cut the Pacer coils 11/2 inches. He even notched the frame in order for the Pacer suspension to tuck up close to the frame to get that extra bit of drop. The steering also came from the Pacer. In the rear, another junkyard part was found: an '87 10-bolt rearend. However, Rob did rebuild the rearend with 3.23 gears and new Camaro disc brakes. As for the motor, Rob found an abused 350 and sent it off to engine builder Mike Mistretta. Mike tore down the motor and bored it 0.030 over. Then he stuffed in new TRW 9.5:1 pistons and slapped in a Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft. The top end of the motor is comprised of a new Edelbrock dual-plane manifold with a Demon 750 carb and new ported-and-polished double-hump 194 heads. Adding some character to the motor are the custom aluminum valve covers and air cleaner. Backing up the motor is a fresh 400TH with a B&M Bandit shifter.
As for the body, things have come a long way since Rob first purchased the frame and cab from his cousin back in the eighth grade. Luckily Rob didn't have to look far to get the rest of his truck, as his dad hooked him up with a bed, doors, fenders, and more. From there they began assembling the truck and filling in the missing pieces from various manufacturers. For the most part, the '51 still resembles a fairly stock truck, but Rob did throw in a few custom hues here and there. For instance, the bedrails have been smoothed and louvers have been punched in the tailgate. When it came time for bodywork and paint, Rob once again looked no farther than home. Rob's dad attacked the '51 and banged out the bodywork. Then he shot the truck in DuPont Chromabase Radiant Fire Red. Highlighting the bedrails, tailgate, and hood are vague, dark-red metallic flames that stream rearwards. Creating a packaged deal are American Racing Hopster rims-20x8 out back and 18x7 up front-wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber.