Kenny also chose to go with an ’84 Chevy truck frontend for more responsive handling. He discovered that the ’84’s motor mount position wasn’t compatible with his choice of engine and cab. The firewall had to be recessed 3 inches in order to give the new block enough clearance. The frontend also sports DJM control arms, KYB shocks, and the stock ’84 brakes. Kenny decided to retain the ’84 spindles after discovering that DJM spindles would have brought the truck low enough to scrape his Hooker headers.
To put some serious rubber to the road in back, Kenny went with a 9-inch ’78 Lincoln rearend, narrowed 2 inches on each side. The rear fenderwells have been tubbed 2½ inches to accommodate the 15x10 Torq-Thrust wheels. A Brothers fuel tank presently resides where the spare tire carrier used to be. The oak bed with stainless strips painted to match the GM Torch Red body color and filled stake pockets finishes off the back end. With about 20 hours of work going into each bedside, you’d never think this truck was in bad shape a day in its life.
The inside of the truck keeps with Kenny’s no frills style. A Brothers billet bezel holds a set of Auto Meter gauges that stare back at a Billet Specialties steering wheel. The seats were originally out of a ’96 Chevy pickup and have had the headrests removed for a sleeker appearance. A very utilitarian interior indeed, but hey, it’s all you need when you probably spend most of your time looking out your windows for speed traps.
Little Bryson is a ways from getting his driver’s license, but without a doubt he’s already started counting the days. When you’ve got a pretty good chance of winding up with this truck as a family heirloom, we’re sure he’ll be on his best behavior for quite a while. That is, until he gets behind the wheel of this thing and finds out how heavy your right foot becomes when you turn 16. Buckle up, Bryson.