We've all heard the story about the old farmer's pickup truck languishing in a barn, and many vintage truck lovers know of just such a vehicle. And of course we all know that it's just a matter of making the right offer at the right time to finally roll the old hauler out into the daylight. That is exactly what Ray Hunter did.
Great woodwork, stainless steel strips, and gas tank filler are just some of the highlight
This 1950 Chevrolet was originally owned by Sam Loden, who passed away in 1983. The truck was rolled under a shed attached to the barn and stayed there until 2008 when Sam's son Ed Loden agreed to sell the truck to Ray.
After hauling the truck home Ray Hunter systematically disassembled the truck down to a bare frame. Vision Rod and Customs in Lula, Georgia, handled the Heidts front suspension installation, while out back a four-bar arrangement locates the 9-inch Ford rear, complete with coilover shocks providing suspension.
Ray knew he wanted plenty of power for his pickup, so installing a 496ci big-block Chevy motor seemed like a natural. Inside the huge motor you'll find a complete valvetrain from Comp Cams. A polished aluminum intake resides between the billet valve covers while Sanderson headers feed the exhaust back through Flowmaster mufflers. Behind the big-block a tried-and-true Turbo 400 tranny handles gear changes and a Lokar shifter rises up out of the custom fabricated console.
When it came time to straighten the body, Ray Hunter took on the challenge himself. The hood was smoothed and the center seam was welded to form a one-piece hood. The addition of smoothie running boards and a third brake light below the rear window are the only other body mods. However hundreds of hours were spent fitting and block-sanding the truck in preparation for the mile-deep PPG black urethane paint. In keeping with the subtle approach to the truck, a fine brown pinstripe was applied by Jeff Embrey. While the stock headlights are in use up front, the taillights are from Hagan.
An aluminum bung fits inside the tailgate top tube and the tailgate is held closed with si
With the cab painted, Ray turned his attention to inside the cab. The entire cab was lined with Dynamat. The Vintage Air was installed under the dash and the ididit steering column connects to the Heidts frontend. The Sony stereo went in and all the wiring was completed before the truck was brought to Slick Creations in Jonesboro, Georgia, for what can only be called an outrageous interior. From the custom-built bucket seats to the Porsche carpet, the interior is a study in detail. Finished in brown and black, it sets the truck apart from your average Bow Tie hauler.
The thing we really like about Ray Hunter's hauler is the fact that it is a trucker's truck and most of it was built by the owner. Many people might glance at this super-straight black truck and keep walking, but those who take the time to zoom in for a closer look are rewarded with seeing a level of fit, finish, and detail that puts this truck in the upper echelon of hot rod trucks.
The dash has seen the stock trim and gauges removed. A pair of Omega Custom gauges and a S
The embroidered crossed flags and custom trim add real Chevy flavor to the interior. Behin
The Copper Glaze and black leather interior is simply stunning. The mix of materials, stai