This is a 1955 Chevy 2nd series 3100 big window truck. Sort of.

Scott Whitten has always worked on cars and he wanted to build something different. The opportunity came when his son took a tour in Iraq for a year; this project was was a way to keep their minds from the worrying. It started as a simple project which quickly grew into a family and friends event, which took more than a year to complete, and was built entirely in his gravel driveway. He started with a factory cab, chassis and front axle and then went for something a little more unique – deciding a rat rod would be the best direction for this project.

There are parts from over 14 vehicles in this build, including the radiator support fabricated from a Caterpillar D4 bulldozer. The front axle was stretched and disk brakes were added along with a rear mount rack and pinion. It’s powered by a 1973 corvette 350 with trickflow aluminum heads, big mutha thumper cam, holley 770 carburetor, drive gears and MSD ignition. These were followed by a 400 turbo transmission and a 373 posi rear end. The exhaust consists of a set of over the frame sprint car headers with MagnaFlow glassspack mufflers, stainless steel custom builder kit and MagnaFlow stainless tips. The sound is truly indescribable.

Fabricating and finding parts to build this truck took a lot of creativity. The casket is real, which gave us a definite direction with the design of the build. A custom tombstone fuel cell and wrought iron hand twisted fencing were added along with other personal touches.


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