Classics A 1952 Chevy Five-Window With The Spirit of A Hot Rod

19:52  07 march  2018
19:52  07 march  2018 Source:   HOT ROD

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Austin Beutner of Los Angeles is a genuine custom truck enthusiast, and if we told you that he has also owned a 1932 Ford roadster, a 1967 Camaro, and a classic Ferrari you'd know where he belongs on the above descriptions of enthusiasts. Furthermore, if you knew why he decided to add this 1952 Chevy five-window to his list of vehicles, you'd know that his automotive enthusiasm extends to driving them.

Classic Trucks magazine first saw the 1952 Chevy at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show in a prominent spot in the Roy Brizio Street Rods display. A few years earlier, Austin had been likewise impressed by a Chevy Advance Design truck he had seen. In addition to its beautiful round body, the practical advantages of a pickup appealed to him. His Deuce roadster embodied "the spirit of hot rodding," as he puts it, but had no room for the surfboards and other cargo that he and his active family need to haul; a truck would.

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Austin was confident that Roy Brizio would meet his expectations for the truck. Brizio's shop in South San Francisco had succeeded with his 1932 roadster and his Camaro, so Austin decided to "listen to the chef" and trust them for a third time.

The foundation for this project didn't need to be towed out of a barn or rescued from a creek bed. With the exception of all that vintage character, virtually everything on the 1952 is new. Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, manufactures complete sheetmetal kits for 1947-1957 Chevy trucks, including the 1952-1953 kit used here. It is all fresh steel, from the hood and grille to the tailgate, including fenders and running boards. Headlights and taillights are stock with Halogen lights up front. The front and rear bumpers are new stock. Right and left swan neck mirrors complement the curvy exterior lines. Bob's Classic Glass in Blachly, Oregon, provided brand-new glass for the five-window 1952. Brizio transferred the truck to Marcos Garcia at Lucky 7 Customs in Antioch, California, for final bodywork and paint. PPG Grigio Pearl Metallic is the same color that Austin chose for his roadster. It's simple, but it's timeless and elegant—and looks just as good on the truck's large canvas as it does on the 1932.

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The fenders are filled with Classic V wheels from Team III and Advantage T/A radial tires from BFGoodrich. The rear BFGs measure 255/60R17, and the fronts are 225/60R16 on 17x8 and 16x7 wheels.

An up-to-date Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) chassis provides the platform for the Chevy. The package includes independent front suspension with AME's coilovers and antisway bars, Wilwood spindles, and a power steering rack to take the effort out of turning corners. A Ford 9-inch rearend features a Truetrac differential and a street-friendly 3.70:1 gear ratio, suspended by four-bars and coilovers. Eleven-inch Wilwood disc brakes at every wheel bring the truck to reliable stops.

The view under the hood is consistent with the truck's overall combination of modern performance and classic appearance. A sanitary firewall and inner fenders frames a Chevy ZZ4. The mostly stock 350 runs aluminum heads and breathes via an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and aluminum GM intake. The Moon finned valve covers and matching air cleaner keep things looking hot rod traditional. Ignition comes from an MSD Ready-To-Run kit. The exhaust moves through Sanderson headers to Brizio-built 2 1/2-inch pipes corked with DynoMax mufflers. A Walker copper and brass radiator and Cooling Components electric pull fan keep the engine temperature down, even in weekend traffic on Pacific Coast Highway. A 700-R4 transmission, assembled by Harrison Transmission in Pleasanton, California, backs the ZZ4.

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Many pro builders have an interior shop they turn to consistently for top-shelf upholstery work. For Brizio, it's Sid Chavers Company in Santa Clara, California. As usual, Chavers understood the personality of the vehicle and built an interior that is clean, classic, cool, and faithful to the overall vision for the project. The medium blue leather stitched over a Glide Engineering Chevy pickup bucket/bench seat frame keeps things light inside the cab. An ididit tilt steering column keeps the shifter off the floor and is topped with a stock 1954-1956 Chevy steering wheel, reduced in diameter from 18 inches to 16. The speedometer and quad gauge combo is an All American Nickel 1947-1953 GM Pickup package from Classic Instruments. Brake and accelerator pedals came from Lokar Performance Products, and climate control is handled by a Vintage Air A/C system.

Austin's 1952 Chevy was popular with the judges at the 2016 Grand National Roadster show where the truck collected a trophy in its class. It has been more popular with Austin's wife, Virginia, and their kids, Michael, Sam, Will, and Emily—especially as they're collecting their driver's licenses. It's always cruising weather in Southern California, and high tide comes twice a day, so there's always a practical reason for a ride.

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1952 Chevy Five-Window 1/2-Ton

Austin Beutner


Frame: Art Morrison Enterprises

Rearend / Ratio: Ford 9-inch, Truetrac differential / 3.70:1

Rear Suspension: Coilover shocks, four-bar

Rear Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes, 11-inch rotors

Front Suspension: AME IFS, Wilwood spindles, coilover shocks

Front Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes, 11-inch rotors

Steering: AME power rack-and-pinion

Front Wheels: Team III Classic V 16x7

Rear Wheels: Team III Classic V 17x8

Front Tires: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A 225/60R16

Rear Tires: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A 255/60R17


Engine: Chevrolet ZZ4 crate engine

Heads: Aluminum

Valve Covers: Moon

Carburetor: Edelbrock Performer 1406 600 cfm

Intake Manifold: GM aluminum

Air Filter: Moon

Ignition: MSD Ready-To-Run

Headers: Sanderson

Exhaust: Roy Brizio Street Rods

Mufflers: DynoMax

Radiator: Walker copper and brass

Fan: Cooling Components

Transmission: Harrison Transmission 700-R4

Shifter: Steering column mounted

Driveshaft: Aluminum


Style: 1952 Chevy Five-Window 1/2-ton

Hood: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Grille: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Headlights / Taillights: Stock with Halogen lights / stock

Front Bumper: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Rear Bumper: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Bed: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Bed Floor: Oak, installed by Roy Brizio Street Rods

Bodywork: Roy Brizio Street Rods, Lucky 7 Customs

Paint / Color: PPG / Grigio Pearl Metallic

Painter: Marcos Garcia at Lucky 7 Customs


Dashboard: Premier Street Rods reproduction

Gauges: Classic Instruments All American Nickel

Steering Wheel: 1954-1956 Chevy steering wheel, reduced to 16 inches

Steering Column: ididit tilt

Seats: Glide Engineering Chevy pickup bucket/bench frame

Upholstery: Sid Chavers Company

Material / Color: Leather / blue

Carpet / Color: Wool / blue

Sound System: None

Air conditioning: Vintage Air

Wiring: Roy Brizio Street Rods

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