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Jun 26, 2011

Do It Yourself: Nick Weber’s Fully Custom 1946 Chevy P/U Truck

Photography by Joe Dantone & Words by Josh Wilson for Canibeat.com


When I was told that an email was sent to me with shots of a truck I didn’t quite know what to expect. So I started checking out the shots and all that I could get out were explicatives. The pictures were showing off a sick and true old school Chevy with a little new school flair owned by Nick Weber. After seeing these shots I’m sure we can all agree on the fact that this is one badass ride, even if you live and breathe imports.

The build started out nine years ago when Nick located the 1946 Chevy on a farm in Connecticut. After tearing it down, he realized that he was only going to be able to use the cab and one front fender off the truck. This is when a complete build started for Nick who at the time was only 16. This has been a true do-it yourself project for Nick as he has done all the metal work, paint… everything and it has all been done in Nick’s one car garage. The only thing he outsourced was the interior work. This build definitely gives the phrase ‘do it yourself’ a whole new meaning.

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

The build originally started out as something he was going to hit the strip with but over the years his interests changed to the pro touring scene. Due to the change in interest, a big brake kit and suspension upgrades were added to the truck, which was already sporting a 540 big block and roll cage. All of these additions plus others have left a truck that has been upgraded from floor to roof from its original form

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Over the years, Nick has managed to build one serious machine. He has also paid attention to each aspect of the truck by upgrading the performance and looks of this Chevy. This is one serious Chevy that will have you doing a double take no matter your car preference as you will never see another one like it.

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY
Car:
1946 Chevy p/u
Owner: Nick Weber

Body
2 inch chop through side windows and windshield around rear window
Top of roof above windows and doors pancaked 1.5 inches in front tapered to 0 inches at rear
3 inch stretched cab behind doors
Convert two piece center opening hood to one piece forward opening
Custom dash and console
Corbeau seats covered in leather and suede
Oak bed floor, raised to accommodate suspension and rear
Hand formed rear fenders and roll pan
Taillights flushed in rear panel hidden with a light coat of paint

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY
Chassis

Custom 2×4 square tube from scratch on my garage floor
Mustang II front suspension With ride tech shockwaves
Adjustable 4 link rear With ride tech shockwaves
Willwood brakes 14” front 6 piston calipers 12” rear with 4 piston calipers
Willwood dual manual master cylinders mounted under dash behind speedometer
9 inch ford rear 3.90 gear
10 point roll cage
Front wheels billet specialties draft 19 x 8 Nitto 245 x 30 R19 tire
Rear wheels billet specialties draft 20 x 16 Mickey Thompson 29 x 18 R20 tire

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY
Engine and drive train
540 big block Chevy
Merlin III block
Callies 4.250 stroke crank
Custom JE pistons for 32 valve heads with 11:1 compression
Valley head service- thunder power 32 valve heads
Custom sheet aluminum intake
2 660 Holley carbs
Bullet cam with belt drive .600 lift duration 270 intake 280 exhaust 113 lsa
Custom stainless headers
4 inch stainless exhaust with 4 Borla mufflers
4l80e automatic transmission with standalone computer

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY

Slammed Custom 1946 Chevy p/u DIY


Editor: cristian loza

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