'52 Dodge Pick up - A Stealth Replacement - Exclusve Photos!
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November 03, 2011
By Randy Bolig
Photography by Kevin DiOssi
’52 Dodge Pick up
Raymond and Rachelle Myles
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
- Engine: In 1952, a Dodge anything didn’t come with a big block 440. Now however, this one has just that. Raymond built this one with a stock bore, hypereutectic pistons, and H-beam connecting rods. Valve dance is accomplished by the split-spec Crane camshaft with .450 and .458-inch of lift, and 268/284-degrees of duration at .050-inch. In the cast Chrysler heads are 2.18 and 1.81-inch valves with more Crane parts holding them in place. Feeding everything is an AVS carburetor on an older Edelbrock Torker intake. Finally, a custom-built set of headers with 1-3/4-inch primary tubes connect to a 2-1/2-inch exhaust with Walker mufflers—a quiet ride with a good tone.
- Transmission: Fitting an A500 overdrive automatic is easy when you’re already modifying everything.
- Rear: It’s a basic 8-3/4 with 3.55 highway gears—it works, and makes the truck a blast to drive.
- Suspension: The front sub frame was scavenged from a brand X car, and was already installed when Raymond purchased the truck. This gives Raymond a nicer ride, and disc brakes. Let’s just say that finding replacement parts is easier this way. The rear end uses standard leaf springs—simple and effective, and KYB shocks soften the bounce.
- Brakes: Manual discs and drums.
- Wheels/Tires: A set of Eagle Alloy wheels measuring 15 x 7 up front, and 15 x 8 on the rear, support the BFG 215/60-15 and 245/60-15 radials.
- Paint/Body: The custom-mixed Deep Blue Pearl Metallic paint is definitely not factory applied, and thanks to Garry Keay Restorations of Abbottsford, British Columbia, it looks great under the flames that were designed by Ray’s daughter, Colleen.
- Interior: The Larry Foster interior is all custom, right down to the tweed covered door panels and custom made seat. In case you’re wondering, Larry’s shop is in Coquitlam, British Columbia, The windows move via a switch (read: they’re power), and the steering wheel is the kind that can come at you, or go away from you (tilt and telescope). Let’s not forget the Vintage Air A/C, and custom gauges.