We have featured some pretty unconventional builds done by Speedhunters readers, but this one has got to be one of the craziest we’ve seen yet. Submitted by Tyler and Stephen Gibson of St. Joseph, Missouri this 1947 Chevy Truck has been rebuilt from an abandoned carcass into one of the most unique low budget autocross vehicles ever.
This what the truck looked like when the father/son duo began the project. Most would take a look at this thing and leave it to rot, but Tyler and Stephen had some crazy ideas swirling their heads. They began by taking the chassis from a 1984 S-10 minitruck and shortening the wheelbase to 101″ and boxing the frame rails before dropping the ’47 body on it.
The body received plenty of custom work as well. The cab itself was narrowed nine inches and chopped by three and a half. The big fenders you see in this photo are a recent addition. Over the course of the build, the entire chassis and suspension was redone with both custom-fabricated and aftermarket parts in the front and rear. Highlights include RideTech triple adjustable coilovers and a rear suspension that is almost completely fabricated from scratch.
The Gibsons also added Wilwood calipers in the front along with a 10-bolt rear end with LSD and disc brakes sourced from a third gen Camaro. The wheel and tire setup is equally impressive – 17×11 Cragar S/S in the front and 17×12.5 Cragar S/S in the rear. The front tire size is 315/35/17, while the rears are 335/35/17!
The truck is powered by home-built small block Chevy V8 with aluminum heads, a roller cam, an aluminum intake and large diameter headers from a circle track car. Running on 91 octane fuel, the motor makes 390 horsepower and 371 foot pounds to the rear wheels.
Tyler calls the interior “sparse” with a mismatched pair of Kirkey and RCI racing seats, four-point harnesses and a variety of Sunpro and Equus gauges. It all seems to get the job done.
With a total weight of just under 2,400 lbs and nearly 400 horsepower to the wheels, you have a recipe for big thrills on the track in what I’m sure is the most unusual looking vehicle at every event it goes to.
Thanks for sharing guys!
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Really, really, really like this. Wish there was more stuff like this haha, and wish we could register similar shit in Australia!
Totoally gnarly truck and so cool to see it run a cone course on such wide tires! I love this, what a great build and it looks so mean and nasty.
Wow I remember following this build on the Kill Billet forum. It also adds to the epicness that this was built on an absurdly cheap budget like $100 or something like that. Awesome truck.
Awesom build! The shape and lines of this thing very aggressive. I dont evel like american cars and i love this truck, way to be original man !
What SCCA events do you go to? I live in KC and would like to see this beast, also I've done SCCA once.
I have run a handful of events out at the Blue River Precision Driving Academy in Independence hosted by KCRSCCA. Not sure if I will have time to make it to any more this year, but I will be running the autocross at the Kansas Speedway Goodguys show Labor Day weekend.
AutoX_a_Truck Nice, I only live about 10 minutes away from Blue River, you weren't there when I wen though, maybe I'll see you out at the Goodguys show.
This is great, I like the rat-rod origin of it as they kept the original condition of this thing in tact. Don't ever paint this, it's great with that history showing.
AlbedioNevesFelicio I couldn't bring myself to ever sell it after all of the work I have put into it!
Not a particularly competitive or quick car for XP class, especially considering that there are 130 HP, four cylinder, non-turbo, front-wheel-drive (non-Honda) cars in XP class that are running nearly identical Index Challenge numbers in other Cen-Div SCCA regions (like on the other side of the same state).
But it looks like he is having fun, which is the important part.
I run in XP at SCCA events for fun, but it doesn't really even fit those rules. I originally built the truck for Goodguys Autocross. It was cheap to build and is a blast to drive.
This thing is all kinds of wrong... I LOVE IT! Is it bad that I preferred it without the over fenders?