He tore the truck down and had all the panels straightened and primered. The panels were painted and the truck was put back together with all new hardware. All the chrome was redone, and headers and pipes were installed to give the truck the signature Chevy Bomb exhaust note. The interior was freshened up by Perez Upholstery in Pasadena California. Chinky decided to keep the look of the interior as original as possible, so he worked with Perez Upholstery to find the right materials to compliment the Taupe painted truck interior. He added a Clarion deck and 4 speakers to play his favorite Oldies whenever he is out cruising with his friends.
While Chinky was putting the truck back together, his mom fell ill, so the truck was put on the back burner. Things got worse, and unfortunately his mother passed away in 2007. Eventually, he finished the truck in 2008 and drove it around for a while before deciding to air bag the truck.
There was only one place to take the truck to get it to lay frame and ride like a luxury car. Ponce "The Bag Man" was contracted to perform the suspension upgrades. He first updated the front end with a TCI rack & pinion, disk brakes, CPP Master Cylinder, and all new brake lines. The rear end was notched and fitted with a TCI four link, connected to a 12 bolt rear end open driveline and topped it off with a Muncie 4 speed. Two Viair 480 compressors, one 5 gallon tank and two switches completed the suspension upgrades. The '52 is rolling on Cross Bar Hub Caps and 15" Radial tires. Now as you can see from the accompanying photos the truck lays frame and looks great while doing it.
The initial investment of $3000 and two years of build time, TLC, and some additional funds have finally paid off in the form of a well thought out and perfectly assembled truck. Unfortunately in 2009, Chinky's father also fell ill and passed away. He would like to dedicate this feature to his parents. Good work, Chinky!
Owner: Tony "Chinky" Bustamante
Vehicle: 1952 Chevy Truck
City/State: El Sereno, CA
Engine/Drive Train: Original 6.0 V8 Cadillac engine
Paint: PPG Forrest Green Base & PPG Clear
Interior: Brown Carpet/Seat Original Style Headliner & Door Panels by Perez Upholstery ~ Pasadena, CA
Suspension: Bagged by Ponce "The Bag Man" ~ Anaheim, CA 2 Switches, two Viair 480 compressors, One 5 gallon tank. Rack & Pinion front end with disc brakes, 4 link rear end and notched frame in the rear
Tires: 205-75-R15 Radials
Wheels: 15" rims with Cross Bar Hubs