With all this Effie talk of late, we thought the least we could do was throw the early Chevy lovers a bone or two. Whilst rummaging through the dusty archives, we came across this hibernating feature on C.J. Brockman's cool little '50 3100 and wondered to ourselves, "Why's this been sitting around for so long? What are we waiting for?" Thus, here it is, albeit a little slow making it from camera to print.
When completed back in 1998 (no, we haven't been sitting on this for that long!), Hagerstown, Indiana, resident and '50s hot rod/custom business proprietor C.J. Brockman reflected proudly on the results of his 2 1/2-year project. Even though his company-Brockman Mellow Tone-supplies traditional '50s parts, and despite the truck's old-school-cool exterior, C.J. was a little more modern-thinking when it came to what's beneath the covers. For starters, the stock beam axle was removed in favor of a Fatman Fabrications IFS; the rear was exchanged for an '87 Z28 open-diff. However, when it came to the drivetrain, it seems C.J. couldn't escape the familiar sound of a split-exhaust straight-six, even though he did go with a later-model ('65) 250ci version, this one backed with a T-10 four-speed. Giving the inliner some added oomph is an Offy intake with an Edelbrock four-barrel, a Clifford 3/4 race cam, and a GM HEI ignition. The cherished sound, though, is all in the aforementioned split exhaust and those things C.J. makes a living off of: Brockman Mellow Tone steelpacks.
For exterior and interior chores, C.J. went with Claywell Auto Body in nearby Modoc, Indiana. Other than a nosed hood and louvered tailgate, the Chevy is pretty much stock on the outside, but the Hot Blue acrylic enamel with striping and graphics by Darin Allen really brings the truck to life. Full wide whites with a set of single-bar "Hollywood" flipper caps keep everything in that true Brockman tone. Inside, Claywell outfitted the cab with a gray tweed-covered split bench seat ('92 Chevy), complemented by a '62 Biscayne steering wheel and a set of Lucite teardrop dash knobs.
When we spoke with C.J. about the feature, he was very surprised, to say the least, mentioning he thought the truck "didn't meet the standards." Quite the contrary. When asked if he still owned the '50, he chuckled, commenting that he'd sold it, but had no idea who bought it. Well, if you happen to be the new owner, congratulations-your truck's in a magazine!