You can lead a horse to old cars but you can't make it drink; I mean you can lead a kid to water, but you can't make him build one. Whatever the old adage, Drew Rhodes got a late start as far as the old car/truck bug goes, which is strange because his dad has been playing with them his whole life. In fact, his dad has a degree in automotive engineering!

After spending his first 30 years on this planet, riding in and just plain driving automobiles, Drew's dad asked if he wanted to do a father/son project. Drew agreed it was time for him to start learning his way around the garage and under a hood and figured he'd like to have an old truck if anything. After deciding what years and body styles he liked ('47-53 Chevys), the search was on. They found a '52 that was a driver, but not by much. Drew went back and forth if he wanted to tear it apart or keep driving it-until one day the brakes went out right in front of a school and a red light. All Drew could do was hold the pedal to the floor along with his breath as he coasted through the intersection praying not to get T-boned. The next day it was parked and they started tearing it down.

After more than a few bloody knuckles and tetanus shots, the Rhodes team realized they'd need some help getting the truck done before Drew's 4 year-old son could drive, so they took the truck to Fast Eddie's Hot Rod Shop in Lamar, Missouri. Once there, it was decided that the cab had more rust than originally thought and that the best fix would be to start with a better cab. They actually got a nice one from an ex-Old Navy truck that put them bucks ahead. Fast Eddie's installed parts from Fatman Fabrications to replace the stock suspension, which also included a Ford 9-inch rearend. The truck now has disc brakes at all four corners so Drew can actually stop at a red light!

The body and paintwork were handled by David Redick at Fast Eddie's. He sprayed the whole truck in House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl followed by a set of ghost flames upon Drew's orders. Not everyone was sure about the addition of the flames before, but once the paint dried and the tape was pulled it was smiles for miles. The truck then went to Oz Upholstery in Columbus, Kansas, where the interior would be transformed far from stock. They built a custom center console that holds a remote control unit for the stereo because Drew didn't want the dash cut up-good choice. The inside of the cab now has full door and kick panels, a proper headliner and two seats that were covered in tan Ultra Leather from Chucks Buckets.

Even though much of the work was done at Fast Eddie's, Drew and his dad spent plenty of time cussing and discussing old trucks and Drew now knows how to do more than just put gas in them!

Drew Rhodes
Pittsburg, Kansas
1952 Chevrolet

CHASSIS
FRAME: stock
MODIFICATIONS: Fast Eddie's Hot Rod Shop, Lamar, MO
REAREND / RATIO: Ford 9-inch / 3.50:1
REAR SUSPENSION: Fatman four-link
REAR BRAKES: Explorer disc
FRONT SUSPENSION: Fatman Mustang II
FRONT BRAKES: GM disc
STEERING BOX: power rack-and-pinion
FRONT WHEELS: 17x8 Intro Vista
REAR WHEELS: 17x8 Intro Vista
FRONT TIRES: 215/60R17 Goodyear
REAR TIRES: 255/70R17 Goodyear
GAS TANK: under bed