It's pretty safe to say that just about all of us have one special pal who's more like a brother than a friend-someone who really is a pleasure having as a helping hand out in the shop. And that's a big part of the story behind this stunning '64 big-window. Kevin Fillenberg and his best friend, Tyler Campbell, started out with the dream of combining their skills and building a one-of-a-kind '64 that'd stop folks in their tracks. As you can plainly see, the guys have for sure met their goal, but sadly Kevin's pal Tyler died in August of 2009-leaving without being able to enjoy the fruits of the duo's labor. Rightfully, Kevin has dedicated this truck to Tyler-and this feature, in a few words, says, "Here you go Tye, we made it, a feature in CLASSIC TRUCKS magazine!"
Seven years ago in a local pub Kevin and Tye overheard a gentleman who was going through a divorce say he had a rough old '64 Chevy big-window for sale. It was exactly what Kevin was looking for. "It's my birth year and the only year, plus it had the perfect combination (a shortbed, Fleetside, and a big back window) I'd been looking for," Kevin says. After getting it home and formulating a plan, Kevin enlisted Tyler's help and the guys began the tedious process of creating a hot rod out of old farm truck. The motor was the first thing to get tossed; Kevin wanted a heck of a lot more power than the original straight-six with the standard four-speed tranny put out. Kevin chose Larry Speer out of Thornton, Colorado, to do all the engine assembly and machine work for him. He decided to go with a 402 big-block from a '72 Chevy and then had it bored out .030 over. A COMP Cams Magnum bumpstick was installed with a lift of .550 and a 260-degree duration, Kevin chose an Action Plus intake manifold from Weiand. The carburetor is a Performer 720 cfm from Edelbrock with a Hilborn-style air cleaner. With all that fresh power that 402 needed a way to fully express itself. For this Kevin chose to go with a set of 2-inch Hooker headers, which run into 21/2-inch Flowmaster pipes and finally release from a couple of 50 series Flowmaster mufflers letting everyone around know who's boss! Now this beast couldn't go anywhere without a nice strong tranny behind it so Kevin went with a beefed-up 700-R4 overdrive trans. The powerplant he ended up with may not be the biggest engine out there, but it sure ain't no sissy and believe me Kevin isn't afraid of lettin' that fact be known!
With his motorvation problems out of the way Kevin moved on and paid some attention to the frame and suspension. Kevin had Tim Lucero from Ikonz Customs in Denver do most of the frame and suspension work for him. Starting with the front he used all stock '84 Chevy crossmembers, suspension, and disc brakes. Wanting a low low stance Kevin went with an air ride setup from Ridetech. The Chevy sits on the crossmember when slammed, so let's just hope Kev never forgets to raise it up before he takes off-ouch! Moving on to the rear suspension Kevin tossed in a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear with 4.11s along with some traction bars. The rear drop on the leaf springs is roughly 4 inches. For a comfortable ride Kevin chose Bilstein shocks all around, and added disc brakes to his Curry Enterprises 9-inch.