Craig Gacom lives the life of a bachelor on a property in the desert of north Scottsdale, Arizona, that’s tailored to him and his unique lifestyle. He doesn’t have a kitchen table; instead, he has a mammoth slab of granite that seats at least 15, sitting in the middle of his kitchen with stools along the perimeter. His entertainment center is a surfboard, and his pantry is an old gas pump, which he someday wants to get working again so it can dispense beer. Oh, and his desk is the front half of a ’51 Chevy truck, complete with wheels and a hammered stance.

So it should come as no surprise that he’s a bit of an eccentric guy, and that his fleet of vehicles should reflect that character trait. Craig is a professional collector, and he often buys cars and trucks just for their resale value, keeping them for a few weeks or months until he flips them for new ones. Very few vehicles end up staying in his stable for a long period of time, and when they do, they have to be something special.

That’s definitely the case with his ’52 Chevrolet, a truck that he first saw at a car show back East a few years back. There it was, sitting there on the showgrounds at some event, with its current owner cleaning the inside. Craig approached him about buying the truck, but the pickup’s builder didn’t want to get rid of it—after all, it had some emotional connection. But Craig didn’t give up, and after a few years of pursuing, he eventually took delivery of the truck and trailered it back to Scottsdale.

The truck itself was so special because not only was it on a modern Chevrolet S-10 chassis, but it also sat almost on the ground without any adjustable suspension at all. That’s right, this pickup sits lower than most ’bagged models, and still rides down the road just fine. Although the truck had the look that Craig was going for, there were still a few adjustments that he wanted to make to really put his stamp on the exterior. Since he’s also a horse guy, Craig decided to have custom bumpers and accessories made from various cowboy parts, including a spur mounted like a hood ornament and horseshoes flanking the license plate. Those parts were then rusted to match the patina of the rest of the pickup, making it look like they were there for the past 50 years.

Many of the vehicles that have spent time in his collection have come and gone, but Craig has owned this one for quite a few years now, and has no plans to get rid of it anytime soon. He’s even building a matching Cadillac to roll with the pickup to shows, one that sports a very similar patina as the truck. So if you see Craig at an event, polishing the wheels and cleaning the interior, don’t ask him if he’s interested in selling his truck. After all, he’s just going to turn you down . . . Maybe. CT

Craig Gacom

Scottsdale, Arizona
1952 Chevrolet Pickup

Chassis

Frame: modified stock S-10 frame
Modifications: notched for rear axle
Rearend: stock Chevrolet S-10
Rear Suspension: stock S-10 leaf springs with shortened shocks
Rear Brakes: stock drum
Front Suspension: stock S-10, drop spindles
Front Brakes: stock S-10 disc
Wheels: 20-inch American Racing Custom Torq-Thrust II
Tires: 255/35 Hankook Ventus
Gas Tank: stock S-10, relocated filler neck

Drivetrain

Engine: small-block GM 350
Heads: stock, iron
Valve Covers: black, aluminum finned
Manifold: stock
Ignition: GM HEI/Taylor wires
Headers: stock V-8 manifolds modified to fit S-10 chassis
Exhaust/Mufflers: 2.5-inch cat-back exhaust
Transmission: Turbo 350 automatic transmission

Body

Style: pickup
Fenders Front: stock ’54
Hood: stock ’54, custom spur hood ornament
Grille: stock ’54 Chevrolet, narrowed and tucked bumper
Bed: stock, wood floor
Paint Type/Color: old/stock patina
Headlights/Taillights: H4 conversion/stock
Bumpers: horseshoe rear bumper made by Grunion Fabrication

Interior

Dashboard: painted Chevrolet Hugger Orange
Gauges: aftermarket
Air Conditioning: stock GM underhood, custom underdash
Steering Wheel: stock ’52 refinished
Steering Column: stock ’52 rebuilt
Seats: stock, recovered in black vinyl
Material/Color: vinyl/black
Carpet: black

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