Tim’s plan was to finish the truck in six months to a year, but even he admits that his plan was a very naive. It is now four years later and thanks to Rich Delarosa, Mike Casanova, Josh Layton, Brent Vandervort, Delton Russell, Keith Wade, Tom Norman, Ashley McVickers, Mike Craig, and Pete D’Orta and Tim’s family for support during the build. The ’53 would still be in the beginning stages if it weren’t for everyone’s help.

Editor’s note: I was handed the keys to Tim’s truck and I was a little timid at first, but once behind the wheel the truck drove better than my rental car. Nice job Tim.

Tim Tullo

Harrisburg, North Carolina
1953 Chevy Five-Window


Frame: Fatman Fabrications by owner
Modifications: everything
Rearend / Ratio: Ford 9-inch / 3.70
Rear suspension: Fatman parallel four-bar / RideTech air bags
Rear brakes: SSBC disc
Front suspension: Fatman IFS with RideTech coilovers
Front brakes: SSBC disc
Steering box: Mustang II rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: Summit Racing Legend Series 17x8
Rear wheels: Summit Racing Legend Series 17x8
Front tires: General Altimax HP 235/55R17
Rear tires: General Altimax HP 255/60R17
Gas tank: Tanks Inc.


Engine: ’86 350 bored .060 over
Heads: RHS Pro Torker heads
Valve covers: Proform
Manifold: Edelbrock Performer EPS
Ignition: Edelbrock Performer
Headers: Sanderson 15⁄8
Exhaust / Mufflers: Flowmaster 40 series
Transmission: Gearstar 4L60E
Modifications: shift kit / 2,000 stall converter
Shifter: Windsor Fabrications / hidden under dash


Style: ’53 Chevy five-window
Modifications: rear window enlarged, replaced driprails with round stock, removed cowl vents, raised bed, one-piece door glass, filled hood emblems and roll pan
Fenders front: stock
Hood: stock
Grille: Brothers
Bed: hickory
Bodywork and paint by: owner and Rich Delarosa
Paint type / Color: SEM / Hot Rod Black
Headlights / Taillights: Hella / LMC
Outside mirrors: LMC
Bumpers: LMC / LMC roll pan


Dashboard: GM – modified
Gauges: Dakota Digital VFD series
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Kenwood / MTX amps
Steering wheel: Grant
Steering column: ididit
Seats: ’01 Buick LeSabre
Upholstery by: owner
Material / Color: cloth / gray
Carpet: ACC