Behind every truck build is a good team of people helping out: friends, family, co-workers and perfect strangers. No one person can do it all alone; it takes help from others physically, and in some cases, mentally. Take for example Joe Huffaker’s girlfriend Jenny Pope. She has put up with Joe working strange hours on his ’50 Chevy truck. Jenny has seen the dedication Joe put into building his truck and noticed he was borderline crazy about getting it done. Instead of going out to dinner, buying new clothes, or enjoying time with Joe, she decided to support him in his endeavors 100 percent.
Joe didn’t always have the ’50 Chevy pickup. In fact he started off by building a ’64 Ford F-100 that was in OK condition. But when a friend by the name of Ray Wagner wanted to swap trucks, Joe was all for it. He ended up with the ’50, a truck he wanted to build in the first place. The white color was chosen before the truck was even in his possession. Joe thought it would make for a clean-looking, understated truck.
So with the ’50 Chevy now in his possession Joe’s wheels started spinning and so did his obsession with building a cool truck. He started off by finding a few more parts trucks that were in various stages of decay. He stashed most of these trucks in his parent’s barn, but eventually a somewhat solid truck made it to his work. Joe then cut out most of the body rust and replaced the bad areas with either aftermarket or original parts from his donor vehicles. Spending many late nights out in back of the shop was very rewarding because Joe could see the truck making progress and things were starting to take shape.
A Chevy 350 crate engine was ordered and installed in the truck followed by a 200-R4 transmission. An Edelbrock Performer RPM intake was also installed followed by a Holley 650-cfm carb to help the engine breathe. A GM-style HEI distributor feeds the spark and a pair of Flowmaster 40-series mufflers effectively got rid of the exhaust. The rearend was replaced with a 10-bolt out of GM car and immediately torn apart. The third member was replaced with limited slip and 3.55 gears.
The rearend is held up by the stock springs, but Joe flipped the axle and added a 2-inch drop block to get the lower stance. Joe then C-notched the rear frame to add much needed suspension travel and boxed a few inches on either side of the C-notch. A Total Cost Involved Mustang II front clip was installed replacing the stock straight axle.
Now that the chassis and body were complete Joe made one last thrash to get everything put together. So in record time Joe got his ’50 back on the road so he could spend more time with Jenny. With the truck complete, Jenny was scared to drive the ’50 again because the last time she did it ran out of gas. Jenny said, “Joe and I had a very romantic walk to a gas station several miles away.”
1950 Chevrolet 3100
North Kansas City, MO
Modifications: Total Cost Involved Mustang II Frontend
Rearend / Ratio: GM 10-bolt / 3.55 gears
Rear suspension: flipped springs with 2-inch blocks
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: Total Cost Involved Mustang II
Front brakes: 11-inch disc
Steering box: rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: Astro Supreme 15x7
Rear wheels: Astro Supreme 15x8
Front tires: Goodyear
Rear tires: Goodyear
Gas tank: ’64-67 Mustang
Engine: GM crate engine 350ci
Valve covers: finned
Manifold: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Headers: cast iron
Exhaust / Mufflers: Flowmaster 40-series / 2½-inch dual exhaust
Shifter: Kugel Komponents
Style: three-window 3100
Fenders front: stock
Bodywork and paint by: owner
Paint type / Color: PPG / artic white
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Gauges: TPI Tech
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Classic Instruments
Steering wheel: ’60 Chevy Bel Air
Steering column: ’60 Chevy Bel Air
Seats: ’06 F-150 back seat
Upholstery by: North Kansas City Auto Trim
Material / Color: leather / gray and white
Carpet: gray loop