Greg Noble has owned a barn full of pickups over the years, up to and including the 1959 Apache and 1964 C10 currently in his garage. That said, he still had a hankerin' for one more Chevy body style (a 1949 to 1954 3100) to make his current duo into a trio. This time around though, Greg planned on finding a solid candidate that still wears its original timeworn finish. And find one he did. He ran across this perfectly patina'd old farm truck in Georgia, and just like the ol' story goes, he bought it from the farmer's daughter.
As we stated earlier, Greg's plan for this cool classic was to update the truck's running gear, but to keep the body in as-found condition. So upon getting the truck back to home base he quickly transferred his new/old gem into the capable hands of Cale Kern of Cale Kern Hot Rods, confident that when he came back to pick it up it'd be both mechanically and cosmetically transformed into a great driving, good-looking hot rod hauler.
For the next eight months Greg worked diligently at his construction business, while Cale did the same on the 1949. Greg finally got the call to come and pick up his Hog Hauler and he wasted no time getting over to the shop to check out his latest classic pickup. The truck looked great. The small amount of bodywork (mainly replaced cab corners) looked great and Cale had managed to blend the repairs into the existing original paint perfectly.
He had then coated the whole patina'd original exterior in a coating of low-gloss urethane clear and had the doors lettered to match the pickup's aged look. Greg was pleased and happily jumped in and backed the truck out of Cale's shop (at 11:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night), and drove it the 15 miles home. Instead of parking the fresh pickup in the garage though, Greg immediately loaded his 1947 Harley Knucklehead and a couple of lawn chairs into the back, gave the pickup a quick once over with a polishing cloth, and headed out of the driveway for Nashville, Tennessee, and the Goodguys Nashville Nationals (a 250-mile trip one way).
Needless to say, Greg's Hog Hauler made it to Nashville with nary a hiccup and his trip home went like clockwork as well with the sturdy ol' '49 getting him back to Orleans just in time to make his son Hayden's high school graduation. You couldn't ask for better than that.
"Greg's Hog Hauler made it to Nashville (a 250-mile trip one way) with nary a hiccup and his trip home went like clockwork as well with the sturdy ol' '49 getting him back to Orleans just in time to make his son Hayden's high school graduation."
Frame: modified stock, boxed, custom crossmembers
Rearend / Ratio: 9-inch Ford / 3.73:1, by Cale Kern Hot Rods, Bedford,Indiana
Rear suspension: triangulated four-bar, coilovers
Rear brakes: 11½-inch drum
Front suspension: Heidt's IFS
Front brakes: Wilwood 11-inch disc
Front wheels: Wheel Vintiques Smoothies, 15x7
Rear wheels: Wheel Vintiques Smoothies, 16x8
Front tires: Diamondback, 215/75R15
Rear tires: Diamondback, 245/65R16
Gas tank: modified stock
Engine: GMPP crate ZZ4, 350ci
Heads: Fast-Burn aluminum
Valve covers: Cal Custom
Manifold / Induction: GMPP / FAST fuel injection
Ignition: GM HEI
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch stainless custom by Cale Kern Hot Rods/ MagnaFlow
Transmission: 700-R4 by Cale Kern
Style: pickup, five-window 3100
Modifications: original as found
Fenders front / rear: stock / stock
Bodywork and paint by: Father Time
Lettering: Killer Designs by Darin
Headlights / Taillights: stock /1937 Ford
Outside mirrors: stock
Gauges: Classic Instruments, All American
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: K&C Harrison, Polk Audio
Steering wheel: 1949 Chevy passenger car
Steering column: ididit
Seats: stock bench
Upholstery by: Interiors by Ed, Mitchell, Indiana
Material / Color: Ultraleather / maroon