Chevrolet 454 cubic inch, big block, engine work by Steve Brown of
West Point, GA. Edelbrock intake Holley 750 cfm double pumper,
billet and chrome accessories, stainless exhaust
'86 Chevy pickup front end, disc brakes, 2 �" dropped spindles, GM
Turbo 400 automatic transmission, '85 Chevrolet differential with
Vintage Air heating and cooling system, cream leather seats and
custom door panels by Troy Whitt of Huntsville, AL., Tilt steering
column, Billet Specialties steering wheel
Smoothed marker lights and door handles, tailgate smoothed and
filled, Hagen taillights, body work by Chris Snowden of Valley,
Wheels and Tires:
18" Chrome American Racing wheels, Blackwall radial tires
About six years ago Jim traded a '40 Mercury street rod for this
good looking GMC pickup. It's gone through two frame off
restorations and Jim says he's still not finished. His wife won't
let him even think about trading for another street rod. She says
she's able to get everything she needs for a weekend trip into the
bed of the truck. Looks like he will have the "Jimmy" for quite a
Power for the pickup comes from a 454 cubic inch big block. Steve
Brown of West Point, GA did all of the machine work and assembly of
the engine. The rat receives its fuel through a Holley 750 cfm
double pumper mounted on a Edelbrock aluminum intake. Stock exhaust
manifolds and stainless steel pipes remove the spent gases. A full
compliment of chrome and billet dress up goodies add plenty to the
eye appeal to the detailed engine bay.
The front suspension was donated by an '86 Chevrolet pickup,
complete with disc brakes, 2 �" dropped spindles and power
steering. The rear set up comes out of an '85 Chevy pickup carrying
3:08 gears. A Turbo 400 automatic was reworked and put into service
behind the 396.
Jim made sure the body of the GMC was smoothed and slick before
Chris Snowden sprayed the GM Red/Orange PPG paint. The body mods
include a frenched antenna, smoothed side marker lights and door
handles, the tailgate was also smoothed and filled then Hagen
taillights were frenched in the rear fenders.
The interior was finished in cream leather by Troy Whitt of
Huntsville, AL. Troy fabricated the custom door panels and used
Corvette sliding handles for the inside door releases. The original
instruments were used in the woodgrain dash along with a Vintage
Air heating and cooling system. A Billet steering wheel with
matching leather was mounted on a GM tilt steering column.
Jim's read beauty rides on a set of 18" Chrome American Racing
wheels. Blackwall radial tires were used on both the front and the
We were told that as far as he knows, Jim's truck has never been
trailered, he drives it to all the shows that he and his wife
attend. That's the way it's supposed to be.
Great ride Jim, we at SRM appreciate the time, effort, and
enthusiasm rodders like Jim Reddoch contribute to our hobby.