THIS ’50 CHEVROLET 3600 PICKUP BELONGS TO TIMOTHY BRUNNERT, WHO HAS FONDLY DEEMED IT HIS “OTHER WIFE.” WITH A (HUMAN) WIFE WHO IS— THANKFULLY—SUPPORTIVE OF HIS BUILD, TIM HAS BEEN LABORING FOR YEARS TO GET THIS CHEVY IN TOP SHAPE
WITH THE END GOAL OF SEEING IT TEAR UP THE TRACK AND LOOK GOOD DOING IT.
The ’50 Chevy features a 1974 El Camino front frame clip. Tubular control arms and drop spindles
have the Chevy sitting solid and low to the ground with its classic style. A 4-link in the rear and homemade C-notch serve as upgrades to the half-century-old pickup’s suspension. Coupled with coil-overs on all sides and a new carbon-fiber driveshaft, Tim’s additions keep the Chevy riding smoother than ever. In the engine compartment lays a 370-cid LQ4 motor outfitted with forged rods and pistons as well as a custom camshaft to milk the most from the heart of this build. An outfitted blow-through carburetor and billet 80mm turbo under the bed also enhance the Chevy engine block with superior airflow and gas-to-air ratio. A TH400 threespeed automatic transmission with brake rounds out the largest mods made to the 3600.
On the exterior, Tim has pulled various parts—from the taillight brackets to the bars of the factory grille—to be rechromed, and he has stained and varnished the wood paneling of the bed to match the quality of the long-bed’s paint job. Dynamat sound insulation keeps the interior quiet, which will be especially handy when Tim takes the ’50 Chevy out on the strip. New steering wheel, column, seat belts, air filter and more grace the interior, while a custom-fabricated center console houses the 3600’s gauges and switches. Though the interior has yet to be completed, Tim looks forward to shaping the cab as carefully as he has the rest of the build.
With more than six years of work invested in his ride, Tim has seen the 3600 through all of its incarnations and is the proud author of how the ’50 Chevy sits today.