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1949 Chev Pickup - Green with Envy

Two Truck-Loving Daughters And This Clean '49 Chevy

By Jeremy Cook

Ever since Ken Bell was a kid, he loved the shape of the '47-54 trucks. Unfortunately, he would never own one until many years later. By that time, he had kids of his own--teenage daughters, no less! But Ken must have raised them right, because when approached with the idea of bringing home a new project (Ken already has a '34 Ford three-window), Brittany and Jacqueline were extremely receptive to the idea, mostly because they knew Dad could not drive them both at the same time.

A friend of Ken found this '49 Chevy in the yard of his mother's neighbor in Cottonwood, Arizona, and snatched it up. But he eventually decided not to restore it, so Ken picked it up for a song and relocated it to Tempe. Being a lifelong Arizona truck, it was rust-free and in relatively good condition. In fact, every piece of sheetmetal on this truck is factory original. Jacqueline and Dad put the truck in the garage and proceeded to disassemble the entire truck. Ken's fondest memories were of all the "Hey Dad, what's this?" questions that were asked during those days.

Eventually, all of the body parts and the frame went off to soda-blasting, and then they were delivered to Rod Palmer of Arizona Street Rods for the suspension fabrication, body, and paint. All of the superfluous holes on the frame were filled and smoothed over. The Heidt's IFS and four-bar setups were grafted onto the front and rear of the vehicle. A disc brake Currie rearend was hung out back, and Coddingtons shod with Goodyear Eagles were bolted to each corner. A mostly stock 350 was topped with a polished multi-port injection system from Street & Performance and backed with a 700-R4 transmission.

Because the factory steel was so nice on the '49, the body mods were kept to a minimum. The emblems were shaved and the hood was welded and smoothed as were the inner fenders and firewall. The running boards were smoothed and flared for the exhaust tips and the bedrail ends were capped. A custom roll pan with LED's was installed, and the new front chrome and bed floor were waiting in the wings. All that was left now was for the girls to decide on a color. And once they did, the DuPont Pearl Green was sprayed and rubbed to perfection as the truck was reassembled. George Fimbres recovered the stock seat and other upholstery in tan leather, while the stock dash was fit with all the best from ididit, Lecarra, and Beede.

Since its completion, Ken drives the truck as much as possible, which presents a problem due to the fact that Brittany and Jacqueline also drive the truck as much as possible. This past spring, they hit the road to Del Mar for the Goodguys Nationals with Dad following along in the '34, where they caught our attention and picked up a Top 10 award. The girls also hit all of the local cruise nights, and according to Ken, the guys seemed to like it.

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Facts & Figures
Ken, Brittany & Jacqueline Bell  
Tempe, AZ  
1949 Chevy Pickup  
Frame '49 Chevy
Modifications smoothed & filled, powder- coated silver
Rearend / Ratio Currie 9-inch / 3.73:1 posi
Rear suspension Heidt's four-bar w/coilovers
Rear brakes 11" disc
Front suspension Heidt's Superide II w/coilovers
Front brakes 11" disc
Master Cylinder Corvette
Steering power rack
Frame & Suspension by Arizona Street Rod, Phoenix, AZ
Front wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Sidewinder, 17x8
Rear wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Sidewinder, 17x9
Front tire make, size Goodyear Eagle 215/50R17
Rear tire make, size Goodyear Eagle RS-A, 255/50R17
Year and make '70 Chevy
Displacement 350
Camshaft stock
Heads cast iron
Valve covers Street & Performance
Manifold / Induction Street & Performance / K&N
Ignition HEI
Headers Hooker
Exhaust / Mufflers custom 2 1/2" Dynamax Mega-Flow
Other polished accessories & drive by S&P
Make and model GM 700-R4
Shifter on column
Body style / Material pickup / steel
Fenders front/rear stock steel
Modifications custom running boards, shaved emblems
Hood welded and shaved
Grille stock, rechromed
Bed stock steel, molded corners, extended rear braces, oak floor from Pro's Pick, custom roll pan w/ LEDs
Bodywork and Paint by Arizona Street Rod
Paint type / Color DuPont Green Pearl Effect
Headlights / Taillights Jag tri-bar / Hagan flush mount
Outside mirrors Superb, 4" swan neck
Bumper stock, chrome
Dashboard stock
Gauges Beede
Air conditioning Vintage Air
Steering wheel Lecarra
Steering column ididit
Seat stock
Material / Color leather / tan
Carpet brown/tan
Stereo Custom Autosound w/10-disc CD changer

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