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BangShift Garage Spotlight: An Awesome 1947 Chevy Truck Autocrosser Built for Less Than 2K!


BangShift Garage Spotlight: An Awesome 1947 Chevy Truck Autocrosser Built for Less Than 2K!

Talk about bitchin’! This 1947 Chevy truck has been built to be a giant killer on the autocross course and it has won several events already. The real story though is the fact that the truck was home built for less than $2,000 by using brains, and a lot of parts most people would have cast off, combined with some good stuff in the places where it really matters.

AutoX_a_Truck and his dad started with the rust ridden remains of a once proud 1947 Chevy 3800 truck. They put virtually everything outside of the cab into the scrap pile and then set to cutting, hacking, and welding on it. They narrowed the cab nine inches, lopped more than three inches out of the top, hacked off the cowl and firewall, narrowed and cut the original grill, and even removed some steel from the bottom of the cab, just for good measure.

The guys dragged an S10 frame out of the the muck and then started cutting and welding on it. During that process, they boxed the whole thing and shortened it to 101-inches of weelbase. More importantly, they fabricated the rear suspension. Using a truck arm style like you’d find under a NASCAR stock car, the guys used coil overs sourced from…you guessed it, a stock car. 

Up front is a mix of stock car stuff and RideTech Strong Arms with coil overs. The brakes are stock S10 pieces up front and modifed Camro Z28 units in the rear. The motor is a mongrel 305 that has been braced up with some go fast parts and home porting.  

There are about a hundred more details you need to read about in the garage. This thing is totally boss and 100% BangShift approved!

(Bitchin’ 1947 Chevy Autocross Truck

Autocross 1947 Chevy Truck 

Autocross truck suspension

Mongrel 305 in the truck! 


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7 thoughts on “BangShift Garage Spotlight: An Awesome 1947 Chevy Truck Autocrosser Built for Less Than 2K!

  1. chryco63

    Saw pictures of this truck in a Goodguys album last year, I believe, here on BangShift. I knew right then that it definitely *looked* cool. And now I come to find out that it’s a budget rod?! Sah-weet!!! Lovin’ every bit of it.

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