Bonneville Salt Flats Rods, Racing & People


Bonnevillains Speed & Custom

I just added the Bonnevillians Speed & Custom website address to my links list/blogroll.  Check ’em out!  This is there very cool Shop Truck, a ’29 Chevy with a 270cube inline six shooter.

This is a pic by my buddy Craig from his website (also on the blogroll).  Very cool photo and awesome truck! 

Dig the cool “Bonnevillians Speed & Custom” trucker hats, beenies and T-shirts.   Any speed shop with a name that references Bonneville is cool in my book!

I cannot wait for Speedweek in 2 weeks.


1938 GMC Chopped Hot Rod Truck

Thanks to the H.A.M.B., I came in contact with Dave, the owner of this all metal 1938 GMC hot rod truck.  The internet is an amazing place.  First, I thought I’d share a few more pics of Dave’s work in progress pickup from Speedweek 2010.  I was able to gather up more info on the truck.

In Dave’s own words, “The frame and bed have been shortened. Even the grille I am working on now is made from pieces of the original truck grille. All of it but the tailgate is from the original truck (tailgate was an eBay find). I used as much of the original truck as I could considering the limited skills and knowledge I had concerning these older vehicles and the funds available to build the truck. I also didn’t want to waste any of the old parts. If I didn’t use it on the truck, then it was sold to fund the purchase of parts I needed. I used the original frame and modified it to what I needed. I pie cut the frame in various places in front of the cab to get the drop I needed and it has been “Z”ed 17″ behind the cab to achieve the drop in the rear. The frame has been shortened about 20”, and again all of the pieces of the frame that were cut out were reused to “Z” it. The frame has  been boxed in front of the cab forward and at the “Z”ed section behind the cab. The rear axle is a Ford 9 inch posi riding on leaf springs. The front is a Ford “I” beam axle riding on a posi super slider spring configured with the spring behind the axle and suicide mounted. I reused the steering wheel, shaft and column and I mated these to a Vega steering box that is cross steering. The front is dampened with your basic friction shocks. The tranny is a Turbo 350, but thinking of changing to a stick. When I built the truck, I built it with the intention of running Firestones all around but ended up running Coker classics due to the cost. There is a difference in the height of the tires, so once funds were available and the Firestones were installed out back it brought the truck back to the ride height it was designed to be at.”

Dave had a radiator failure, so that has since been addressed.  Getting a car that is over 70 years old to run hard and dependable will definitely take effort, it will take constant tinkering and it is cool to watch the progress of a hot rod over time.

Here’s an area that Dave has changed up.  You’ll see some update photos Dave emailed of his exhaust setup below.  I personally like these straight pipes.  It fits the look and sound of a bare metal chopped truck.  You can see some bondo there, Dave does plan to get this truck in some paint next winter.  Satin Black, what else can you paint a chopped hot rod?  haha  It’s gonna look cool for sure.

Here’s the only shot from the rear I got.  You can see the spun aluminum gas tank in the bed and the rear window, which is a pretty good size considering its been chopped.  I like that Dave’s truck still has the “GMC” body panels and logos intact.  On to some updated pics…

Here is a BEFORE shot of the truck.  This is what it looked like when Dave bought the truck.  Wow!  It has progressed quite a bit.  Doesn’t look like the same vehicle at all.

This shot shows Dave’s progress pretty well.  You can see that the stance is better with the taller rear Firestone wide white walls.  The straight pipes have been replaced with lake pipes.

Good to see the truck has a nice home out of the elements.  This helps me picture my own hot rod project in my own garage someday.  Thanks for the inspiration Dave!

Here’s a look at Dave’s grille and how its changed since I saw it at Bonneville.  Personally I think I might like the grille before but that’s ok, its not my hot rod.  I like that Dave is continuing to work on the truck, modify and hot rod it to his taste and style. 

I can’t wait to see it at Speedweek this year.  Thanks for sharing your photos and info with me.

Some Salty Favorites from Speedweek 2010

Here’s a collection of photos taken at Speedweek 2010.  This was opening day, the can’t miss day in my opinion.  Opening Day has the big drivers meeting (over 500 race entries) in the morning.  Then, after the meeting, anyone is allowed to drive down the race tracks (there’s usually 3) to check them out.  That is a memorable experience.  Ok, so, here’s some of my favorites.

This pickup is killer!  What I love about this rod is the cherry flathead powerplant.  The wrapped headers are a great touch and the white walls top it off.  The stance is nice and low.

The stance of the “Old Crow Speed Shop” truck is much more in line with what you would have seen 50-60 years ago.  But the overall look still says hot rod for sure.  I’m a huge flathead V8 nut as you’ll come to find out.  This pickup has been lightly salted by the Speed gods.  haha  Tasty!  The Old Crow boys run a 50’s style belly tank lakester.  I’ll definitely dedicate some posts to the beloved belly tankers in the future.   Tonight, its apparently more pickups.

To finish off tonight’s post, I’ll leave you with one more shot of that all metal GMC chop top pickup hot rod I spotted.  From this view, you can see its running white walls (flatheads and white walls are my hot rod staples apparently) on black wire wheels.  I am recalling the conversation with the owner a little, I remember it was running a 350ci small block Chev’.  He was parked there because he was overheating a little and was letting the old gal cool down.  She had spit up a little coolant. 

Well, I totally did NOT intend to show 3 more pickups tonight.  What can I say?  I think some coupes and roadsters are up next…

What do you guys think?  Liking any of this stuff?  Leave a comment and share with us your Salt Fever sickness?  I’d love to hear it!

PS New link added. 😉

Welcome to “Salt Fever”, first up a chopped GMC pickup rod


Salt Fever is a blog about the Bonneville Salt Flats, the hot rods, the racing, the people, the history.  I have had salt fever for 4 years now and each year I attend the Salt Flats, my sickness gets worse.  This blog will be host to all things Bonneville.  I’m passionate about the history of the other worldly location, the “hot rod pilgrimage” that many make each year, the cars and the stories of the many people who have been infected by salt fever. 

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This first shot is an all metal 30’s GMC pickup that has been modified for that Lakes Racing look.  The owner is from Utah and says this is a work in progress.