Think Your 4x4 Lacks Aftermarket Support? Try Building a 1935 Chevy Ton-and-a-Half

Prewar Chevy Gets a New Lease on Life

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

“When I saw the cab lying in a field I knew it was what I wanted for my project,” Dan Owings tells us, describing his 1935 Chevy ton-and-a-half. He was wheeling a Toyota pickup at the time. While the Toyota was incredible capable, it wasn’t particularly unique. Contrast that with a truck that dates back to before the Jeep was even a twinkle in American Bantam’s eye!

Of course, there isn’t much original left under the classic Chevy cab. The foundation is an International Scout 800 frame that Dan used to hang a custom link suspension, front and rear. True to the roots of rockcrawling, he built the whole vehicle himself using junkyard parts and custom fabrication. “There aren’t a lot of bolt-on parts for a 1935 Chevy,” he jokes. He didn’t let that stop him from building a unique, capable vehicle without breaking the bank.

Tech Specs

1935 Chevy ton-and-a-half
>Drivetrain
Engine: 305ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350 3-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Offroad Design NP203/NP205 Doubler
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.38 gears and Spartan Locker
Rear Axle: 14-bolt with 5.38 gears and spool
>Suspension
Springs & Such: 3-link and Panhard bar with Eibach coils and Rancho shocks (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 42X15.0-17LT Pit Bull Rocker on 17x9 Pro Comp
Steering: Full hydraulic with PSC double-ended ram, orbital valve, pump, and reservoir
Lighting: Halogen hot rod headlights
Other Stuff: Scout 800 frame, rear seats, and harnesses for kids; Optima RedTop battery; chopped top; dual radiators; custom rolled tube fenders
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