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Kenny Kimbrough’s “Killer” ’49 GMC
By Rob Fortier & Kenny Kimbrough  PHOTOGRAPHY BY John Jackson
“I had a ’49 pickup as my first vehicle back in 1969 as a sophomore at Killeen High School [in Texas] … I paid $50 for it … drove it one year to school … then sold it for $50. When I saw this red truck while driving through Benbrook [Texas] on a hot summer Saturday afternoon parked along Highway 377, I quickly made a U-turn to check it out. I called the owner who lived a few blocks away and made a deal on the spot for $2,500,” Kenny Kimbrough told us when asked about the origins of his “killer” ’49 GMC three-window.
'49 GMC rear view
'49 GMC in front of Mansfield Feed Mill
'49 GMC bed of trunk
'49 GMC side profile in front of metal barn
This was back around 1991. Even though the initial investment on his current truck may seem like a fortune compared to his high school hauler, it surely must pale in comparison to what he’s got invested in it now, all told.

“The GMC sat in our warehouse for about 15 years [where] several people had attempted to fix the brakes during that period. A friend replaced a lot of the wiring and various parts over the years in his garage, but the brakes were always a problem for daily driving. I’d known Nick at Killer Hot Rods and was familiar with his work, so I decided to let him have a shot at finishing the job in July 2018. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted, so I turned Nick loose on the project with a ‘liberal’ budget!

“The ’49 is a one-of-a-kind show truck. We put it on an Art Morrison chassis, threw in a 450hp crate engine, and added the best of anything we could put on the truck—but we kept the push-button starter in the floor that only us older people are familiar with … it’s like a secret valet switch!”

'49 GMC engine
'49 GMC front view in front of feed mill
In short, Nick and the crew at Killer Hot Rods, in Arlington, Texas, did a full number on Kenny’s GMC from head to toe, including an appropriate-yet-flawless red paintjob. The aforementioned Art Morrison GT Sport chassis features a full complement of Wilwood brakes, Strange Engineering coilovers, and a 9-inch Posi rearend while the LS3 powerplant has been outfitted with Holley induction, Hooker/Flowmaster exhaust, and a Speartech management system. Those smooth-looking 20-inch wheels (with GMC caps) are from Circle Racing and wear 35-series Michelin Pilot SS radials. Interior-wise, prior to Delgado’s Upholstery laying out the custom Ultraleather, Killer Hot Rods installed an Old Air A/C, Dakota Digital RTX gauges, a RetroSound/Infinity stereo system, those Nu-Relics power windows Kenny already alluded to, ididit/CON2R steering, and full layering of RestoMod Air’s membrane sound deadening on the cab’s bare surfaces.

Despite its “show-quality finish,” Kenny also admitted that his GMC will serve as a daily driver—just as every classic truck should be!

'49 GMC steering wheel
'49 GMC in front of mill with sun setting
'49 GMC interior seat detailing