Nice DeliveryQuick, short, simple, and to the point: that's exactly what Donald Martin's '52 Chevy truck is. But there's nothing jaw-dropping that stands out like a sore thumb; instead, it's a concoction of sleek, smooth, cool, and teal all flowing together.
Donald's friend pretty much built the entire truck for him, which was a plus because Donald could keep a pulse on the truck's state of the union. But perhaps the best part is that it was easy for Donald to toss around a few ideas with his builder day in and day out. For the most part, the duo kept the truck pretty stock-looking. They ordered miscellaneous exterior and interior replacement parts from companies such as Brother's, American Autowire, Classic Instruments, SoffSeal, and LMC Truck. Using the new aftermarket products, they recaptured the truck's stock look, then enhanced areas Donald wanted to, such as under the hood, where he dropped in a 350 Buick motor with an Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor. He also installed a Southern Air A/C system for those hot Kentucky rays.
Donald's main focus was front and rear lighting. He felt a few subtle touches to the front and the back would give the truck a nice blend of custom with classic. In front, the headlights were sunken in and frenched for a clean look. Out back, the stock taillights were replaced by '32 Ford taillights. Combined with the teal green paint, the truck makes for a killer cruiser.
OutbackThe story of Gary and Sharon Mayes' '41 pickup can be summed up by one word, "outback." (Not the steakhouse, though.) For the most part, Gary, with help from some friends, built most of the truck in his backyard.
The '41 has been a Mayes family member since '75. For years Gary planned on building the truck to what you see now, but with all circumstances considered, it took a little bit longer than expected-actually, a lot longer, but all that matters now is that it's done and it looks bitchin'.
Although the black paint may hide some of the custom touches, if you look hard enough the '41 has got some pretty significant customization. First up, the truck's top was chopped 3 1/2 inches. Along with that, the truck was cleaned up and the handles were shaved off. From there the truck received 257 louvers between the hood, tailgate, door panels, and bed. Gary also installed '37 taillights.
Under the Ford sheetmetal a Mustang II frontend was installed with disc brakes. Power is made by a 350-horsepower 307 motor with a '53 Cadillac air cleaner. In the engine compartment Gary took '40 Ford tailgate script and molded it into the firewall. In the back an 8-inch rearend was installed with coilovers. On the inside the stock dash was ditched for a '40 Ford deluxe car dash, and for door panels Gary used aluminum sheets with punched louvers.
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