When we were younger, my friends and I used to follow one simple credo thanks to the movie BASEketball, "First you get the khakis, then you get the job, then you get the girls." It was that simple...or at least that's what they made you think, because things didn't exactly work like the movie explained, mostly on the latter part of things. Anyway, in the world of building a custom truck for one's self, it appears there is a credo as well: first you get the business, then the business pays for the truck. Well, at least that's Craig and Cindy Speir's motto. You see, if one asked Craig or Cindy who paid for the '49 Chevy truck, their answer would be simple: their business, C&C Carpet Family Inc., paid for it; all they do is reap the benefits of the truck.
It all started a few years back when Craig decided it was time to build a classic truck, courtesy of C&C, of course, and the '49 Chevy came to mind. Once located and paid for, the Chevy was hauled back to the Speir's, where Craig tore down the truck and did as much as he could. Once he reached his boiling point, he knew it was time to call in the reinforcements. As it turned out, there was a guy in the area, Street Machines By Stedman of Craig's hometown, Hemet, California, who had a rap sheet of check marks pointing in his favor. Once Craig contacted Stedman, the next leg of the build was off and rolling.
Stedman's first move was to dial in the chassis. Craig and Cindy wanted a truck they could drive worry free, so the first order of business was to bring the outdated chassis back to life. Up front, he installed a Heidt's Superide frontend. What makes the Heidt's frontend is the fact that it's based off of Mustang II geometry, which means the truck was instantly outfitted with tubular control arms, Wilwood disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and two-inch drop spindles. On top of that, the frontend is equipped with coilover shocks, so the front ride height can be set where desired.
In the rear, Stedman installed a four-link, but instead of using coilovers out back, he installed airbags for instant adjustment. Stedman also notched the frame to get the correct stance, and because Craig wanted to use a '54-model bed, where the rails lie flat instead of pointing up in the air, he also had Stedman install a new 9-inch rearend with Wilwood brakes and matching polished calipers. Powering the Chevy is a brand-new ZZ4 crate motor decked out with Corvette aluminum heads, an Edelbrock Endurashine manifold and carb, Hedman headers, and more billet bling than a rapper at a boxing match. Backing the 350 is a built 700-R4.
Armando's Custom Upholstery...
Armando's Custom Upholstery stitched up the custom leather, but the hard parts are courtesy of Dakota Digital gauges and a Billet Specialties steering wheel.
Once Stedman finished up the chassis, he began work on the body. It's easy to see by the '49's round and smooth lines that it's been cleaned up; however, it's a bit difficult to catch the subtle mods made. For starters, Stedman welded up the seam on the hood for a clean, one-piece look. Then the turn signals located beneath the upper grille bar were removed, and custom turn signals were mounted inside the headlights. Cleaning up the cab is the fact that everything has been shaved, besides the side mirrors. Craig also had Kelly Ferris make a one-piece windshield for the truck, and matching that is one-piece side glass. Besides the later-model bed, Stedman also shaved the tailgate and installed LED brake lights out back.
The next stop on the journey, which Seor Ricky's Auto Body is responsible for, was to paint the truck. Seor Ricky's blocked the truck and got everything smooth and straight before they applied the '49's custom-mixed burnt orange exterior. Juxtaposing the burnt orange is bright Billet Specialties Rat Tail wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber.
Armando's Custom Upholstery was the last stop the Chevy made before completion. At Armando's they installed the custom-stitched brown and tan leather interior. They also built the custom center console, which houses a Pioneer multimedia head unit, and door panels. Dakota Digital gauges and a Billet Specialties steering wheel were also thrown into the mix.
Now that the truck is completed and on the road, Craig and Cindy once again have something to look forward to, because C&C is currently funding a '67 Chevy pickup!
Out back, the '49 sports Billet...
Out back, the '49 sports Billet Specialties 20x10 Rat Tail wheels wrapped in 265/30 BFGoodrich rubber, and up front things measure out to 18x9 with 255/45 rubber.
Bliggity bling! This ZZ4 is...
Bliggity bling! This ZZ4 is outfitted with every aftermarket piece of billet bling available, including a Vintage Air billet A/C pump.