The exterior of Jason’s ’41 is where things really look different. Joe Baird said there were at least forty-two major changes that contribute to the Chevy’s radical departure from its stock appearance. The first and most obvious is its deep 4½-inch chop with a cab full of dark-tinted glass by Adam’s Glass Shop. The ’37 Ford hood and front fenders are another area where major custom fabrication has taken place. The left side of the hood was flipped to the right side, and followed up with steel sheets formed to make up the running board. On the left side, the right hood side was flipped to match the opposite side, and ditto for the running board. In the tradition of the bed on the Rod & Custom “Dream Truck” where Bob Metz of Shelbyville, Indiana, had rounded the front bedrails to contour with the cab many years ago, Joe shaped the ’41’s bedrails. Indy racer Bernie Hallisky is the guy responsible for custom-making the front bumpers and roll pan. The “home of chrome” since 1970, Shelby Plating handled all of the brightwork on the ’41.
The paint on Jason’s ’41 was done in-house by Baird’s; it’s a special mix using DuPont products from start to finish. Joe and Sean Kamlieter are the painters responsible for shooting it, while Danny Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky, gets the nod for striping it. Jason said the experience he learned from working with Joe Baird has inspired him to become a mechanical engineer—He’ll probably retire rich before he’s thirty! (Editor’s note: Turns out Jason selected Rhode Island School of Engineering as his source for higher learning . Good luck Jason!) CCT