On the cab, Robert fixed one rotted corner of the cab, and the air vents were welded shut and leveled to smooth out the body. The windshield was next. Robert purchased a one-piece curved unit with tint for comfort.
The rear fenders were beyond repair, so they were replaced with new ones. The entire bed and tailgate are new steel units, purchased from Mar-K Company. The entire body was then straightened and primed in red Glasurit urethane primer and prepped for final paint.
The body was coated by Robert himself in Glasurit “Tahitian Sunset Red” urethane. It’s a color-shifting holographic paint. In direct light you can easily see four different colors popping, from near whites to gold, orange and red hues. It’s a sight to see. After the paint cured, it was wet sanded and buffed out to a miraculous shine. The bed wood was then prepped, stained Ipswich, and cleared with eight coats of urethane.
Final assembly was done in Robert’s garage behind his home in Long Island. The motor was laid softly between the newly fabricated inner fenders. Sanderson headers were added, hooked to 2½-inch pipes leading into Flowmasters. The tailpipe was redirected to come out of the center, under the license plate. Fuel is supplied by a new custom stainless tank by Valley.
In the cab, this truck has been implemented with some modern creature comforts. A/C and heat are supplied by Vintage Air, and the control panel is frenched into the dash. The interior soft goods were replenished by J&J Upholstery in Glen Cove, New York, a new shop that’s made a name for itself doing great work at reasonable prices. Sound is supplied by a 3,000-watt Alpine amp feeding a 10-inch sub under the seat. A Pioneer GPS 7-inch radio is the brain to all this mayhem. The interior is a Tea’s split-back bench seat covered in brown Ostrich California leather. Its hue nicely complements the orange shifting patterns on the truck’s skin.
First off, Robert would like to thank his dad, Ernie, who at a young 85 years of age, still helps out with all of Rob’s projects, and inspired him to go into the body and fender business. Without dad’s support, this build would never have come to fruition.
A special thanks goes out to Dennis Cataldo; you might remember his beautiful Studebaker truck that graced the pages of this here magazine a few months back. Dennis’ shop, Dentz Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York, was used to spray the bed body panels during the build. Marty Cohen and Gibraltar Collision in Floral Park, New York, were used for the exterior paint on the cab, doors and hood panels.
For now, Robert cruises consistently all over the Metro New York area showing off his prized ride. And he loves the way the build all came together and logs some pretty heavy miles cruising in the Tahitian Orange Chevy each summer. No plans for any changes, as he’s just happy as heck that the nasty chicken coop smell is out of the cab, and had it replaced with some sweet-smelling leather.