This team of Chevy workhorses (they actually do work for a living) was shared with us by Floyd Rutledge of Rutledge Manufacturing Company, which specializes in ornamental ironwork and welding. Most of the work was done by the Rutledge’s employees, who drive some of the coolest shop trucks in Austin, Texas.
Rutledge traded some fence repair with local DJ Bama Brown for this ’54 Chevy truck, and built it into a heavy-duty welding rig. The cab rests on an ’85 Suburban chassis, fortified with 2,400-pound extra springs help tote the steel used in the business. The front clip came from a ’48 Chevy. The bed was fabricated from a 5x20-foot sheet of deck plate with four extra leafs added to the ’85 rearend. The drivetrain consists of a Chevy 350 with 2.02 heads and Sanderson Blockhuggers, backed up by a TH350 transmission. Luxury upgrades include electric wipers and air conditioning. The door signs were custom designed by Gary Greene of Austin, and look as if they came right out of the ’50s. Since its completion in 2007, the ’54 has logged more than 35,000 miles. And thanks to the frame-mounted gooseneck hookup, the truck can pull a 24-foot trailer.
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