Cameron Glendenning, Culver City, CA
A worn finish on a classic truck is like the lines on an old person’s time-worn face—it reveals life. That’s how Cameron Glendenning explains it. He was looking for a five-window when he saw this ’58 GMC big-window on eBay. He had no idea what to expect as he drove across town to see it, so when he got to the Burbank address, his eyes must have lit up. It was Delmo’s Speed & Kustom. He was impressed by Del and by the trucks in the yard, including the Nacho Truck. “I pointed to Nacho and said, ‘Make the black truck look like that!’”
Two years later, Cameron drives the GMC every day, taking his son to school in the morning before making his 25-mile commute to work. “It looks like an old farm truck that doesn’t drive like an old farm truck,” he says. “I figure if you have to commute you might as well have fun doing it.”
No Limit suspension components improve the ride and handling. Anti-sway bars are installed front and rear, along with coilover shocks. The rear was built with a four-link and a ’69 Camaro rearend with 3.70:1 ring and pinion and limited slip.
Only people familiar with Delmo-built trucks expect to find a 5.7L LS1 from an ’02 Camaro under the hood, connected to a 4L60E electronic transmission.
Wheels & Tires
BFGoodrich Silvertown wide white radials, 245/60R15s and 225/60R15s, were mounted on 15x8 and 15x7 steel O.E. style wheels from Wheel Vintiques, with center bullets on the rears.
The time-honored paint is contrasted by bright chrome all over the front of the GMC. New bed wood and replacement taillights were installed at Delmo’s.
Brown leather was used to reupholster the bench. The dash got some new instruments. A Rockford Fosgate audio system is heard but not seen.
Paul Friedman, Venice, CA
This ’56, aka the shiny one, proves that nice paint doesn’t disguise the Delmo look. It’s all about the traditional personality inside and out, an on-the-ground ride, and cool wheels.
Paul Friedman was obsessed with finding a big-window and found his ’56 in Missouri. It had been hot rodded up to here with a blown 454, LED brake lights, and bright orange paint. A friend connected Paul to Delmo’s, where the truck was transformed into what you see now. The gray metallic paint was shot at Pedro’s Body Works in Chatsworth, California. The 454 was replaced by a 5.7-liter LS3 crate engine. “I wasn’t prepared for how much motor is in the truck,” he said, “and it handles like a race car.” We could hear him smiling over the phone.
In the two years he’s owned it, Paul has driven the Chevy almost every day. “It was built to have fun.”
Porterbuilt suspension parts were used to beef up the factory ’rails. CPP provided modular spindles. A four-link locates a Moser 3.70:1 limited slip rearend. An AccuAir system controls ride height.
The 5.7L LS3 crate engine wears Corvette valve covers, with custom headers built by Del. The 4L60E is shifted by a CPP column shifter.
Wheels & Tires
Black 20x10 and 20x8 Delmo wheels feature chromed Chevy caps. The tires are Hankook radials measuring 275/35R20 and 225/35R20.
The ’56 rolled out of Pedro’s Body Works with a fresh coat of BMW gray metallic paint. The new front bumper provides additional shine. The raised custom bed floor is fitted with oak.
The dash was finished and filled with aftermarket gauges. A ’56 Chevy car steering wheel replaces the truck wheel. The bench seat is from Glide Engineering.
Sam Castronova, Phoenix, AZ
1959 Chevy Apache
We first met Sam Castronova with a well-rusted ’58 Apache at a Scottsdale car show. A year later he was back with this ’59. At shows, he says, his preserved trucks got more looks than painted ones. The scars let everybody see their history.
The Craigslist photos of the ’59 were so bad that nobody was interested, Sam figures. It was a one-owner truck, with more rust than promised. The plan was to fix the rust and add a No Limit suspension, but things progressed from there. “The ’58 had been built cheap; the ’59 was built right,” he explained. “The battle was to avoid restoring it.”
Like the others featured here, Sam’s ’59 (nicknamed Jackalope) was built to drive daily. He added 10,000 miles in a year and a half—including the memorable trip with his daughters to pick up their Christmas tree. That’s what trucks are for.
The stock frame is upgraded with No Limit suspension components. Anti-sway bars and coilovers front and back improve the ride. The ’91 Camaro rearend with limited slip spins 3.50:1 gears.
A sheetmetal engine cowl was built to cover the ’02 LS engine. A 4L60E transmission backs up the 5.3L engine.
Wheels & Tires
These 15x7 Wheel Vintiques O.E. style wheels look great chromed. They’re matched with 710-15 Firestone wide whitewalls from Coker Tire.
New oak was installed in the bed floor, and treated with three coats of linseed oil by Sam.
The dash is untouched. The bench seat was recovered with brown leather.
Wheelin’ and Dealin’
Modified Smoothies are a big part of Delmo’s signature look. Del says the wheels were inspired by the 22- and 24-inch painted on David Neal’s yellow and white ’68 C10. He figured out a way to mount the hubcaps with clips instead of screws, and borrowed the look for his own C10.
“People saw my ’65 and all of a sudden I’m getting requests for those wheels. There’s so much demand that I’m thinking about ways to get Delmo wheels into production in the future, in a variety of sizes and caps, and a wide range of backspacing.”