Given the number of projects that are under construction in the Source Interlink Tech Center it often comes as a surprise that it’s, for the most part, a one-man show. And while any number of editors can be found there spinning wrenches when they can sneak away from their computers, Jason Scudellari is often the guy installing parts and getting his hands dirty—hence his aliases, Installation Jason or I.J. for short.

While Jason has his hands full with a variety of in-house projects, he does get a chance to work on his own stuff from time to time. His latest undertaking is a 1956 Chevy pickup that is being built with an emphasis on performance, specifically carving corners on the track and at autocross events.

To give the truck a competitive edge the engine has been moved back 6 inches to get more weight to the rear wheels. In addition, a Wilwood swing pedal assembly has been added, which includes three master cylinders, one for the clutch and two for the brakes. The brake master cylinders are operated via a balance bar on the pedal assembly that allows for quick and easy brake bias adjustments—just the thing for getting deep into the corners and shaving a few ticks off the stopwatch.

Relocating the engine, mounting the pedals, and hanging the Flaming River steering column all meant one thing—the truck was going to require a custom firewall. So, during those rare moments without the usual deadline-driven demands on his time, Jason turned his attention to the making the necessary modifications. Too bad the nickname Fabrication Jason doesn't sound quite right.