1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups
I originally built this truck with the sole purpose of presenting a rolling showpiece to advertise my business and show the diversity of my abilities and what could be achieved on future builds. I aimed for a quality built custom with timeless looks, complemented with modern conveniences, and a result that highlighted my skills, style, and attention to detail. This truck has helped propel my name, business, and reputation for quality work, and served it’s overall purpose as planned.It’s time for someone else to enjoy it. It’s still like new and is a pleasure to cruise. A great addition to someone’s collection, with the added option of reliable and comfortable drivability. I hope to see it go to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have.BODYCab:2” chop, tapered roof skin, deleted “eyebrow” overhang above windshield, windshield frame lowered to match height of side glass for uniform look, deleted drip rails, deleted cowl vents, rounded door corners, rounded hood corners in rear, front fenders welded solid to cab for a seamless molded look. Front valance/splash pan was reworked to fit the front bumper much nicer than stock.
Engine bay is fully molded and detailed, featuring custom firewall panels, custom inner fenders, handbuilt radiator shroud, smooth seams throughout.Bed:All seams fully welded and smoothed, inside and outside. Custom roll pan beneath tailgate, tailgate seams blended smooth with custom side sections to match the upper and lower sections. Custom tailgate cable system with hidden self-retracting cables. Front of bed was extended forward and reshaped to wrap around cab. Bed wood is quarter sawn white oak, and was hand selected at local wood supplier. All planks were then cut evenly, smoothed, fitted and gapped, stained, cleared, and finished with a sand/buff process identical to the paint on body. Mar-K stainless bed strips were then fitted, and the ends folded 90 degrees to cover the seams…an original idea that has still not been duplicated. Rear access panel is hinged, fastened with dzus fasteners, and allows access to air management system, tank, compressors, and battery.Grille:Handmade tube grille from 5/8” steel, with rounded ends. Handformed grille surround, incorporating stock turn signal bezels.Headlights/Taillights:Front headlight bezels were welded into body for a molded look, and T-3 bulbs fitted. Taillights are ’54 Buick with original stainless bezels.INTERIORUpholstery:Custom upholstery by Sean Johnstun of Fat Lucky’s. Fully detailed interior includes a molded headliner to perfectly fit the concave shape of roof. Late-model GMC bench seat, custom lower door panels blended into stock metal upper units, which were painted, with the addition of a chromed bead roll, finished off with ’54 Chevy armrests. German loop carpet with complimented with matching piping. Custom sisal floor mats similar to those used in vintage Mercedes. Upholstered panels in footwell area adjacent to running boards. Inside of glovebox has been upholstered as well.Kicker Audio sound system includes (4) 6×9 speakers located in front and rear, hidden by custom made stainless mesh incorporated into the upholstered panels. Handmade enclosure for 8” subwoofer/ 5-channel amplifier, located behind rear seat. Audio output via auxiliary cable hidden beneath seat.Dash:Stock dash was treated to a ’53 Chevy car center section, with 2 of the air conditioning vents hidden behind.Stock instrument panel, with additional gauges in a handmade housing beneath dash.Glovebox corners rounded, and gaps finessed.Steering wheel is an original ’59 Impala, restored by owner, mounted to a stock modified steering column, supported by a handmade column drop.Vintage Air Gen IV air conditioning/heating system, conveniently tucked up beneath dash, custom painted to match. Handmade control panel with green pearl acrylic knobs instead of stock versions.Chassis:Stock frame/modifiedFrame has been painted black, along with suspension components, 19 gallon fuel tank painted in contrasting silver,Brake booster painted silver. Stainless fuel line, coated steel brake lines.Front end is ’78 Trans Am clip, modified upper control arms, McGaughy’s drop spindles, handmade air bag mounts, fitted with Firestone2600lb bags.Rear frame includes Welder Series c-notch, bag mounts, and triangulated 4-linkRear differential is ’78 Trans Am, 3.23 ratio, limited slip, fully rebuilt by Unitrax in Anaheim, CA.Brakes are disc front/drum rear, controlled by a ABS Power Brake (Orange, CA) booster/master cylinder.Wheels are original ’54 Chevy, painted to match exterior, topped off with original ’51 Oldsmobile caps with color matched center emblem.Tires are Coker radial, 205/75R15Accuair e-Level air management system (5 gal tank, 2 compressors)Engine and Transmission:Chevy small block 350, with Edelbrock 600 four barrel, HEI distributor, Hedman headersTurbo 350 transmissionHandbuilt exhaust with Patriot Variflow mufflers with electronically operated cut-outs controlled by push button under dashDriveshaft from Powertrain Industries in Garden Grove, CA.Mooneyes valve covers with matching breathersRadiator is from U.S. Radiator, with a custom built shroudBody and Paint:All panels media blasted to bare metalTruck was rust free to begin with, with no rust repair neededWurth Stoneguard undercoat sealer applied to underside of cab and lower bed sides.Bodywork/paint consists of Squeeg’s Kustoms epoxy primer, PPG sealer, PPG custom mixed basecoat, topped with 3 coats of PPG white powder pearl, locked in with PPG DCU 2021 clearAll bodywork and paint by John CanepaOther details:Gennie shifter with green pearl acrylic shift knobLokar gas pedalGreen tinted glass throughoutView the fully detailed ad, including many more photos, on the website below: