This 1948 Chevy truck was started from a pile of parts in 2010 for Frank & Mary Lawrence who live here locally in Bakersfield. Frank has been working on and dreaming about building all kinds of cars and trucks since childhood. Frank's business is just down the street from Ironworks and he was involved in the entire build.
We started with 3 cabs, 8 doors and 3 hoods. We had a nice set of NOS long bed sides and running boards. We also found a nice set of front and rear fenders. The tailgate and front bed crossbar were bought reproduction. It took parts from 3 grilles to perform the grille modifications we completed.
This truck was chopped 1.5". The cab, hood and bed were sectioned 1.75". The cab was lengthened 3". The grille was narrowed 1" on each side in a tapering fashion to follow the hood line. The turn signals are from a 1957 Chevrolet truck. The bumper is a heavily modified piece from a 1969 Karmann Ghia. The rear bumper is a narrowed and sectioned bumper from a 1970 Chevrolet step side truck.
The running boards were shortened, tapered and sucked up to the bottom of the cab. The front fenders have a ton of modifications. They have been sectioned to suck the bottoms up to the cab and we reshaped the wheel openings. The fenders were modified to allow the grille to bolt directly to them. The inner fenders have been re-worked for the air intake to come through the fender.
There are about 80 body mods alone on this truck that were completed during the build. We hope you enjoy the truck as much as we did building it. This project took us a little over 15 months to complete. We unveiled it at SEMA in 2011 and since then it has received numerous awards.
The truck received the Goodguys Truck of the Year Finalist award at the 2011 Del Mar event. At the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona 2012 it received First in Class and Outstanding Radical, Full Custom, Hand Built Truck. It received a Pro's Pick award at the local Bakersfield NSRA show. And it also received a Builder's Choice Award at the Goodguys Columbus and Pleasanton events.