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Is your truck high and mighty? Outfitted for any outdoor adventure? A cool custom with an aged patina? The truck category is for you! Share your special truck here – from antique farm truck to today’s hi-tech versions.

This category will be judged by Mark Oja, founder of California Speed and Custom and A-Team Build Lead on the classic “Overhaulin’” series.

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Daryl Dudas

Make/Model: Ford / F-100

Year: 1956

Brand of Paint Used: PPG

Special Modifications: I purchased this truck with close to a 20-year old build on it and spent the last year during the pandemic taking everything apart and upgrading areas that I thought should be. The paint, interior and body were done in the early 2000’s and after some color sanding and hand rubbing, it looks as perfect as the day it was first completed.

Being an engine builder and machinist in my early ages I couldn’t resist taking the 460 apart and stepping it up quite a bit. The original build was done with 15" steelies and the under hood was finished with a mild factory / custom appearance. The whine of the straight cut geared Winters Quick-Change rearend was more than I wanted to listen to daily so I reset the axle with helical cut gears.

My vision was to transform this truck to a simple classic hot rod look with a bunch of chrome work and polished aluminum and plenty of horsepower to back it up along with the ability to be a rock solid reliable machine. Items I had added like the big Griffin radiator, the March Serpentine system, TCI transmission, and aluminum driveline all helped step up the reliability. There isn’t one wire, nut, bolt, or bracket that I haven’t had my hands on during my upgrading, spending countless hours underneath this beauty.

It features

  • Ford 514 stroker motor
  • H-beam rods and forged steel crankshaft
  • Crane .590 / .614 lift hydraulic roller cam
  • Harland Sharp roller rockers
  • Ported , polished, and flowed cast iron heads with oversized stainless steel valves
  • Trick Flow intake manifold
  • Quick Fuel 750 cfm. carb w/ Wilson Manifolds tapered spacer
  • March Style Track Serpentine System
  • Vintage A/C with all hoses hidden in wheel well with bulkheads
  • Griffin polished radiator
  • TCI C-6 Street Fighter transmission w/ 2500 stall convertor
  • Flowmaster Stainless Steel Super 40 mufflers with custom exhaust system
  • Winters Quick Change rearend w/ 3.19 helical gears and Dutchman axles
  • Inland Driveshaft 3-1/2" aluminum driveline
  • Fatman Fabrications complete chassis with Heidts Mustang II front suspension, power rack and rear 4 link
  • Polished Ridetech custom fabricated stainless steel rear 4 link bars with their new R joints
  • 4 wheel power disc brakes with cross drilled and slotted rotors
  • Custom frenched in Moon Tank plumbed as a vented catch can for the overflow
  • Eddie Machine billet hood hinges
  • All polished stainless steel button head bolts under hood
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender support rod mounts
  • Widened steel rear fenders and sectioned steel running boards
  • Tucked front and rear bumpers
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender braces and mounts with heim joints
  • Fabricated polished billet exhaust mounts
  • Cowl vents removed and grafted into center dash as a 3rd A/C vent
  • All steel truck with beautiful body and paintwork performed by Jack Honse of Mansfield, Ohio
  • Frame and complete underneath painted to match the truck
  • New bed with custom woodwork and bull nosed aluminum strips and hidden fasteners
  • LED tail lights with billet mounts and hidden wiring
  • Fabricated polished billet rear license plate mount to relocate plate
  • All new safety glass
  • Bench seat back sectioned 1-1/2" for flush fit to rear window
  • Custom Old School upholstery work in a combination of leather and naugahyde
  • Classic Instruments gauges
  • This is a complete frame off restoration with every nut, bolt, clip, wire, hose, etc., etc. replaced and upgraded with only the best pieces available
  • American Racing 2 piece Torque Thrust wheels with custom center caps

…I’m sure I’ve left a bunch of other details out




Joseph Hearn

Make/Model: Dodge Ram

Year: 1985

Brand of Paint: PPG

Special Modifications: I love old Dodge Trucks. I have driven one every day for last 20 years, first a 1987 and then this 1985. Color not original, just set up for beaches and about town

Bruce Gracie

Make/Model: GMC Sierra

Year: 2001

Brand of Paint Used: BASF Glasurit

Company: CARSTAR Gapsch

Special Modifications: I’m 16 years old. My dad and I built this truck together during COVID. I couldn’t go to school, so I worked in the front shop during the day and when we would clock out we would work on it every night for a couple of hours. The money I made from working went right into the truck. He told me to go in the mixing room and find a color so I came out with this.

Three stage paint, Btr stage 3 cam, long tube headers, complete stainless 3 inch exhaust, 8 inches of lift. 35 inch tires on 22×12 wheels. 2006 front end and 3 inch cowl hood.

Gary Unverzagt

Make/Model: 406 Diamond T Truck

Year: 1939

Special Modifications: This was a barn find in West Virginia. It was in pretty rough shape. It is a total frame-off restoration. The only modification is 6 voltage upgraded to 12 voltage. Everything else is reconditioned to original. Every nut, bolt and part was reconditioned or replaced. A lot of missing parts were remanufactured in my shop. I rebuilt the motor, transmission, rear, brake system and the electrical system. Did all the body work. I remade some chrome strips. Made truck ready for final paint and chrome. I designed and built the wooden body by myself. I am a retired firefighter and work in my shop on old cars n trucks 5-7 days a week as a hobby with little previous experience. Photos from start to finish are available. 

Don Porter

Make/Model: Ford F100 Style Side Pickup

Year: 1974

Brand of Paint Used: Gentec Base with Blackfire Euro Clear (Lusid Technology)

Special Modifications: This 1974 F100 was the first and only truck my father owned. It took me years to finally take possession of it. It is a frame off restoration as close to original as possible. The original vehicle had a 302 V8. Vehicle now has a FE 360. Engine with the original oil bath breather. It also has a behind the seat sound system. The current colors on the vehicle are the original factory color codes. My dad loved this truck and I wanted to restore it and keep it in the family. 

Jim Daimus

Make/Model: Chevy 3100 pickup

Year: 1954

Brand of Paint: Limco

Special Modifications: Smoothed hood (old school lead), welded grill sections and smoothed, ’56 Chevy pickup front turn signal lights frenched in, ’59 Cadillac rear tail lights frenched in, Volare IFS with Fatman 2″ drop spindles, 9′ Ford rear, ’85 Camaro Z28 TPI engine, 700R4 trans, custom white cedar bed with Chevy bow tie, front & rear bumpers tucked in, removed old license plate light & bracket and installed tag with 2 LED motorcycle bolts, cut out the back of the gauge clusters & inserted new gauges to retain original look, used a 68 Chevelle wire harness & fuse block & was happy to find the color code was the same.

I bought the truck in 1972 right off a farm in MD for $325 to use as a work truck for my part time contracting work. It was painted barn red with a paint brush. Sometime later I shot it with a metallic green paint. In the 90’s I changed color to a Cadillac Firemist. In 2004 it was time to repair all the rust spots, get rid of the old suspension, 6 volt, 6 cylinder stick shift as it was no longer my “shop truck”. Painted it a 1989 Cadillac Allante Burgandy Irid over Dupont primer in my plastic wrapped wall, wet floor garage with a furnace filter over a box fan in the window. Its has done well at shows and made the cover and inside the 2020-21 Cragar Calendar. Had help with the suspension but all the mods, paint, bed, interior except the seat were sweated over by me. Not all fun for sure but rewarding in the end.

David Tate

Make/Model: Chevy C-60 and Chevy C-10

Year: Both 1965

Brand of Paint: Not much in the last 20 years!

Special Modifications:

This 1965 Chevy C-60 flatbed is on 2002 Dodge 3500 chassis, with Cummins 13 valve diesel turbo. Intercooler. With Ford king ranch 2013 interior. Original patina and custom herringbone flatbed. On the bed is a 1965 Chevy C-10, 383 stroker eng. It was too unique not to bring home!


Michael Neal

Dodge D100

Year: 1957


Special Modifications:

This classic Dodge truck sports a 318 w/Holley Street Avenger and Weiand intake. MSD HEI ignition. 727 Torqflite, complete Painless wiring harness. Custom addition of power steering w/GM style tilt column. Seats and console from Dodge Dakota. Ceramic coated block hugger headers, 2.5″ dual exhaust with X-pipe.

Purchased in ’18 on ebay from the third owner who either lost interest or money. It spent time in Maine, Indiana and ultimately in Iowa. It gets allot of attention at cars shows considering it’s a one year only body style, unfortunately we don’t get any recognitions. It runs and drives very well and the wife and I enjoy taking it to shows, and that’s all that really matters!

Chris Shepherd

Ford Bronco

Year: 1971

Paint: Original Blue Aqua

Special Modifications:

– Upgraded Manual Brakes to Power
– Drum to disc fronts
– New seats
– Vintage look / new tech radio
– 2.5 inch Wild Horses suspension lift
– 2 inch Wild Horses body lift
– 33 inch BFG all-terrain tires
– Mickey Thompson wheels
– New SS exhaust

Ten years ago, my wife asked my father-in-law (amazing man, saint, now passed) to find an “uncut” early Bronco for me/my birthday. They found this Bronco on eBay from Thurmond, SC (2nd owner) and death by a thousand questions, ended up purchasing, having it shipped and surprising me. It is a special member of the family as my three boys and I have spent time working together. The memories and connections which the Bronco has prompted are invaluable. Thank you for viewing.

Clint Marlow

F150 XLT

Year: 1990

Special Modifications: None! 5.0 V8, Auto, Air Conditioning, Power windows and locks, Cruise Control. All the options 1990 had to offer! And it only has 51K miles!

Tell Us Your Story! Not much to look at from a paint perspective but the body is straight and rust free. A bit of a time capsule when you enter the interior with the bright red velour interior. It’s a blast to drive and looks just great next to my 2015  F150 and 2019 Super Duty.