There was only one problem with the truck: It was blue. Tony wanted a red pickup so with careful planning and teardown of the fenders, bed panels, tailgate, and running boards the '49 was ready for the bodywork. He sent the Chevy over to Speed Shop Custom Paint in Corona. The next step was picking what color red he wanted to paint the truck. The easiest way Tony could think of picking the color was to check out other vehicles while he was driving his delivery truck. A few reds grabbed his attention but all it took was a '08 Dodge Charger to drive by to make Tony realize that it was that red he had to have. So he asked Tony Carrerra the painter at Speed Shop Custom Paint to find out what it would take to match the color of the Charger. A PPG Deltron 2000 PR-3 red was mixed to specs and both Tony and Carrerra matched it to a Dodge catalog.

After the paint was done and cured Tony towed the '49 back to his house for final assembly. This was the most challenging part of the build for Tony because for some reason the running boards didn't want to fit and he ended up scratching the paint. Other than some minor touch-ups and some stressful nights of hanging parts, the truck was finally altogether.

What does Tony have planned for the truck? "The truck is not done yet, and there are few small details I would like to get to before I can call it a finished project," he says. "I plan on taking it to a few local car shows and also driving to Long Beach, where my grandkids live."

Tony Range
Corona, California
1949 Chevrolet

CHASSIS FRAME: '49 Chevy
MODIFICATIONS: IFS
REAREND / RATIO: Currie 12-bolt / 3.83:1
REAR SUSPENSION: monoleaf
REAR BRAKES: CPP disc
FRONT SUSPENSION: CPP Mustang II
FRONT BRAKES: CPP disc
STEERING BOX: rack-and-pinion
FRONT WHEELS: 15x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothies
REAR WHEELS: 15x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothies
FRONT TIRES: 215/75R15 Coker Classics radial whitewall
REAR TIRES: 285/75R15 Coker Classics radial whitewall
GAS TANK: stock
DRIVETRAIN ENGINE: 350 crate
HEADS: stock
VALVE COVERS: finned aluminum
MANIFOLD: Edelbrock Performer
IGNITION: MSD
HEADERS: Hedman block huggers
EXHAUST / MUFFLERS: 2½ / MagnaFlow dual exhaust
TRANSMISSION: TH350
MODIFICATIONS: mild cam
SHIFTER: Lokar