When it came time to address the body, Phil never having taken on such an involved body restoration project, looked to good friend Chris Layton of Chris’ Restoration in his hometown since they had worked together on many of his past builds. Phil was determined to continue onward with the project by doing everything himself and with Chris’ guidance it was all smooth sailing. Chris explained to Phil that patience and attention to detail was the key to good metal and bodywork, promising that there was no special voodoo spell that could make the job easy. After evaluating the metal work, Phil got started by repairing the rust and dents to the cab and fenders, incorporating a ’40 Chevy bed to fit, frenching the headlights, and shortening a set of long-bed running boards to fit. Somewhere along the trucks life, its front fenders had been replaced with ’39 units which utilized pedestal-mounted headlights, a feature which Tonyea always admired so their added style gave the truck additional allure. To add a bit of custom flair a stock ’36 Buick front bumper was added as was a narrowed and shortened ’49 Plymouth rear bumper. With all the body work completed and blocked to perfection, it was time for Phil to lay down a soft and subtle glaze of Diamont beige and green vibe bringing the truck to life.

With the truck now in the reassembly stages and ready for its interior to be addressed, Phil forged on by first assembling the right combination of parts including a Burney custom bench seat and fabricating custom interior panels fashioned from a combination of ABS and fiberglass. With a debut show fast approaching, the interior design and layout was handed over to Kevin Statten of Milford, Delaware, to stitch up a memorable business office for Tonyea using butter soft Ultra Leather in a combination of deep green and buff accented by beige square weave carpeting. While at the upholstery shop, Phil got busy completing the bed with custom cut ash wood sourced from a local cabinet making shop. With the trucks new threads in place, Phil continued on installing a bevy of components including power windows, vents, and windshield, cool air by Danhard, and tunes by Custom Auto Sound. A custom dash insert designed by Phil and milled by Jack Dickerson at Progressive Machining in Milford, Delaware houses Classic Instruments dials while shifting is by Lokar and navigation is handled by an ididit column crowned by a Lecarra Mk10 steering wheel. All we can say is that Phil’s dedicated efforts and Tonyea’s design elements have created one of the most inspiring Dodge haulers we have come across in recent memory. Tonyea has been driving the wheels off the truck since completed and to us that’s downright bitchin’! We can hardly wait to see what rolls out of Phil’s shop next.

Phil & Tonya Mead

Lewes, DE
1941 Dodge


Frame: Modified stock
Modifications: Boxed, C’d, custom crossmembers
Rearend / Ratio: Ford 8.8 / 4.10:1
Rear suspension: Posie’s Super Slide springs, Pete & Jakes shocks
Rear brakes: Disc
Front suspension: Fat Man Fabrication IFS
Front brakes: Disc
Steering box: rack & pinion
Front wheels: 16x7 Wheel Smith
Rear wheels: 16x8 Wheel Smith
Front tires: Diamond Back wide whites
Rear tires: Diamond Back wide whites
Gas tank: Custom


Engine: ’95 Chevrolet 350
Heads: Iron
Valve covers: Chevrolet
Manifold / Induction: ’90 Corvette / TPI
Ignition: HEI
Headers: Block hugger
Exhaust / Mufflers: Custom / turbo
Transmission: 700R4
Shifter: Lokar


Style: Pickup
Fenders front / rear: Stock / stock
Hood: ’39 Dodge
Grille: ’39 Dodge
Bed: ’40 Chevy
Bodywork and paint by: Chris Layton, Phil Mead
Paint type / Color: Diamont / beige / green
Headlights / Taillights: ’39 Dodge
Bumpers: Modified ’36 Buick in front, modified ’49 Plymouth rear


Dashboard: Modified stock
Gauges: Classic Instruments
Air conditioning: Danhard
Stereo: Custom Autosound
Steering wheel: Lecara
Steering column: ididit
Seats: Custom bench by Burney
Upholstery by: Kevin Statten
Material / Color: Ultra Leather / green, buff
Carpet: Lt. gray