The inspiration for the elegant interior began with a few photos that Matt had been carrying for years. Since the oak bed had already been stained a rich Colonial Maple, Matt wanted an interior color that would complement the bed and his choice of natural leather blends perfectly. The seats are full power buckets from a Cadillac, stitched by the specialists at Unlimited Designs in Dade City, Florida, who also created the elegant leather headliner and matching wool carpet. The custom dash is from Bitchin’ Products, originally designed for a 1937 Dodge and fitted by the crew at C&C Rod Shop in Port Richey, Florida. It holds a six-gauge Classic Instrument package and Vintage Air oval A/C outlets. When the engine is off, another form of music fills the cab thanks to the Alpine head unit in the center console, controlling the hidden Alpine amp and powering Boston Acoustik 6.5-inch component sets in the kick panels and 6x9s in the rear. Once all the details were attended to, the final step was paint. After finishing the bodywork, the C&C Rod Shop crew sprayed the distinctive Aston Martin Lightning Silver paint.

On the day that the truck was complete, Matt and Kyle headed out to a car show. Unfortunately, Matt’s conservative driving style wasn’t quick enough for Kyle who leaned over and stepped on the gas pedal. The truck fishtailed on the wet street and although they were fortunate to avoid the canal, they did wind up crashing into a tree. “A real learning experience ensued after that,” Matt says with a smile. The rebuild process began again with a new front clip and we photographed the truck shortly after it was complete for the second (third?) time. Matt says driving his new truck back to Daytona was an amazing experience, retracing the route where it all began. Although the truck had more than a few setbacks during the eight-year build, Matt says, “We can all laugh about it now. The truck came out gorgeous and everyone in the family was part of it. All of our skills and patience came a long way.” ct

Matt Majeski

Miami, Florida
1951 Chevy 3100

Frame: modified stock
Modifications: boxed, Camaro subframe
Rearend / Ratio: 10-bolt / 2.73:1
Rear suspension: Heidts four-link, QA1 coilovers
Rear brakes: Baer 14” disc
Front suspension: Camaro clip, Heidts tubular control arms, QA1 shocks
Front brakes: Baer 14” disc
Steering box: GM 605
Front wheels: 18x8 Billet Specialties
Rear wheels: 20x8.5 Billet Specialties
Front tires: Michelin
Rear tires: Michelin
Gas tank: 18-gal fuel cell

Engine: 400ci SBC
Heads: iron
Valve covers: aluminum
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / Holley 600 cfm
Ignition: HEI
Headers: Hooker
Exhaust / Mufflers: stainless / Flowmaster
Transmission: TH350
Shifter: column

Style: 3100 pickup
Modifications: top chopped 2.75”, nosed, shaved
Fenders front / rear: stock / stock
Hood: stock, filled
Grille: stock
Bed: Pro’s Pick sides
Bodywork and paint: by owner and C&C Rod Shop, Port Richey, FL
Paint type / Color: urethane / Aston Martin Lightning Silver
Headlights / Taillights: halogen / LED
Outside mirrors: sport
Bumpers: stock, front; rolled pan, rear

Dashboard: custom Bitchin’ Products
Gauges: Classic Instruments
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Alpine, Boston Acoustic
Steering wheel: Billet Specialties
Steering column: ididit
Seats: Cadillac
Upholstery by: Unlimited Design, Dade City, FL
Material: leather
Carpet: wool