Although he had never done it before, armed with tech articles from CT, he chopped 3 inches from the top, repositioning the rear window lower in the body rather than cutting the glass. He frenched the headlights, eliminated the parking lights, and after removing the front bumper, reshaped the grille with a lower air dam. The new headlights incorporate turn signals. It took a few beers before he had the courage to cut the Chevy Bowties in the hood with an air saw, but he got it right the first time. Although the running boards are original, they now feature inlaid chrome strips on top with side-exiting exhausts on the bottom. Of course, the truck was fitted with a set of Corvette taillights in the new rear pan.

Moving inside, Jerry transplanted a distinctive 1959 Chevrolet dash, adding Auto Meter gauges and creating a fiberglass center console to hold all the controls. Olds Bravada seats were the perfect choice, pampering occupants yet slim enough to fit the tight confines of the vintage truck. The interior was stitched by Quality Upholstery in Statesville, North Carolina, using rich Italian leather on the seats, door panels, headliner, and even the floor. Since the master cylinder and the battery are still under the floor, removable panels are preferable to carpet. Creature comforts include a Kenwood stereo system with DVD and satellite radio, air-conditioning, and power windows, making this truck the perfect long-distance cruiser. Thanks to his good friend and expert woodworker, Malcolm Reese, the bed floor was created with quarter sawn oak, inlaid with African hardwood on either side of the painted steel strips. The final step was paint and like almost everything else on the truck, Jerry handled the PPG Ferrari Red paintjob himself. Black inserts on the hood add a distinctive touch.

Is Jerry happy with the results of the three-year build? “I have a Z06 Corvette and between the suspension and motor upgrades, the truck drives just like it. It will make the most beautiful set of black marks you ever saw. All my buddies have Corvettes and hot rods and we like going to shows together. Sharing good times with friends is a great way to live life.” We couldn’t agree more. CT

Jerry Lyndon

Statesville, North Carolina
1954 Chevy 3100

Frame: modified stock, Flat Out Engineering components
Modifications: boxed rails, reassembled using ’96 Corvette components
Rearend / Ratio: Corvette / 3.73:1
Rear suspension: Corvette IRS
Rear brakes: disc
Front suspension: ’96 Corvette
Front brakes: disc
Steering: Corvette
Front wheels: Foose
Rear wheels: Foose
Front tires: Nitto 245/35ZR20
Rear tires: Nitto 275/35ZR20
Gas tank: custom

Engine: ’09 Chevrolet 502ci, by Heintz Bros., Statesville, NC
Heads: aluminum
Valve covers: billet aluminum
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / 850-cfm Holley
Ignition: GM
Headers: Sanderson
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom polished stainless / Magnaflow
Transmission: TH400
Modifications: Michael Harrison, Columbia, SC
Shifter: floor

Style: 3100 pickup
Modifications: 3-inch chop, shaved, relocated fuel filler
Fenders front / rear: modified stock
Hood: modified stock
Grille: stock
Bed: custom
Bodywork and paint by: Jerry Lyndon
Paint type / Color: PPG / Ferrari Red
Headlights / Taillights: custom Tri-Lights / ’67 Corvette
Outside mirrors: billet
Bumpers: none

Dashboard: ’59 Impala
Gauges: Auto Meter
Air conditioning: Rainbow
Steering wheel: billet
Steering column: ididit
Seat: Oldsmobile
Upholstery by: Steve A., Statesville, NC
Material / Color: leather / tan
Carpet: leather