After an emotional and heartwarming start to Season 6 of Overhaulin’, it was time to get back to work.  This second project actually began before the Impala from the first episode was complete.  It’s all a part of the new structure of the show, as we’re overlapping some of the builds in order to streamline the process. 

CHUCK - our mark

Chuck, never could quite get around to completing his restoration on his beloved 1954 Chevy pickup truck.  It was more important that he make sure he put his twin daughters through college.  And Chuck knows the value of a good education, he recently retired last year from a long career as a high school teacher and coach. 

Chuck actually inherited his pickup from his late aunt, Cathleen, who had bought the truck brand new.  It was always his dream to restore its beauty and make his aunt proud.  Well, the Overhaulin’ A team was up for the task and the long hours ahead.

On what would have been the very first day of a new school year, had he not retired the previous year, Chuck was surprised on his very first day of retirement with his overhauled truck.  He was joined by his loving family at his favorite restaurant when the unveil was made and he’s now a member of our Overhaulin’ family!  Congratulations Chuck!


OVERHAULED - What was done

Amongst the most noticeable issues was the frame, it was obvious that it had been heavily modified earlier in its life.  The decision was made to completely replace it, so a stock frame from an original ’54 was found and used.  Interestingly, the chassis on Chevy pickups from 1948-53 are all essentially the same; 1954 is unique, which required a little searching. 

Chip set to work on the custom modifications; he narrowed and flipped the rear bumper which allowed the Magnaflow exhaust and license plate to be grouped together underneath the bumper.  The tailgate received special attention as the inner portion was cut out and replaced with that of a 1953 Chevy tailgate, which was welded and smoothed in order to fit.  Chip preferred the rounder letters from the ’53.  The change was easier to manage because the tailgate on a ’54 is taller than a ’53.  Also, two 1939 Chevy passenger car tail lights were reworked to fit into the bedside pockets.  Wooden stakes were added to the bedside and accented with steel plates on either side.  The steel plates were fabricated and painted, then hand-lettered by Dennis Ricklefs in gold leaf with the initials of the owner (and its previous owners).  This special touch revealed the trucks new name, the C.S. Special. 

The A team replaced the engine, installing a new Summit 350 small block crate motor.  They lettered and painted the valve covers and added a Holley carburetor.  Underneath, TCI suspension parts were utilized.  The interior was transformed, including all new gauges, a new banjo style steering wheel and painted dashboard.  Going for an original retro look on the wheels, Chip contacted Wheelsmith out of Corona, CA who supplied the steel wheels.  They were powder-coated by Specialized of Huntington Beach, CA and wrapped with new Pirelli Scorpion STR tires.   The rears were 255/65/16 and the fronts were 215/65/16.  A new grill was also included, but not wanting to chrome the inner valance, Chip decided to paint it, adding a different dimension.  Chip finished the design with a two-color paint scheme, a rich burgundy body accented by black fenders.