Custom 1930 Chevrolet Truck - Team Effort

Two Guys, a Truck, and a Really Cool Boss

Calin Head
Apr 1, 2006
Photographers: Gary Blount
Photo 2/15   |   1930 Chevrolet Truck rear Drivers Side View
Ever wonder how some people find their projects? You always hear tales of the guy who spotted some badass ride just sitting in the back yard getting overgrown in weeds and after some haggling he takes it home for a song. Well, this is one of those stories-not quite the same, but still cool. Stan Kratowicz and Greg Manker showed up to work one day to find their boss Jim Linder standing there with an odd look on his face. Stan and Greg looked at each other and inquired what was up with Jim, and then he hit them with it. "I got you guys something, but you have to make a choice. You can have these two gold watches or what's in the mystery box." The guys thought to themselves, A watch is a watch, but the mystery box could be anything! It could even be a watch! Now that's not really how it all went down, but it sure sounds funny.
What really happened was their boss gave them this truck as a bonus for all the hard work they had done for him. They also received a credit account at a few local parts suppliers to buy everything else to make the truck road-worthy. The cab of the truck was bought off of eBay and shipped to them in Indiana from San Francisco. Once it showed up, everyone in the shop came to help build this truck, which only took 96 days from start to finish-not too shabby by any means.
Photo 3/15   |   1930 Chevrolet Truck drivers Side View
Since they were starting with just a cab, there were a few things they needed, such as a frame and a bed. Tom Culbertsons, of Culbertsons' Customs, constructed a full tube chassis and a bed from scratch for the project, as well as providing a '37 Ford front axle and '57 9-inch. That's right. What sets this truck apart from most of these early rods is this one is a Chevy built with Ford parts. Stan and Greg would like to give special thanks to Terry Engile, Uncle Walt Hergenroether, Bondo at T.K. Customs, Tom Culbertsons of Culbertsons' Customs, everybody at the shop, and of course, Jim Linder who started this whole thing.
The 411

Owner/hometown: Stan Kratowicz and Greg Manker / Indianapolis, Indiana

Year/make/model: '30 Chevrolet Truck

Engine/drivetrain: 283ci small-block pulled from a '58 Impala / Holley carb / Avon Transmission built two-speed Powerglide / 2,500-stall converter / Genie shifter / Ram horn manifolds / dual glass packs

Wheels/tires: 16-inch Ford Smoothies with 3-inch backspacing / 16x5-inch biasply Firestone wide whites

Chassis: Custom tube designed and built by Culbertsons Customs

Suspension: '37 Ford axle with a de-arched spring in the front / friction-style shocks / '57 Ford 9-inch with 28-spline axles and 3.00 gear ratio / Vega steering box

Fabricator: Tom Culbertsons / Liner Technologies / owners

Body Mods: Handmade bed / '28 Chrysler headlights / chopped Model T windshield / 2-inch sectioned cab

Bodywork: Culbertsons Customs / T.K. Customs in Indianapolis, Indiana

Custom Paint: '84 Olds Cutlass Blue with a flatting agent sprayed by T.K. Customs / cream and red pinstriping by 17-year-old Von Dust

Interior: MG seats in blue vinyl / Stewart-Warner gauges / '49 Merc steering Wheel

Upholsterer: Stitches in Indianapolis, Indiana

Audio/video: Small-block and dual pipes

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