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1979 Chevrolet C30 - Lone Star Dualie

When Three Wrongs Equal a Big Right

Phil Gordon
Jul 22, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
They say that your roots determine where you go in life. For Tomball, Texas, native Justin Berry, big trucks were in his roots and eventually became his passion. Justin's grandmother drove 18-wheeler trucks for a living and Justin thought that was the coolest job ever. His mother would take him to local shows and let him wander around and look at every truck. "I think she was hoping I would grow out of this expensive phase of my life," Justin says, "If only she knew how much it would grow."
Photo 2/9   |   1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie Shaved Tailgate
Luckily, his favorite trucks shrunk a bit, but soon Justin started looking around through dualie forums and came across a '79 Chevrolet C30 dualie that someone had lost interest in building. When a deal was struck and the truck was delivered to Justin, it wasn't quite what he expected and he knew it would take much more work than he planned. But building this truck became his passion, and he wasn't going to give up, so he purchased two different trucks for parts to make things easier.
Justin rented a 1,200-square-foot shop because the large truck wouldn't fit in a standard garage. The dualie was brought in and with the help of good friend Charles Kell, they stripped it down to bare frame. They finished some much needed frame work and threw away the cab, bed and front end. The truck was rebuilt back to a rolling chassis with just a motor and transmission. The trucks he bought for parts came in handy replacing parts, most notably the cab. Charles and Scott Rupp helped with all the bodywork and modifications along the way.
Photo 3/9   |   1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie Steering Wheel
Once the Chevy was primed and ready for paint, Justin brought it to Kustom Werx, where Justin previously had been the painter. Owner Cory Scott gave Justin room to lay down the Nissan Electric Blue paint throughout the large truck. Pat Maxwell was called in for some airbrush and simulated chrome trim work. For the inside, Justin wanted to keep it simple and clean so he ordered original parts from LMC Truck. He and Scott replaced everything in the cabin from the carpet to the window switches.
The motor was a strong 454 big-block, so there wasn't much upgrading to do. It was painted and cleaned up by Justin and Scott and dropped back in. Justin sent his factory-style Alcoa wheels to Dima Wheels in Houston to have a design cut into them. From there the dualie was brought to 2920 Customs for the stereo install. Soon Justin was out on the show circuit earning accolades all over the south.
Photo 4/9   |   1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie Passenger Side Front View
Justin wishes to thank everyone who helped with the build including Cory Scott, Charles Kell, Scott Rupp, his wife Emily Berry, his mother Jackie Anderson, and his son Grayson Berry. He hopes that his son watching him build this perfectly built machine leaves him with the same passion that he had as a child.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie
Owner and City/State: Justin Berry; Tomball, Texas
Club Affiliation: Eksessiv
Photo 8/9   |   1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie 454 Big Block
Chassis: 2x4 fully boxed frame, 1 1/2 -inch Z'd front clip
Front Suspension: 3/4-ton rotors and brakes with extended upper and lower control arms, Dominator 2600 'bags
Rear Suspension: four-link, Dominator 2800 'bags
Drivetrain
Engine: 454 big block, Holley 750 carburetor
Rearend: Chevy one-ton single wheel axle, narrowed with stock gears
Body
Shaved firewall, custom painted chrome trim, suicide rear door kit from SuicideDoors.com, raised rear dualie fenders, shaved tailgate and gas door, sixteen 1/2-inch flush mounted LED's by Hitechled.com, raised bed floor, custom front wheel tubs, door handles, mirrors, drip rails and bumpers all painted
Photo 9/9   |   1979 Chevrolet C30 Dualie Original Black On Black Interior
Interior
All original black on black, billet specialties steering wheel, billet dash, billet door panels, rear bench seat
Stereo: Kenwood head unit, JL Audio kick panels, 6 1/2 inchers with tweeters, two JL Audio 10-inch with two JL Audio 400-watt amplifiers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22-inch Alcoa's custom-cut by Dima Wheels
Tires: 265/35R22 and 265/40R22, Toyo

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