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1954 Chevy 3100- Betty

An American Classic with a Juanky Twist

Phil Gordon
Oct 16, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
They say you are a product of your environment. For 35-year-old Landon Weiss of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it all started from his childhood. He grew up in Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of thousands of vehicle brands. His family worked in manufacturing plants for GM, and his love for these American machines gradually matured along with him. "I bought my first classic truck when I was 16," Landon says with a smile, "I guess I wouldn't feel complete if I didn't have an old American truck."
Photo 2/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Driver Side Rear Quarter View
Once relocated to Florida, Landon searched out local truck builders to get back on track with purchasing and building a custom truck. Landon came across Juanky Built, a shop located in Miami. Due to Juanky Ibarra's reputation of building the trucks for himself and then eventually selling his creations, Landon knew this was whom he wanted to build his truck. Juanky had recently purchased a '54 Chevy 3100 five-window, so when Landon saw the truck he brainstormed with Juanky and the build began.
Photo 3/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Custom Bench Seat
Juanky chose to use a Chevy S10 frame because based on past experiences it would work perfectly. He added Spoon upper control arms and custom-made brackets up front and powdercoated the entire frame. The rear two-link was homemade inside Juanky's shop along with the custom bag bridge. The frame was fully boxed in to give the frame more stiffness for better handling. Juanky built custom brass knuckle handles inside the Chevy to control the air ride. On the other side of the steering wheel is a suicide jockey shifter also contoured into brass knuckles. Juanky's signature is to add a bottle opener on the outside of his builds, and the '54 was no different.
Juanky turned his attention to the motor adding a Chevrolet Performance crate engine that he purchased from Summit Racing. He added a Billet Specialties pulley set and aluminum valve covers. A B&M hammer head air cleaner was added for better airflow. Joe at Bullseye Powder Coating in Miami put on beige powdercoated accents. Rounding out the engine modifications are ceramic headers, an Edelbrock carburetor, and an HEI distributer.
Photo 4/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Accuair Tank
When it came time to customize the interior, Juanky made sure everything was done right. Everything was painted beige, and East Coast Metal Works fabricated a custom bench seat. The door panels were matched to the seats. Copper tubing was run throughout the cabin to supply air to the valves. Dolphin gauges were added to the dashboard. JL Audio components and amplifiers were carefully hidden away. A Bluetooth module allows Landon to listen to anything off his phone. For the wheels, Juanky had Diesel Wheels machine the wheels and added his custom touch.
Landon wishes to thank his wife, Meredith, and, of course, Juanky and Ronald of Juanky Built in Miami, Clay's Pinstriping, Diesel Wheels, East Coast Metal Works, Bullseye Powder Coating, and everyone else who helped make this dream happen.
Photo 5/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Driver Side Front View
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1954 Chevy 3100 5 Window
Owner and City/State: Landon & Meredith Weiss, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Chassis
Suspension: JuankyBuilt S10 Chassis boxed/modified with a two-link RideTech suspension, Accuair tank with two Viair 444C compressors, Slam Specialties 'bags up front and Goodyear 'bags in the rear, JuankyBuilt brass knuckle levers
Brakes: Stock S10 disc up front, drum in the rear
Photo 6/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 350 Crate Engine
Drivetrain
Engine: 350 crate engine from Summit Racing, Billet pulley kit, Edelbrock carb, Holley Twin Sidedraft air cleaner, Headman Headers, MagnaFlow mufflers, JuankyBuilt Suicide Jockey Shifter
Trans: TH350
Rearend: Stock S10
Body
Original Patina with smoothed firewall
Photo 7/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Front Grill
Interior
Custom bench seat and door panels done by EastCoast Metalworks (Cocoa Beach, FL), Dolphin Instruments gauges,14-inch Billet Specialties Throttle steering wheel, EZ Wiring Kit
Stereo: XD200/2 - JL Audio 2-Channel 200W Class D XD Series amplifier, JL Audio C2-690tx 6x9 three-way speakers with silk dome tweeters, Fusion MS-BT100 Marine Bluetooth Module
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 18x8.5 and 20x10, Diesel Wheels Smoothies
Tires: 245/40R18 and 275/35R20
Photo 11/11   |   1954 Chevy 3100 Switches

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