There are some cars that have that special and impressive manner about them. Le Mans racers, million dollar supercars and show cars with every modification you could think of are just a few examples of builds with presence. Danny and Dani's 1954 Chevy Truck is also a build with this special gift. Sitting low on a combination of 15 inch steel wheels and whitewalls, it's a car that grabs your attention with it's stance, looks and countless details.
Whilst on a trip to the U.S, Danny found this particular Chevy at Noble Fabrication in Ventura California. Danny asked immediately if the truck was for sale. The answer was no, but if a certain price was met, then it was his. Well, I think you can guess what happened next. A deal was agreed on and in February 2011 the truck arrived in Australia.
The '54 Chevy was restored by Matt at Noble Fabrication. The original 235 inline six blue flame motor still sits in the engine bay but has been blueprinted and balanced and a few additional horns. The engine has been matched to a 4-speed Muncie gearbox with a Hurst shifter.
Inside the cabin, the interior has stayed fairly stock, with the original gauges and bench seat but with a painted dashboard by TJ Guzzardi. Standing on the dashboard is also a custom made metal-flake Mary of Guadalupe dashboard statue from the U.S.A, molded by Charlie which Dani sells (exclusively in Australia) on her instagram page.
The paint is a satin finish of Atomic Orange, with a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe adorned on the roof, done by Mat Egan
To get the truck sitting pretty, the suspension consists of a dropped front I-beam underneath the front leaf springs and rubber bushings. The rear end includes mono leaf suspension and pump up air shockers. However, the chassis has also been C-notched for future bagging.
The family takes this Chevrolet everywhere, from car shows to even a trip to Sydney. It gets decked out in Christmas lights during Christmas and grabs people attention wherever it goes. Even during the photo shoot, people asked about the truck, including a particular couple who left with a smile on their faces and miraculous medals in their hands. It is a car not only used to create a lifetime full of memories, but to meet new people.
There would be no doubt either, that Mother Mary comes along for the journey.