In a perfect world we would have our hot rod, daily driver, and parts chaser all wrapped up in one ride, and it would be our very own shop truck. A three-in-one, triple-duty ride that always keeps us in our hot rod frame of mind.

Around the STREET RODDER offices there's a constant search for a truck to chase this part, that part, and finally the part we need—a shop truck. A few years back we thought, "Why not build a pickup that we could use?" Given there are some on the staff quite capable of building a hot rod from scratch we figured it would be a snap. Duh, then there's the reality of deadlines. They keep getting in the way so help was sought. We turned to Dean Livermore of Hot Rods by Dean (HRBD) in Phoenix, and so the saga began.

We started off with a handful of original components but soon found we needed a great deal of sheetmetal (namely the five-window cab, fenders, and running boards) and that's where the Dynacorn 1947 Chevy sheetmetal through Chevs of the 40's came in handy, along with a complete bed from MAR-K. Chevs of the 40's turned out to be our one-stop shop for all of the incidentals—and there are a lot! All this steel would eventually rest on a Fatman Fabrications chassis held together through a Totally Stainless bolt kit along with SoffSeal rubber to provide the "mortar between the bricks", leaving us with a good seal while avoiding squeaks and rattles.

We asked longtime SR artist and fellow hot rodder Josh Shaw to come up with a color scheme and artwork for us to move toward. Shaw gave us the idea for the "Street Rodder Garage" door logos (applied by Kafka) and the combination of red and cream colors with a bit of switch featuring the red in high gloss and cream in a mat finish, all based on low-VOC waterbased paints from Wanda Paints. The brilliant red was applied at HRBD under the watchful eye of Carlos Green of Akzo Nobel Coating (parent company to Wanda Paints) over the fenders and running boards while the cab, hood, and bed were covered in the mat-appearing cream color. The mat finish is paint with a reduced luster clear and not a mat primer. The advantage is that the paint's desirable characteristics are retained while none of the maintenance issues of making a mat primer last for years.

The Fatman chassis, sporting a satin black powdercoat finish by Eddie Motorsports, is equipped with a Currie 9-inch rearend filled with 3.50 gears, limited-slip differential, 31-spline axles, and drum brakes. There are Wilwood disc brakes in front and Bilstein shocks at the corners along with leaf springs in the back and coils in the front. The front features a Fatman IFS with power rack-and-pinion steering and GM single-puck calipers. A Fatman under-the-floorboard bracket and pedal arms are used for the GM master cylinder while Wilwood prop and residual check valves are employed. Additional corner adornments include American Racing Torq-Thrust five-spoke mags (7x15 and 8x15) with BFGoodrich Radial T/A rubber (215/70 and 255/70). Yes, definitely an old-school look, and that was in keeping with our plans. Lokar Performance received the nod for the underdash foot-operated e-brake and universal brake cable setup, plus their Midnight series pedals and pads used on the throttle and brake.

Mentioned before, the MAR-K bed is fitted with their hidden hinges and release while one of the wooden slats was modified to accept the power-operated fuel filler kit from Legens Hot Rod Shop. Operated from the cab via a rocker switch the single wood panel lifts up and exposes the filler cap to the Rock Valley stainless 16-gallon gas tank. The tank is equipped with an Aeromotive fuel pump and fuel line, and a sending unit for the Dakota Digital fuel gauge.