Randy Benedix is a masonry contractor from Oakdale, California, and like most custom truck enthusiasts has always been a dreamer. He purchased his first truck when he was 16 years old, a 1940 Chevy pickup and always dreamt of someday building a custom show truck. Over the years, Randy has built nothing but 40s-era Chevy pickups, and still has every one of them. Randy has six Chevy pickups that are "projects in progress". Thirty years later after the purchase of his first '40 Chevy, Randy was attending the Back to Graffiti show in Modesto, California, when his mom discovered a '39 Chevy pickup that was for sale. Randy peeled off some Ben Franklins in exchange for the pink slip. Two months later while attending Hot August Nights in Reno, Randy decided the '39 needed a Mustang II front clip and a 235cu inline-six. Three years ago the '39 was completely disassembled, then reconstructed with many modifications along the way.
Oh, how things did change. The second build of the '39 Chevy was performed by Roger Cigaar at Stokers Hot Rods in Ripon, California. Roger began by boxing the framerails and installing reinforced crossmembers due to the plans of increasing the `39's horsepower. The Heidt's Mustang II front clip was maintained with its Chevy five-bolt hubs and Wilwood disc brakes. The front Heidt's Mustang II suspension with two-inch dropped spindles was equipped with Air Ride Technologies Shockwave bags. The front end rolls on a pair of polished aluminum Billet Specialties GTX-03 15x7-inch wheels consumed in 205/50R15 Falken rubber. To install the narrowed Currie Ford 9-inch rearend, a parallel four-link and Panhard bar suspension needed to be designed and fabricated. Wilwood disc brakes were also installed out back to decelerate the horsepower. Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves were installed to provide the same vertical athleticism as the front suspension. The rear end spins on a pair of polished aluminum Billet Specialties GTX-03 wheels surrounded with Falken 255/45ZR17 rubber. A 171/2-gallon fuel tank was located in the rear of the bed between the framerails. The fuel tank is accessible by lifting the center section of the bed floor.