Building your first project can be a daunting experience, but it is also a time to step out and make a name for yourself. Scott Nadeau of Loxahatchee, Florida, has been in the custom vehicle scene for 15 years, but up until about a year ago he hadn't built himself a truck. That streak came to an end when Scott picked up a 1957 Dodge D100 pickup. He wanted to make it into something that people could appreciate, no matter what they were into. Without sparing any time, he started looking for a shop to build his first project.
Scott took the Dodge to Juanky Built, in Miami, where shop owner Juan Ibarra got right to work. In order to make the truck as strong as possible after removing all of the factory suspension components, he boxed the frame front to rear. Next, he began assembling the new custom suspension. Belltech spindles were bolted to tubular control arms and the whole assembly bolted to the truck. Slam Specialties 'bags and Rancho 9000 shocks work in conjunction to provide an adjustable ride. To get the same stance out of the rear end, a custom two-link was fabricated and bolted to the customized frame. The chassis was finished off with a set of 20-inch Diesel Wheels smoothie billet wheels. The next goal was to breathe new life into the engine compartment.
Rather than dump money into the original powerplant, Juanky swapped it for the drivetrain from a 1996 Chevy C1500. Everything came over, from the engine to the rearend. He then covered the intake manifold, valve covers, and intake in cream paint to match the soon-to-come interior. After running a custom exhaust out the back and adding a few more touch-ups, Juanky sent the truck over to Bahama Auto Upholstery, also in Miami, to have the interior upholstered.
The interior consisted of wrapping the seats, headliner, and door panels in brown leather. Brown carpet adorns the floor while brandywine paint covers everything that isn't wrapped. When running the air lines into the cab, Scott had a cool idea: Instead of using standard switches, he had four brass knuckle pull handles installed atop Hornblasters valves. With that completed, the truck went back to Juanky Built to receive the finishing touches.
There is still some work to do on the body, but even if Scott decided to leave the truck like this, we would approve. This thing is badass and we applaud Scott for having the guts to build such a unique vehicle. Scott wanted to thank Juan at Juanky Built and his sponsors for the help with the build.
Just The Facts
Year Make Model:
1957 Dodge D100
Owner and City/State:
Scott Nadeau • Loxahatchee, Florida
Type: Chevy 350ci
Induction: Custom-painted Holley intake
Exhaust: Ceramic-coated headers, Flowmaster muffler
Cooling: Aluminum radiator, electric fans
Fuel System: Edelbrock carburetor
Built by: Juanky Built • Miami, Florida
Rearend: Chevy 10-bolt
Front suspension: Tubular control arms, Belltech spindles, Slam Specialties ’bags, Rancho 9000 shocks
Rear suspension: Custom two-link, Slam Specialties ’bags, Rancho 9000 shocks
Wheels & Tire
Wheels: 20x8-inch Diesel Wheels smoothies
Tires: Accelera 245/35R20
Juanky Built handmade this flat wood bed and wheeltubs for a truly unique look.
Looking at this interior, you wouldn't imagine that this belongs in a 1957 Dodge D100.