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1954 Chevy COE Crew Cab – Eddie Dalton

We often hear of weddings taking place between a man and a woman, but, what do you get when you marry two cabs and a chassis that were never meant to go together?

Read on to find out what Eddie did and how he did it. The end result may surprise you and should definitely impress you!

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Eddie Dalton

Make, Model, Year of Project:

1954 Chevy COE crew cab

COE = Cab Over Engine

Crew Cab = 4 doors

What stage is this in?

Completed Project

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I bought two separate bodies for $3000 and a 2008 Duramax truck for $6500.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I have always had a crew cab Chevy. Because of this, I wanted a Crew Cab COE that had a Duramax motor placed where the original location was, not behind the cab, but under it where it should be.

When I started this build, 4 door COE’s were very far and few between.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc?

The 2 cabs were shipped from Iowa to South Carolina.

3-1/2 years later the cabs were married together to create a crew cab and then mounted to a 2005 Chevy 3500 chassis.

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

2 Cabs put together

2 rear doors split in half and put back together because of the front wheel openings in the original doors.

Rear fenders split and added 10 inches for the Dooley rear end.

Motor was lowered 6 inches move back three inches.

Rear end moved forward 6 inches to make old truck proportioned correctly.

New Pittman arm made to accommodate COE front end.

Electric windows in all four doors

Factory vintage air

Dakota digital dash

24 inch semi wheels adapted to truck

Wooden bed put in as the original truck would have had it, with the disappearing goose neck. Bed was all handmade

Running boards bought new then split cut and put back together from the front fender to the rear fender.

Where have you purchased your parts?

LMC trucks have some parts we used,

Anything to do with the Duramax Allison transmission or the 3500 rear end was bought at Hickeys Auto Parts in Ohio

Most of the fabrication was done in house at TC Rods

All wiring was done by Steven Scott at Scott automotive

What about you?

I like different stuff not some thing you can see anywhere you go

Any stories regarding this project?

I Have been to Charlotte, NC – Goodguys show and Pigeon Forge fall show. The truck draws a large crowd because no one has seen anything like it.

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?

Tc Rods, Scott’s automotive, hickeys auto salvage in Ohio

Check out the pictures below. Make sure to go through them all to get a good idea of what he did.

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