Sometimes even our daily drivers become poster-worthy material; just ask Cande Cedano, the owner of this beautiful truck, affectionately named "Boulevard Junkie."
The truck has been in Cande's capable hands for about 14 years, although it wasn't always as beautiful as it is seen today. At one time, the truck was his work truck; used by the commercial painter to haul his ladders, buckets, and other supplies back and forth from work. Despite the truck being a daily driver, Cande had a few rides under his belt; including a '53 Bel Air, a '53 Pontiac, and a '64 GMC longbed. Cande knew that the day would come when he could finally turn his work truck into a work of art.
If the name "Boulevard Junkie" sounds familiar to you, that's because it probably is—Cande's initial handiwork on the truck landed him a feature in LRM back in 2009. While the name might be the same, that's where the similarities between the 2009 version and the 2013 version end. The truck has been completely overhauled, thanks to a mishap that occurred as Cande was getting it ready for a show at Chicano Park. One of the rear fenders was smashed in pretty badly, so Cande took the fender off to fix and repaint the damaged piece. One thing led to another, and pretty soon, the truck was in pieces all over his garage.
Even though the truck had been previously restored, Cande decided to go all-out, all over again, starting with the frame. The frame was fully wrapped, as fiberglass and bondo were added by Vivar Brothers Customs of Las Vegas to give the truck that smooth look. After the frame was smoothed out, paint was laid down by BLVD Customs, and Zack Felix added the leafing and striping. Since most of the plating was already completed from the previous build, Cande decided to do something different by cutting the original dashboard out and molding in a dash from a '48 Fleetline. He paid attention and added it in such a way that it really looks as if it came from the factory as stock equipment. BLVD customs was again called upon to paint the rest of the truck Oriental Blue with a black basecoat. Zack Felix finished the truck off with some patterns that help to accent the curves of this beautiful Chevy. Cande added a new interior to the truck and also added new hydraulic setup, built by Black Magic Hydraulics. One of the special touches that Cande added to his '49 was the hand-carved wood side rails and bed, both done by Guillermo Salazar of Tijuana, Mexico.
It took over a year and half for Cande to tear down the truck and transform it into its current state, but the time was certainly well spent. Now with his truck back on the Boulevard, Cande has a couple more rides in the works, which he vows will be out soon. Cande would like to thank his wife and kids for their help and support in completing his new ride. He would also like to thank Osvalod Dominguez and all of his friends for their help in the build, and he is proud that his "Boulevard Junkie" is one addict that can't stay off the streets for long!