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Kaylie Davis has a goal: Create the “Junk Yard Dawg” from a custom 1958 Chevrolet Apache for SEMA 2016.

My father-in-law, John Davis, bought this truck in 2013, with the intention of building it for himself. As soon as I saw it, I immediately fell in love and knew just exactly what this truck should be. He is “VERY OLD SCHOOL” and wasn’t impressed whatsoever with my ideas. However, he believed in me and gave me the chance to build the “Junk Yard Dawg”.

My original goal for this truck was only to prove to myself that I could build a ground-up custom truck. Although I have worked alongside my husband, Willie Davis, at Big Willie’s Garage on many custom builds, I wanted to build this one on my own. I wanted something original, something that would stand out, and I think I have achieved that.

I begin the build and started promoting it on social media in January 2015. As it started gaining popularity, I made the decision to set my goals higher. Why not try to be the first woman custom truck builder at SEMA?

My goal is to unveil the “Junk Yard Dawg” at SEMA 2016.

Here are the technical specifications for the build:


  • 1958 Impala 348 W (437 Stroker)
  • Edelbrock 2×4 Intake
  • Dual 500 cfm Edelbrock Carburetors


  • Turbo 350
  • B&M Shift Kit
  • 2500 Stall Convertor
  • Lokar transmission Mounter Shifter
  • Von Chase “Junk Yard Dawg” Shifter Knob

Front Suspension 

  • Porterbuilt extreme drop member
  • Airlift Performance Dominator 2600 air springs 8”
  • 72-C10 McGaughys 2” drop spindles

Rear Suspension

  • Custom triangle tubing step notches
  • Custom 2-link with pinion angle adjuster
  • Airlift Performance Dominator 2500 air springs 6”
  • 1957 9” Ford rear end
  • 3:73 gears with posi


  • Front – 72 C/10 Rotors & Calipers
  • Rear – Chevy Astrovan Rotors, 72 C/10 Calipers
  • Weld on Caliper Mounts
  • 7″ Power Brake Booster
  • w/Corvette Master Cylinder
  • Speedway Motors Power Brake Peal Assembly


  • Front – 20X8.5 U.S. Mags Malibu 5 on 5
  • Rear – 20X10 U.S Mags Malibu 5on 5


  • Front – Nitto 420 265-45-2
  • Front – Nitto 420 285-45-20

Air Management

  • Airlift Performance 3H System
  • Dual Airlift Performance aluminum 4 gallon tanks
  • Dual VIAIR 444c’s


  • Dual Red Top Optima 75D7


  • Custom Built Inner Frame Stiffener
  • Custom Built  Drive Shaft Tunnel
  • Fully Boxed Frame
  • Internal Frame Tube for Airlines/Wiring
  • Dual Battery Boxes Relocated to Rear of Frame


  • Raised Bed Floor 10 1/4″
  • Custom Inner Panels/Bed Walls
  • Stock Rear Wheel Tubs Widened 4″
  • Custom Bed Floor & Strips
  • Air Management & Compressor behind Tailgate


  • Power Rack & Pinion
  • Custom Steering Column
  • Custom Steering Shaft (Column to Rack & Pinion)
  • 1956 Chevy BelAir Steering Wheel

Below are shots of the latest work Kaylie has done.