Field Guide to Wasteland Vehicles: Crooked Irene

Russ Whitsell’s 1954 Chevrolet 3100, named Crooked Irene, started its post-apoc transformation the way that many builds do:  with a free truck.  The 3100 was “donated” to Whitsell by a friend, and he decided to mount the rotted-out old pickup on a 1976 Chevrolet pickup’s chassis.  

From there, Crooked Irene got some fender trimming to clear larger tires, a respray with flat black paint and a scratchbuilt bash bumper.  The desert-ready cargo bed was made using a roofer’s rack with the top rails removed, canvas siding and a pair of Jeep Wrangler cargo carriers bolted on to haul ancillary equipment.  Up top, a swivel-mount belt-fed gun and a VW Beetle engine cover provide a defensive gunner’s position.  It’s a simple but effective post-apoc transformation for a classic truck.