The truck later made its way back to Longview, where the second stage of the build continued. Brandon Long, owner of Kreative Images, only accepts high-end custom work in his shop. Doyle was immediately impressed with his clean, custom work on a number of other vehicles. Brandon enthusiastically began dressing the LS1 engine and engine compartment with billet pieces he created in his shop. He also handcrafted an injector cover that streamlines the entire engine and adds to its full-speed-ahead character.
Brandon then added to the already tasty interior with an intense dose of audio accessories. After constructing a box that slid smoothly between the rear seats, he covered the opening with a mesh screen to hide the 10-inch Alpine subwoofer. He complemented the lows with some Alpine mids and highs at the rear passengers' feet. All this amplification was tied together with a Sony in-dash CD player at the front of the cabin and an amp attached to the driver-side rear panel. Speed Scene Wiring in San Antonio, Texas, wired everything into the harness.
The final dressing for the hauler came in the form of a Viper Red and Gloss Black topcoat. After discussing and deciding on the colors with Doyle, Brandon presented a graphic idea that had a Cameo design influence. The mock chrome body trim separates the two-toned coat and extends from above the front grille to the rear, where it hovers over the recessed license plate. It was then covered with clearcoat to bring out every custom curve of the body.
Although the truck is destined to tow an in-progress project, it already received attention at the recent Lone Star Nationals, where it was chosen for a Goodguys' Pick. This daily driver spends extended hours on the Texas interstates, according to Doyle, who describes it as, "a true street rod pickup with great looks and a sweet ride." Just imagine the looks it will earn pulling an old-school silver bullet trailer - watch the drool, you're getting it all over the pictures.
Wall-to-wall red leather warms...
Wall-to-wall red leather warms even the coolest passenger. The extended cab gives back-seat passengers enough room to relax in style.
The digital display keeps...
The digital display keeps Doyle easily informed of what's going on in the engine and on the road.
The engine moves you even...
The engine moves you even when it's standing still. A hand-formed injector cover keeps the engine cool and cruising.