Afterward, the body panels were rolled into the paint booth and sprayed with a PPG Bright Orange. Then ghost flames were applied on the hood. Scott Chiavini, owner of Scott's Rod Shop, was responsible for the final bodywork and the bright topcoat. After the paint was thoroughly dry, the chassis was rolled into the paint shop for assembly of the freshly painted body.

When that phase was complete, a set of Alfa Romeo six-way power-adjust buckets were chosen, then wrapped in doeskin-colored Katzkin leather and vinyl. Brown woven-wool carpet covers the floor. The typically bare steel interior door panels also received a custom-molded door panel, along with Pioneer speakers mounted in the doors. The headliner has a matching design and houses the Kenwood CD player. Raye Easters in Taft, Florida, was responsible for all of the upholstery fabrication

A custom metal console was built to flow from the back cab panel forward to the custom-made dash, housing a set of Dakota Digital gauges and a hidden cup holder. The console also mounts the HVAC controls, power-window controls, and the fuel-door popper. A Lecarra billet and leather steering wheel mounts to the top of a '79 Chevy van tilt column. A heat and A/C system from Southern Air keeps the cabin comfortable, while the chrome Sanden 508 A/C compressor and Power-Master alternator shine under the hood.

All this custom metal, leather, and paint would not be very exciting without a strong power supply to get it moving quickly. Scott and his crew reworked a 350ci '79 Chevy V-8 engine mated to a '90 700-R4 trans. Both received a complete rebuild along with a mild cam, Edelbrock intake, and 650cfm carburetor. A Concept One pulley system and power-steering pump were polished and bolted on the front of the block. Chrome-plated aluminum valve covers from Southern Rods added extra-bright detail. A Walker radiator with an electric fan, condenser, and transmission cooler keep everything cool. Block hugger headers hooked to 2-inch pipes and Flowmaster mufflers send the spent gases rearward.

After driving his truck to his summer home in North Carolina, Roger couldn't be happier. He has a head-turning truck that will elicit stares and envy for another 50 years.