Vintage custom trucks are like fingerprints-no two are exactly alike. There are always going to be hobbyists who copy a trendsetting truck. One might see similar examples crop up, but builders will always add their own touches.
Marty Scott of Fuquay-Vacina, North Carolina, wanted to create a hot rod hauler like no other out of his '71 Chevy pickup. He began mentally building the Bow Tie by borrowing customizing ideas from pickups he'd seen in magazines and at shows and adding his creativity to the mix. Roger Belinger of T&R Hot Rod Shop in Apex, North Carolina, couldn't believe Marty had so many radical plans for the pickup. The Shop is much more accustomed to building old-school customs.
T&R began construction by replacing the spindles with 2-inch drop Belltechs and equipping the Chevy with Powerslot disc brakes. They removed the original rear axle in favor of a Ford 9-inch, which received an improved and adjustable ride via Air Ride Technologies airbags. A '71 Chevy disc brake conversion enhanced stopping power in the back. Behind the differential, T&R installed its custom 20-gallon stainless steel fuel cell. After plumbing the brakes and fuel lines with stainless steel pipes, hoses, and fittings, the chassis was disassembled for an electric blue covering of powdercoat.
With the chassis bright blue, brilliant stainless, and back together, T&R addressed the Bow Tie's bodywork. Per Marty's wishes, they filled the tailgate and blocked in a sheetmetal Bow Tie opening for the cab's rear window. Much metal-massaging, sanding, primering, and block-sanding ensued before the crew laid down the PPG custom-mixed green topcoats. Augie of Augie's Artworks added the none-like-it graphics.