Inside, the first step was sound deadening applied to all the interior sheetmetal. Everything was upholstered in a combination of black and white with white Econoline van seats, white door panels, and black carpeting. Stewart Warner gauges on the dash, '50s-style dice accents, and a '40 Ford wheel work perfectly together. The overhead console holds the Kenwood stereo, and music pours from the 5.5-inch component sets in the kick panels and the 6x9s behind the seats. The rearview mirror is a miniature surfboard, and those are Teddy's actual baby shoes hanging from it. A Lokar floor shift actuates the 350 Turbo transmission. Power windows and a highly functional Vintage Air air conditioner make this truck a perfect ride for Florida's warm days.
Thirties on the outside but modern under the skin, the truck rolls on a reinforced chassis fitted with a '72 Chevelle front clip, 11-inch disc brakes, and Fat Man Fabrication's lowered suspension. The rear uses parallel leaf springs to hold the 8-inch Ford rearend equipped with drum brakes and 2.90:1 gears. The hood, modified to tilt forward, reveals the 300hp 350 Chevy V-8 fitted with an Edelbrock 650 carburetor and intake, Corvette HEI ignition, and factory exhaust manifold flowing into Smitty mufflers. The 350 Turbo makes the truck a sweet driver, something Teddy does every day. "In the five months that I've owned it, I've already put more than 5,000 miles on it," he says, so you know he enjoys his time behind the wheel. "It loafs along at 2,000 rpm at 70 mph." Future plans for Teddy include completely reupholstering the bed with rolls and pleats to match the interior and enjoying his Just Right vintage truck for a long time to come.