By the time the '69 was ready for additional bodywork, Bob had decided to move to Oregon to spend a lot more time with his 15 grandchildren. He loaded up his Chevy along with his tools and headed north. But before tearing back into the Chevy, Bob constructed a new shop to work in. Along with some of his friends, his own labor, and Myke's Rod & Chassis in Salem, Oregon, the '69 was ready for paint. To handle Oregon's colder climate and resist rust better than the Chevy's original acrylic lacquer finish, Myke's laid on a heavy coating of DuPont metallic Fire Red Imron polyurethane paint. On the inside, Craig's Auto Upholstery stitched velour from the door panels and seat up to the chop top's headliner. For instrumentation, the familiar blue glow of Dakota Digital gauges can be found. The original GM wiring harness that evolved to resemble an explosion of multicolored spaghetti was replaced with a custom made-to-fit wiring harness from Painless Products. To protect the custom work done to the bed's interior, Bob specified a lid from Gaylord's of Santa Fe Springs, California. Although Salem is on Oregon's coast, where it doesn't get all that hot, Bob installed air conditioning from Vintage Air to cope with the intense heat encountered on Oregon's and Washington's high-desert regions.
Looking back to the early stages of the '69's build, Bob said the guys he dealt with in Arizona really came through for him. When it came down to final assembly on the '69, Bob told us it was once again the guys at Myke's Rod & Chassis who deserve the credit. Since completing his truck not all that long ago, Bob has racked up almost 17,000 miles competing at shows in the Western states and getting 19 mpg doing it. He says his truck is a really nice cruiser.