Once Hot Rides finished assembling the truck's chassis, they sent it over to Palmers Custom Paint and Body. Randy let shop owner Alan Palmer in on his vision of a truck with the '57's classic lines and details, but cleaned up here and there. What the two of them came up with is a handful of mild custom touches that cleaned up the stock Chevy truck's bulky appearance. The first step was easy; Palmer's did away with any trim and trim holes on the truck and filled the body seams. Next up, they filled the stake holes along the bed and removed the rain gutters. The subtlest yet most difficult task was doing away with the squared corner for a clean, rounded edge. The new door edges give the cab a sleek look that matches the Chevy body's round design. In the rear of the truck, the taillights were ditched for some custom LED lights Palmer's frenched into the rear fenders. For paint, Palmers mixed up a custom concoction of Sierra Copper. Depending on the sun, the truck takes on the appearance of Sierra Copper all the way to a deep root beer. Matching the paint's high energy are Billet Specialties Vintec 18x8 and 20x8 wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber.
On the inside, Custom Interiors in Camarillo, California, stitched up a customized seat from a '95 Silverado with Porsche Champagne leather. They also fabbed up some custom door panels and stitched them in Porsche leather as well. The top half of the dash was painted to match the truck, but underneath the Sierra Copper dash, Custom Interiors' Jose installed a Mercedes champagne carpet. At the top of the cab, Jose stitched up a suede headliner. Back at Hot Rides, they installed a tilt column with a billet steering wheel. Along with that, they installed Auto Meter gauges with a billet gauge cluster and a Lokar shifter. Even though Randy's plan may have had a small glitch in it, the overall scheme of things couldn't have turned out any better.
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