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Back in the '50s, it wouldn't have been so odd to see a truck like this roll out of the doors of a kustom shop, but in this day and age, a radically kustomized truck such as Rick Nowak's is a bit of a scarce commodity. Nonetheless, this kustomized hauler inspired by the vivid and outlandish pioneers of kustomizing is way rad. Rick started out with a '48 Chevy cab. From there, he dropped the cab onto an '84 S-10 long frame, pirated the front sheetmetal from a '47 Chevy passenger car, and grafted it up front. As for the truck's rear, Rick took a no-holds-barred approach. Instead of a traditional bed or even a modified bed, Rick hacked off the back half from a '59 Cadillac Coupe DeVille and worked it into the truck. Next, the '48 cab's roof was chopped 3 and 4 inches in an angle style. Along with that, the stock front bumper was ditched for the split bumper job. On the inside, things were kept pretty simple by throwing in some Mexican-style blankets and Classic gauges. Powering the truck is a 350 Chevy backed by a 700R4 tranny. Last but not least are the wicked bitchin' flames that bellow from the '59 Coupe DeVille rear quarters. Anyone having some R&C Dream Truck flashbacks mixed in with the Merc from Grease right about now?