With the chassis squared away, it was time to install a drivetrain that's just as state of the art as the chassis. Nothing says power and performance like a brand-new GM Performance Parts 502 crate motor, which seemed like the perfect match. The Rod Shop dropped in the 502, but not before they painted the block to match the truck and decked the motor out with a billet serpentine system, valve covers, air cleaner, billet reservoirs, Vintage Air, and just about every other billet accessory one can buy. Backing the 502 is a TCI Turbo 400 with a shift kit.
In terms of getting the chassis to roll, the state-of-the-art concept was overlooked. Laurence wanted the chassis and running gear to be top-notch, but he also wanted the truck to have a straightforward, timeless look. Therefore, each corner of the truck received a 15-inch Cragar SS. Up front, the vintage rollers measure out to 15x7 inches, but out back, Laurence needed a little more meat, so he went with 15x10 inchers.
The outside of the truck still looks like Chevy's original design team intended it to, but, of course, when the truck arrived at Rod Shop of Memphis, it was nothing of the sort; it took hours of meticulous work from Rod Shop of Memphis' newest crew member, Tommy, better known as T Square around the shop. T Square had just arrived at Memphis after evacuating from New Orleans, where he and his family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, and one of his first orders of business was to rework the '49 back to pristine condition. Once T Square finished his end of the bargain, the shop supervisor and paint artist, who is also named Tommy, finally got the chance to give his brand-new paint booth some work. He rolled the '49 into the booth and laid down the flawless DuPont Yellow paint job. After that, the truck was taken over to Nick Epps in Memphis, Tennessee, to install the white and yellow leather interior. Nick also worked up some custom seats for the truck and covered the Rod Shop of Memphis custom center console.
Upon the truck's completion, Laurence figured there was only one thing to name the bright yellow Chevy: Sunshine. When asked why, his answer was simple, "You see, here is the setting: I had just lost my job, Garvin was having a slump in business, Tommy had a new paint booth that was underutilized, and T Square had lost all but his family at the hands of Katrina; then came the opportunity to create Sunshine. I guess it is true that bringing a little Sunshine into somebody's life is a blessing."