Because the front end was pretty much all handmade up to this point, the rest of it had to be as well. Therefore, Todd's next project was to take a sheet of sheetmetal and transform it into a hood. After that, he built the hood side panels, but there was even more work to those than just flat pieces of metal. Todd and Phillip didn't want to use traditional headlights, so they placed a '99 Lexus projection lights inside the truck's cowl. From there, Todd formed the blisters, which are handformed from metal and vacuum-formed acrylic plastic, on the sides of the hood panel so the light projected from the headlights could beam out.
With the front wrapped up, it was time to swing toward the truck's rear. To accomplish this, Todd took the inner bed, which is more or less used as a mounting point, off the Ranger and mounted it to the frame. The bed's entire outer shell was the work of Todd. He formed the bedside, belt line, roll pan, and literally every external piece of sheetmetal you see. With the bed done, he tied the truck together with his own rear fenders. After that, he built the running boards that tie the front and rear fender together. The last thing to do was finish off the little things, so Todd fabricated stainless steel taillights. After that, he fabbed the stainless steel bed cover as well as the rest of the truck's trim.
With the exterior finished, Todd worked on the engine compartment. He began by building the valve cover and air cleaner covers to mask the GMPP 350 Ram Jet motor. Then it was onto fabbing the inner fender panels. When all the metalwork was finished, the truck was swung to the other side of the shop, where shop painter Scott Murray applied the Sikkens black and custom-mixed candy brandy wine. Complementing the paint job are Boyd Coddington rollers.
The last step of the build was the one-of-a-kind interior, and it's no surprise that Todd's name is all over that, including the stitching. He started with a '39 Ford bench seat. After that was modified, he handformed everything else-the dash, center console, door panels, trim, and more. The only store-bought products are the ididit steering column, Classic Instrument gauges, Vintage Air A/C unit, and a few other odds and ends, but for the most part, even the interior was done by Todd. Todd even covered the inside of the bed with the same interior scheme. Now that the truck, dubbed Redwood, is finished, the newest case of envy is Lincoln's new Blackwood truck!
About the only thing not Todd-made...
About the only thing not Todd-made is the ididit steering column, Vintage Air unit, Classic Instruments, and JVC head unit.
Hard to believe that under...
Hard to believe that under all that sheetmetal sits a GM Performance Parts Ram Jet 350.