When Tom first approached the bodywork on his truck, he was full steam ahead to have Rod Alexander mold in or clean up anything in sight. Starting at the hood, the seams were filled and the turn signals were shaved, rounding the nose off and ending with just two small openings centered at the hood latch. Moving rearward, details like the C-10 emblems, complete with original chrome, were left as accents, including the addition of '66 C-10 Custom Cab emblems on the cab's B-pillars to lighten up the dark appearance created by Rod Alexander's flawless paint work.
All the '62's window glass was replaced, including the curved windshield by Santa Clarita Auto Glass. Inside the cab rests a super sexy beige leather bench seat by Tea's Design. To accentuate the Tea's seat, Tom covered the door panels in matching leather and laid the carpeting in his truck as well. Instrumentation is provided by a complete assortment of Auto Meter gauges in the forefront of a Colorado Custom steering wheel mounted on a '70 Chevy tilt column. Behind every great cab is a good bed, and the bed on Tom's '62 is no exception thanks to a beautiful ash wood bed kit complete with stainless steel skids from Bruce Horkey's Wood & Parts. Tom installed the Bruce Horkey's kit, citing the choice of ash over oak because he preferred the lighter, whiter look of ash over the yellowish appearance of oak.
For a pickup that started out as a basic work truck, Tom's '62 has evolved into a classic cruiser that he still isn't afraid to drive whenever he gets the notion. Interestingly enough, the stovebolt-powered C-10 Fleetside still lacks a radio and doesn't have air conditioning. Tom's future plans for the C-10 include a sound system, air conditioning, and yanking the six-cylinder engine out and dropping in a V-8...but not a 350!