Next on the agenda was a little bodywork. Gabe was looking for a smooth and subtle exterior, so he subtracted more parts than he added. He began by shaving the firewall, DOT markers, door handles, lock barrels, driprails, cab seams, wipers, stake pockets, and the rear bumper. While he was at it, Gabe decided to relocate the gas filler inside the bed and cover the bed floor with a bridge-notch cover.
After taking care of the metalwork, Gabe called his good friend Cory Scott, owner of Kustom Werx in Conroe, Texas, to take care of the shiny red stuff. Cory was entrusted with the task of finishing up Gabe's metalwork and painting the truck. Cory and his team set to work painting the truck along with color-matching a few of the components under the hood. The crew at Kustom Werx even went as far as to color-match the '83's spray-in bedliner.
The last major detail Gabe had to finish off before the '83 was completed was the truck's interior. He had PC Auto Upholstery stitch the interior in a rich tan blend of cloth and vinyl. The guys at PC Auto Upholstery recovered the stock bench seat, retrimmed the door panels, and replaced the old carpet with a deep pile of deep pile carpet. For instrumentation, a full complement of Auto Meter gauges was installed to keep track of the truck's vital signs.
After three years of long days and nights working on the '83, Gabe ended up with a good example of a square-bodied C-10 that lays real hard, and that's what we're talking about.
Power comes from a punched-out...
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