Even with all these modifications completed, Paul's Chevy remains a work in progress. The future still holds countless upgrades that will eventually create the truck he aspires to own. Paul has already purchased Edelbrock aluminum heads, new rockers and lifters, and polished dual Edelbrock four-barrels. He also plans on shortening the rear axle to free up space for tires capable of some serious main street fun. As for the rest of the modifications, Paul has to face his next problem, also common to many builders: that thin line between the kids' college money and dad's recreational allowance.
With the basic mechanics installed, Paul went to work on the truck's overall appearance. To gain the stance he wanted, he added two-inch drop spindles and two-inch-lower coil springs in the front. In the rear, he complemented the front by installing a leaf-spring flip kit that brought the rear two inches closer to the pavement. Paul also made a few exterior modifications. He replaced the stock taillights with LEDs, and swapped out the rear sliding window with a solid one-piece window.
He then continued on by bringing in his love for musclecars. What better way is there to mix a musclecar with a big-block Chevy pickup than a cowl induction hood? Exactly! From there he smoothed out the truck's look by ditching the bumpers and installing roll pans in both the front and back. Other refining touches include a billet grille. On the inside, Paul merely touched up things by installing wood grain on the dash and doors. The last step was paint, and he chose to spray his Chevy with a traditional black finish. Not wanting to leave the truck in the hands of just anyone, he turned to the brother of the man who inspired his project, Ron Rick, to lay down the glasslike paintjob. For a finishing touch, a faint red pinstripe graces the truck's beltline.
Fun = a 454 big-block, Edelbrock...
Fun = a 454 big-block, Edelbrock carburetor and air cleaner, and Doug Thorley headers. And it doesn't hurt that it looks good.
Paul cleaned up the front...
Paul cleaned up the front of the truck with Boyd Smoothie II wheels, Goodyear tires, a cowl induction hood, and a billet grille.