The '63 model was the last year for the pod-style dashboard with a wraparound windshield for Chevrolet trucks. The dual-pod dash design provided a natural progression for Steve at Definitive Auto to create a totally radical environment. The head unit is an Eclipse with DVD and navigation capabilities. Steve built custom cabinetry to house a load of high-end sound equipment from Memphis Audio. A 12-inch Memphis subwoofer mounted in the console handles the bass, while Memphis Audio mids and separates mounted in the kick and rear panels dispense harmonious musical sounds throughout the cab. once Steve had the sound system up and running, Todd at the Interior Shop in Phoenix wrapped the panels. The source for the bucket seats in Mark's cab started out as a pair of '85 Camaro buckets, but by the time Victor had cut, chopped, and sewed them up in two-tone brown leather with a baseball stitch, it would be hard to identify where they were from. The air conditioning from Vintage Air helps fend off the blazing Arizona heat. Unusual features of Mark's '63 are the power reverse hood and suicide doors. The power hood gets its boost from a pair of screw-type linear actuators from the folks at Electric life. Proving that Electric life has more to do with the inner workings of a classic truck than just electricity, the mono hinges Mark used to suspend his suicide doors are from Electric life as well.
In contrast to the '63's radical fullcustom stance fronted by its 24-inch Devino wheels shod with Toyo tires, is the stark simplicity of the super-deep, pearl-blue paint applied by Jim Michaud of Phoenix. Jim started with House of Kolor's lime-green-colored DTM primer and didn't stop until the topcoat was a stunning HoK True Blue Pearl buried under a deep coating of HoK clear urethane.
After winning best custom truck at the 2007 SEMA show in las Vegas, Mark learned that Mattel is going to issue a Hot Wheels version of his truck. It should be in a toy stores everywhere by the time this issue hits the newsstands.