Inside the cab, the interior features Scat seats custom upholstered by Distinctive Industries, pedals from Lokar, and a tilt-steering column with column shift from ididit. Creature comforts are thanks to Vintage Air (heat only), Auto Meter gauges, and a raging sound system from Sony.
During the build's 6-month span the guys and gals of WAZ Productions showed up several times a week and rolled footage for Chop Cut Rebuild. Far from being a Tim the Toolman stereotype, host Dan Wood pitched in and proved to be a nice guy on and off camera. In exactly the correct method used in the real world, the CI '53 was completely assembled, mocked-up, and dialed-in before its custom paintjob was applied. After mock-up the truck was stripped of all body parts including the cab and put into primer. The light bodywork was handled and then a series of guide-coating and blocking out took place. Once the bodywork was dead straight it was time to two-tone the CI '53 using House of Kolor Orion Silver, Raspberry Red Pearl, and then bury it in HOK clear urethane. To accent the HOK colors, pinstripper extraordinaire Jeff Styles pulled his magic. The finishing touch occurred when Tom Horvath from System One showed up with his crew and handled the color sand and rub-out chores, and not leaving until the '53 was ready for its debut at the Pismo Classic Car show.
Chop Cut Rebuild's new season is airing as this issue hits the stands, so the combined efforts of Classic Industries' Mark Vogt, Tony Colombini, Edgar Soler, Jason Poling, Christian Carrillo, Keith Pittman, Freddie Ruiz, Byron Stewart, Ed Stevens, Bret Dethlefsen, and cover girl Regina Rowlett's husband Lance (not a Classic Industries employee) can be seen in living color doing their thing on the Speed Channel; and take it from CCT, they really did it.