Inside, luxurious Escalade seats pamper driver and passenger, with fold-down armrests, heat, and 6-way power. Taking advantage of the extra room, the seats were relocated 6 inches rearward and the GM steering column with its Budnik wheel was moved back 4 inches. The custom dash positions the large 5-inch Auto Meter Sport Comp speedo and tach directly in front of the driver along with four individual gauges in the center. An overhead console mirrors the sleek center console that separates the buckets. Thanks to the stretch, the truck has room for a stereo with a rear-mounted enclosure holding two Bostwick 8-inch subs outboard and two 6.25-inch mids in the center. A pair of 5.25-inch components sets reside in the kick panels. Rockford Fosgate and Audiobahn amplifiers are hidden from view and a Sony head unit controls the stereo. Everything was upholstered in Cognac-colored leather with genuine crocodile accents by Chuck Hannah from Hot Rod Interiors in Mooresville, North Carolina. Phipps billet vents, lights, and door handles add a nice touch. Paint was accomplished in John's shop with Chris Ryan spraying the custom mixed blue metallic.
John, along with his son Jay and good friend Danny, have an estimated 5,000 hours in the Chevy but their new "shop truck" is a rolling work of art and was definitely worth the wait. The truck is always driven to events and if it gets a little road rash, John says it is more than offset by the huge smile on their faces as they are zooming down the road.