After the plumbing, painting, and detailing was completed on the chassis it was time to begin the bodywork. The truck carries a number of tasteful modifications inside and out ranging from frenched headlights and '37 Ford taillights to a forward-opening hood and a smooth step bumper. The center seam on the hood was welded and filled and all emblems were removed from the truck. Custom panels under the bed tuck neatly beneath the cab and the vent windows and exterior door handles have been removed. The center bar was removed from the grille and custom turn signals reside where the stock units were once found. The tailgate has been relieved of its chains and latches and the stake pockets are sculpted neatly. While this may sound like a lot of modifications, the interesting thing is you have to look long and hard to notice them.
When it came time for paint Chevrolet Hugger Orange was applied by O.W. followed by a set of Z/28-inspired stripes extending from the hood, up over the cab, and down the hard tonneau cover and tailgate. It is a unique look and the Z/28 theme continues to the wheels with chrome-plated 17-inch Chevrolet Camaro wheels wrapped with Nitto rubber. Longtime pinstriper Eddie Brown added the final details in the paint department.
The cabin on the five-window is the highlight of the truck. Since this was a 1955 truck, O.W. thought it would be fitting to adapt a 1955 Chevy passenger car dashboard to the truck. The narrowed dash fits the mood of the truck perfectly and comfortable seating comes in the form of two modified bucket seats from an '89 Bonneville. A Chevy van supplied the steering column and associated shifter, while Lokar pedals and emergency brake dress up the floor area. Electrical needs are handled by an American Autowire harness and Vintage Air is called on for climate control. Sew Fine handled the stitching of the tan leather and the installation of the '55 Chevy passenger car carpeting.
The truck's unique Z/28 theme draws a lot of attention, and we're certain there is the occasional offer tendered, but we're betting Joyce Walter isn't going to let this one get away anytime soon.