With the mechanical side of things sorted, Dwayne turned his attention to making the old hauler look good. Abetted by Jason Hinmant at Paint Solutions, the old truck was transformed by shaving the driprails, door handles, and cowl vent before receiving its Cactus Green base coat. Jason then laid out the flame job before laying down the Aberdeen Green offset scheme. A Wimbledon White outline finished up the job and made the flames pop. The bed wood was in decent condition to reuse, so Dwayne hired his sister, Angela Crispin, to hand-sand and refinish each oak board. A Brother's Truck roll pan rounded off the back end, finished by a pair of Billet Specialties taillights.
Once the paint was nice and dry, the truck was rolled over to Hudson's Rod and Custom in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee where Will Hudson stitched up the custom Bone leather. Dwayne borrowed a split bench seat from a '99 Buick Century and had Will give it the ol' tuck 'n' roll treatment to match the custom door panels. The stock dash was cleaned up nicely with a pair of Classic Instruments gauges mounted above the ididit steering column topped with a Billet Specialties wheel. Covered in Bone White paint and fabric, the cab of Dwayne's truck is finished as nicely as it is on the outside.
Dwayne's intitial outing in the Chevy once it was finished a short 14 months later was with his club, the Bourbon Street Cruisers, at their premier cruise night in May of 2010. All that hard work was starting to pay off, and Dwayne was surprised at the attention it had received as the guys had been hearing about the project for a year or so. Just like every project Dwayne's ever undertaken, the learning curve and pride that comes with breathing new life into an old truck never seems to get old. Amen to that!