Power for the pickup comes in the form of a complete engine built by Grooms Engines. Based on a 1980, a 350ci small-block engine remains close to stock, with a mild cam and an Edelbrock intake and carburetor being the only performance enhancing parts involved. A March serpentine pulley system makes mounting the A/C compressor, alternator and power steering pump a snap and much attention was paid to routing the A/C lines through the fenderwells. A set of CalCustom finned-aluminum valve covers provide a traditional look that blends well with the sixties era air breather. Behind the 350 engine is a 350 Turbo transmission connected via a 2500 stall convertor. A Lokar shifter handles gear selection.
With the chassis completed, the body panels were reunited with the frame after several coats of Milano Red and PPG Concept Clear. The electrical system was then installed using an EZ Wiring kit and the necessary connections were made between the engine bay and the underdash Vintage Air unit. The cab was completely lined with Insul-Shield before sending the truck to Wilson's Upholstery in Rockmart, Georgia, where the brown leather with Ostrich inserts was stitched up. The combination of bright red paint on custom-fabricated consoles and the rich brown leather makes this one of the finest interiors we've ever seen in a truck. The Pioneer DVD/CD with Fosgate 51/2 and 6x9 speakers fill the cab with tunes.
The exhaust system was the final project and Robinson's Muffler, in Cedartown, Georgia, handled the installation of the Flowmaster mufflers and the associated piping required to connect to that one-of-a-kind exhaust port fabricated by Terry Womack.
Nine short months after loading that pile of parts in trucks, Tony McAlister was driving a brilliant red '54 Chevy into the Georgia sunshine. Of course, building a truck to this level in that short a period of time takes an understanding wife and a bunch of friends, guys like Terry Womack, the guys at Auto Refinishers in Rome, Georgia, Jeff Strieber and Freddy, Mario and Max. Yes, it was a group effort for sure. The truck always seems to draw a crowd wherever it goes proving a truck need not be wild, it only needs to be well done.