Moving inside, the remote opens the doors to reveal the gray tweed interior with bench seat and small armrest. Instead of using a stock gauge panel, the dash was smoothed using an extra glove box door, welded in place, then fitted with Dolphin gauges. The original pad on top of the dash was no longer usable so a piece of 1.25-inch PVC pipe was adapted to fit and molded in. In order to maintain the clean look of the custom door panels, the switches for the power windows were mounted almost out of sight but easily accessible, on the forward edge of the seat bottom. With no door handles visible, the doors are opened from the inside by pushing the door lock buttons down. Modern Bear Claw latches guarantee a solid connection. The sound system fills the cab with music, thanks to the Pioneer AM/FM/CD player, feeding the 6.25-inch Alpine coaxial speakers mounted in the kick panels. Mom and Dad covered the door panels and Vann’s Upholstery, in Starke, Florida, stitched the bench seat, the only work not done in the family garage!
When it came time for the final paint, all three agreed that they did not want to see another truck looking just like theirs. Using their well-equipped garage, Sam sprayed the distinctive two-tone, using DuPont Chromabase Sunset Orange and White Diamond, with a gunmetal gray pinstripe in between. Several coats of clear guaranteed that foot-deep shine. Although they’ve had several, Sam said, I think this is the best one we’ve ever done.
Homebuilt and proud of it, the rejuvenation process took a year to complete with lots of late night adventures and plenty of hand sanding. Everyone in the family is pleased with the outcome and the truck has become a regular at cruise nights in the northern Florida area. Since the fun is in the building process and the boys have had this truck almost a year, it will soon be on the market and they’ll be looking for their next challenge. Yes, probably another favorite ’68 Chevy! CCT