The middle of the dash was split horizontally, then lowered by 1½ inches to fit the Clarion DVD GPS Audio Deck before being fitted with Classic Instruments gauges. Watson Street Works supplied LED license plate, indicator lights and cup holders while Flaming River supplied the steering column topped with an original GMC steering wheel.
Next, the truck went to Dave Martin’s Upholstery in Surrey. Dave took the seats from an S-10 and widened them by 3 inches each. They now fit the ’58’s width perfectly. Seats, door panels, headliner, and speaker boxes were wrapped in two-tone ultra leather while the floor was carpeted and door step edges were Velcroed to provide access to the battery and master cylinder. Dustin, an architecture student at North Dakota State, designed the embroidered seat logo to look like a Canadian flag. Derek chose the sound system: one 12-inch bass, four 6-inch speakers, and two tweeters powered by two Alpine amps. Dave also installed and wired the complete sound system.
The truck now went back to Herman’s in Chilliwack. The 17-inch Anson Sprint wheels had arrived, and he painted inside the openings Viper Red to match the truck. Rear 8-inch wheels were mounted with 255/60 Michelins, and front 7-inch wheels with 225/65 Michelins with 1½-inch spacers.
We finally finished our daily driver in April of 2010. We had to vacate Herman’s garage because he sold his place. Turns out he bought an acreage and wanted a new shop. Being in construction, I was nominated to build it. Herman said it was my turn to lay awake at night while he demanded unconventional things. His shop got finished as well, and as a matter of fact, we’ve become good friends.” CCT
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