Once suspension and power train modifications were complete, bodywork began by soda blasting the cab, uncovering several problems like rusted inner and outer rocker panels that had to be replaced. The hood was also rusted beyond repair but luckily, Scott sourced one from an old fire truck. Before long, the cab, hood, and fenders were in primer awaiting paint. Bed work was next, modernized in a traditional way but with a twist. Red oak planks were ordered from Mar-K with hidden bolts on the bed strips. Rather than leave the oak in its natural color, Scott ebonized the wood to make it blend in with the new paint colors soon to be applied. Mar-K’s stealth latches were incorporated to hold the new tailgate ordered from Top Banana and the rear wheel tubs were widened an additional four inches for clearance. Body mods were kept to a minimum on the Chevy Custom Cab but the bumper bolts were smoothed front and rear and small Peep side mirrors added. After spraying lots of trial panels, Scott chose a custom mixed shade of Lime Green Pearl, accenting it with satin black basecoat/clearcoat on the roof, grille, and side trim, matching the shade of the black powder coated rims.
With the end in sight, all that was left was the interior, beginning with a custom panel on the dash to hold the new Auto Meter Phantom II electric gauges. A Billet Specialties steering wheel resides on a polished column. The 6-way F-150 front bench seat with power lumbar was reupholstered by Bill Hess from Pinellas Park, using carbon and gray leather with lime green stitching. Adding to the fun is a Custom Autosound USA-630 head unit powering the six-speaker stereo. The Dynamat-slathered interior is library quiet.
Scott’s original goal was simply a nice street driven truck, one that was financed by the sale of his pinball machines, motorcycle, Vette, and boat. As tough as it was to part with his other toys, the completed truck was more than worth the sacrifice. It turned out even better than expected and the eye-catching “BADitude” has already captured three Best of Show trophies in its first three outings. Scott and his wife Jody are looking forward to many pleasant miles in their show-winning Chevy that has also become a great rolling advertisement for the business. CCT