In my eyes everything needs to be chopped, but being that Justin is 6 feet, 4 inches tall, he was reluctant. We settled on a unique chop to suit both of us. I cut 11⁄2 inches from the front of the A-pillars to bring the windshield’s top line even with the top edge of the side glass. From there 3⁄4 inch was sliced from the rear of the cap, and the windshield overhang was removed so it could be pulled down to create a smooth transition from glass to metal. When it was all said and done, an inch was shaved out of the rear, 31⁄2 inches from the front, the contour and glass lines of the roof now reside on an even keel, and the doors, B-pillars, and structure of the A-pillars were never touched!
Although the outside of the truck screams ’50s custom, what lies beneath is all 21st century. The freshly painted semigloss metallic gray chassis was outfitted with a Total Cost Involved Mustang II crossmember—complete with rack-and-pinion and disc brakes. The newly positioned GM 10-bolt, also equipped with disc brakes, received a Total Cost Involved four-link. Sway bars roost at both ends of the chassis, and a RideTech air ride system ensures the truck sits right for whatever duty calls. Power is supplied via a GM LT1 engine situated inside a one-off custom engine compartment fabricated from sheetmetal. Camouflaging the telltale signs of the LT1 is a custom engine cover, featuring a Mooneyes valve cover with a custom inlay. Power is channeled through a GM 4L60E.
From the beginning Justin was set on blue, yet we couldn’t find a blue that either of us liked, which meant it was off to the laboratory. Eventually we landed on a custom-mixed House of Kolor Kandy Oriental Blue I concocted from hours of trial and error. In the end I wound up laying the blue over a white basecoat, and then sprinkling in some diamond dust in the clear—hence the name Stardust. Complementing the brilliant blue is a set of Coker whitewalls and ’57 Cadillac hubcaps. Advanced Plating in Nashville plated the rest of the chrome adornments.
Being that the majority of the style of the truck is all custom, it was only fitting the truck feature an interior cut from the same cloth. When Justin stumbled across the three-dimensional blue drum set wrap, we had our building block. Therefore, various interior components, including the dash, door panels, pedals, console, as well as other exterior features, received the wrap. Placed over the drum wrap is Plexiglas held in place via blue-jeweled CB radio screws that Justin found at a truck stop! A ’59 Impala steering wheel mounted atop an ididit column was installed next. At that point the truck was taken to Mulvane, Kansas, where Walt’s Upholstery covered the entire truck in pearl white Naugahyde. Walt’s kept a simple ratio of vertical to horizontal lines consistent with the upholstery. Along with that, a custom insert is present in all panels, including the tonneau cover, headliner, door panels, and more. Lastly, a custom center console—designed to mimic the engine cover—was installed between the seats. So, as they say in Hollywood, “That’s a wrap!” CCT