Traditional oak slats separated...
Traditional oak slats separated with stainless steel strips add a touch of nostalgia while the linear-actuated fuel concealment kit cleverly hides the gas cap while giving us a peek at the detailed chassis.
Although the cab and fenders are original, there are lots of subtle body mods on the 60-year-old truck that include Hagan turn signals mounted below the Diamond Cut headlights, a show-chromed grille, and tucked-in front bumper. Door handles were shaved, a new one-piece hood added, and a one-piece windshield from Vintage Glass in Lawrenceville, Georgia, was installed along with single-pane side glass. The stock bed features custom latches, an oak bed floor, and a linear actuator that controls the Legens fuel filler concealment kit. The truck uses a custom roll pan with Hagan LED taillights and a cab-mounted third brake light. Once the body mods were complete, Dale Vicars finished off the outside, spraying the elegant DuPont Chromabase, Indigo Blue.
Lots of upgrades occurred inside as well, thanks to Billy Murdock from Brevard, North Carolina, who did the upholstery, beginning with the six-way 2001 Tahoe seats. After trimming the headrests below the rear window line, he covered the seats in tan leather with snake-skin inserts. The upholstered-to-match center console separates the plush seats and holds the air-conditioning switches. Controls for the air suspension were located in the glovebox.
The sheetmetal may be old, but there is nothing dated about this interior beginning with the six-way leather and snake-skin power seats, leather-wrapped Lecarra wheel on a tilt column, Dakota Digital instrument package, and the sophisticated Custom Autosound stereo.
Driving the truck is a great hands-on experience, thanks to the Lecarra wheel on a Flaming River column. The Dakota Digital instrument package adds to the experience, providing the driver with real time engine info. Rounding out the grand touring adventure, the Vintage Air A/C unit keeps driver and passenger cool while the Custom Autosound head unit on the dash entertains them with a high-quality stereo. It controls the single 10-inch Alpine sub behind the driver seat and the 400-watt Alpine amp behind the passenger seat. A pair of 6½-inch Alpine components set in the kick panels creates the mids and highs to fill the cab with sound.
Sam says the truck is a joy to drive and jumps at every opportunity to take it on the road. We photographed it at the Southeast Showdown in Anderson, South Carolina, where the Indigo Bowtie captured the Best Classic award. CCT