Eventually the original driveline was yanked and a GM crate 350 backed with a GM Turbo 350 trans put in its place. An Edelbrock 600-cfm carb sits on top the motor, which also sports a Tru Trac belt system, GM HEI ignition, and Doug Thorley headers piping sounds through the Flowmaster mufflers. The rearend is the stock unit recogged with 3.40 gears for smooth highway driving.

To get the ride quality where he wanted, Jason introduced Greg to Roseville Rod & Custom. Suspension duties are handled by an AccuAir system with Varishocks at all four corners and 3-inch drop spindles in the front. Believe it or not, finding six-lug wheels that fit Greg’s vision was a bit harder than expected. (Greg says if he had to do it over, he’d have switched everything out to allow for five-luggers since they are in greater variety and abundance than his six-lug wheels.) He finally found what he was looking for with the custom-made Wheel Vintique Lakesters the truck sits on—17x7 up front and 17x9½ in the rear.

Inside the cab, Greg’s desire for a nice clean look lead to removing the ashtray, stock radio, dash speaker, and all the controls for a flush appearance. The truck now has a Vintage Air unit (kept clean in the engine compartment to hide the hoses) as well as an ididit tilt column, Billet Specialties steering wheel, and billet insert with Auto Meter gauges. The No Limit Glide seat was clad in buff Ultraleather and sits on top of square-weave tan carpet, thanks to the guys at Ward Auto Interiors in Orangevale, California. Tunes are handled by a Pioneer unit powering Xtant amps and Crystal speakers, all courtesy of Nu Concepts in Citrus Heights, California.

When it all adds up, a stolen truck lead to a chance encounter at a paint store and ultimately the truck you see here. Jason convinced Greg to take his truck to the Sacramento Autorama in 2008, where he unexpectedly but happily captured Second Place in his class. It’s anybody’s guess if the truck Greg had in high school would’ve turned out this nice had it not been stolen. When asked if he planned to put some anti-theft hardware on his current ride, Greg says that it’s never out of his sight long enough to be stolen. We can’t say we blame you, Greg.