Inside the cab, the paint is contrasted by buttercream leather upholstery and carpeting. Posies kept a few original Kaiser pieces, but restyled the original dash. A custom subdash was constructed using magnetically closing panels to hide the controls, including those for the Vintage Air A/C system. Rich Perez of RP Interiors in Horseheads, New York, handled all of the beautiful upholstery.
A Walter Prosper Designs air cleaner tops the thoroughly polished ZZ5 crate small-block engine. The TH700-R4 transmission was built by Del-Trans specifically for this unusual project. At the rearend, 3.73:1 gears pack a Currie 9-inch.
The Kaiser frame has been strengthened with crossmembers and vertical trusses. Independent suspension from Fatman Fabrications was mounted in front. Posies Super Slide springs were added to the rear and RideTech airbags were installed to drop both ends.
Understated paint would never stick to a phantom truck invented by “Madman” Muntz. The right color, obviously, is Cyber Green, taken from late-model VW Beetles. Everywhere there’s paint on this truck, that’s the color, expertly sprayed by Kasey Novinger at KC’s Collision Custom and Classic in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
Although the three ’47 Kaiser Muntz pickups didn’t succeed in convincing Kaiser to enter the pickup truck market, they might’ve had more influence than we know. A few years later, the company built a concept luxury pickup from a ’54 Kaiser Special model. As far as we know, it has been restored and is still around. Kaiser Motors had already turned their attention to Willys Jeeps by the time Ford introduced the Ranchero, followed by the Chevy El Camino. And in 2012, Gary and Beth Maisel and Posies Rods and Customs have produced what might be the most luxurious luxury pickup of them all. Somewhere “Madman” Muntz is smiling.