And while the motor is sounding good under the hood, the beautiful exterior matches the beast inside. Many of the truck’s parts were missing, and Sage and Eric found it challenging to find or replace everything needed, but all their hard work paid off. The front end of the truck remained a ’50 GMC, while the hood seams were shaved to give it a cleaner, slicker appearance. Both builders enjoyed the style of the single-piece front window, so they found a ’54 five-window cab to achieve that look.
Keeping with the theme, they also located a ’54 bed to match the cab. They only other year used was for the ’49 doors bolted to the cab. Now that the pieces were together, the truck was ready to make the journey to Nick Battaglia at Loose Cannon Customs to lay down the beautiful House of Kolor Pavo Purple paint. It was then finished with tasteful pinstriping for the ultimate look. To make the truck shine, they re-chromed the ’50 grille as well as the shortened front and rear bumpers. Finally, Mooneyes taillights were installed, which give the truck some extra flash.
The interior is just as extravagant with a ’53 Chevy dash that is painted white with a pearl faded lace effect. The dash was outfitted with a pair of 5-inch gauges and atop the tilt steering column is a Mooneyes white three-spoke wheel. The seats are from an ’83 Blazer and have been reupholstered by Lindy’s Upholstery in pearl white tuck ’n’ roll, along with the door panels, while black carpet covers the floor. The most unique aspect of the interior would be the Hurst shifter with the working vintage microphone sitting on the top. It pulls off the perfect expression for the overall truck and speaks class and style about the owners.
In addition to the Una Bella, Sage and Eric acquired a ’58 Shasta Canned Ham 10-foot travel trailer to show off along with the truck. Chassis upgrades via a four-link and air bags were a must so it can sit as low as Una Bella. It has 13-inch smoothie rims wrapped in 2½-inch whitewalls and the same purple paint to match. The interior is set up with a retro 1950s diner appeal that completes the overall look for the truck and trailer. Together the travel trailer and Una Bella are sure to be showstoppers at any event.
From the moment Sage received the ’50 GMC on that Christmas morning, she and her husband Eric have continuously worked on the Una Bella. Together for a year and a half they’ve created new memories, but never forgetting the old ones that Una Bella represents. Now they are enjoying the truck together, taking it to local shows and cruising to major events to show off their hard work. They win trophies, awards, and respect from everyone in the community, and they plan on continuing that trend as long as the Una Bella is in motion.