Well, it's been a long time coming...at least for me. You see, I've been here at CCT for over six months; in fact, I've been here long enough to go through four seasons! And through hot and cold, snow and rain, and most major holidays, I haven't actually had my own project-until now. Last month I spoke briefly about the '71 Chevy I purchased, but I didn't dive into the master plan, so here it is. But instead of me just laying down the spoken word, I contacted MK John of MK John Studio in Montgomery City, Missouri, 573/564-3683, and had him bring my vision to life-and bring it to life he did, with this wicked awesome rendering!
When deciding to build a truck, one needs to build something that reflects their own taste, personality, and vision, not what's in tune with the times. So now it's time to practice what I preach and build my truck to my likes. I wanted to go off and do something I've never seen before, build a '70s truck along the lines of a late-'50s/early-'60s custom. So without further ado, here goes.
As you can see from last month's picture, the '71 is a longbed, and in my eyes it's a wrong bed. So for the first order of business, I (yes, me; the entire truck is going to be built by the same hands that are running across this keyboard and laying down these words that ultimately go on to form sentences among the pages of CCT) am going to hack that sucka down to a shortbed, but instead of hacking up the factory bed, LMC Truck has delivered an entire shortbed to my doorstep that bolts together. From there, I'm going to shave the entire truck clean of any marker lights, door handles, emblems, filler neck-everything. I'm even going to shave the front bumper and fill in the turn signals. As for the hood, it's going to get a treatment of three rows of louvers per each side of the factory peak in the hood. Just below the hood is going to be a custom five-bar grille made from aeronautical tubing that's shaped similar to an airplane wing. The headlights are going to be sunken in behind the grille, and out back, the rear bumper is going to be ditched for a molded-in roll pan with louvers punched in it as well. I'm also leaning toward molding in the tailgate and shaving the driprail around the top of the cab, but we'll see how proactive I get. As for paint, the base color is going to be a semi-gloss black, but what really stands out on the truck are these killer Kandy Pagan gold scallops that MK John laid down. On the scallops, I haven't decided whether to go with gold or Lime Time green, so for now it's all about decisions, decisions, decisions. Laying the truck on the ground is Air Ride Technologies' new StrongArm kits that replace the front A-arms and the rear trailing arms. For rollers, I chose a classic wheel with a modern feel. I'm going to run 20x10-inch and 20x8-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust CL205s with as-cast centers and knock-offs with a bullet center cap. Voil, there you have it, Project Get Shorty.