The life of a world traveling car builder is rife with action, adventure, and well, a lot of waiting around. Just ask longtime CCT staffer and contributor Dakota (Cody) Wentz. You see, not too long ago Cody decided to venture to pastures greener than those that the magazine business had to offer and opened up his own shop: Star Kustom Shop (firstname.lastname@example.org), to carry on the torch his grandfather, Daryl Starbird, lit back in 1954.
Well, it's been a bumpy, busy road for Cody but roughly a year and some change later, his three-year Project Get Shorty C-10 was wrapped up and ready to be shot for the cover of your favorite magazine: Custom Classic Trucks. Having followed Cody's build since day one, (like I'm sure the rest of you have been!) I was extremely excited to see the finished product. And although we did get a sneak peek a few months back when Cody walked us through the bodywork and paint techniques shared with us by him and his grandfather, it was only enough to further wet the palette for more.
We finally convinced Cody to make the thousand-aught mile drive out to Southern California with the old Chebby and when it finally rolled into view, those of us in attendance were understandably gob smacked. The paint, fit, and finish that the two delivered out of a small shop is remarkable and underscores the amount of sheetmetal modifications that have been done. The paint scheme and interior treatment is also so left field of what most late-model trucks receive that to call Cody's Get Shorty pickup ground breaking would not be exaggerating. But I digress, what's truly amazing, over and above the workmanship and long hours that Cody put into his truck, is that it's a bona fide, finished truck that started life as a magazine project. And to put that into perspective, I don't think I could count on two hands the number of projects that have been started in the last five years in the Rod & Restoration group alone that have yet to be completed. And, yes, I include myself in that group!
So what can we all take from this? Well for me, it's a good reason to get back to working in the shop and get some more stuff wrapped up before I get too far behind. I have a few more modifications yet to be made to the F-1 until I flat run out of excuses and am forced to don a respirator for an undetermined number of weeks. Until then, I'll keep my nose to the grindstone and see if I can't get another truck done so that CCT can hold a magazine project record; two trucks in five years! Not too impressive, eh? Well, we DO have day jobs!