The transformation of John's '74 from a stark plain Jane to a plush custom was almost a one-stop endeavor. The LMC Truck catalog had almost everything, except the black Corbeau Sports seats and the steering column.

To locate his seats John went onto Corbeau's website and found a dealer near him. For the automatic tilt column he went to Golden West Auto Wrecking in Westminster, where they got lucky and scored a complete set of Silverado window moldings, too.

Machining an engine or straightening a frame might be something best left to the experts, but when it came time to install John's interior, he felt the best way to illustrate tech tips for CCT's valued readers was to do it himself. It makes sense; after all, how can we show you guys how to avoid the pitfalls if we don't discover them ourselves?