Back when show rods and wild custom cars and trucks were at their height, circa late '50s to early '60s, builders spared no expense in creativity. Their art, expression of one's self, vision, or whatever you want to call it, began with the exterior of the vehicle and flowed into the interior. Long story short, onlookers got to see a wide array of designs and techniques being applied, for better or worse, being at the forefront.

In today's world of custom classic trucks, builders are still running the gamut with creative exteriors searching for new ways to distinguish their rides from the pack. However, continuing that creative mindset into the interior has dwindled in popularity. The never-ending search to escape the norm by looking for new ideas and ways to set one's interior off has seen a significant drop.

When I embarked on building Project Get Shorty I wanted to be sure to try and carry the theme of the truck, which is being built in the vein of an old-school custom, throughout the build, whether anyone agrees with me or not; that's why Baskin Robbins serves up 31 flavors. Therefore, when it came time to create the interior of Project Get Shorty I left my mind wide open. I began by placing an Auburn-style dash insert housed with my own custom-designed gauges smack dab in the middle of the dash, but that was just the beginning. I still had the seats to worry about. However, I wasn't satisfied with transplanting an oddball seat from some random vehicle in the cab of Shorty, which meant the only way to achieve my one-off custom look was to dig down and pull out some ancient Kansas kustomizing secrets to create my own seat and center console.

One might think building their own seat is a monumental task, however, it's really quite simple. All it takes is some 1/2-inch conduit mixed in with a little 18-gauge expanded metal and creativity and you're off. By bending and forming the conduit to your liking one can create any style of seat imaginable. Whether it's bucket seats, a bench seat, lawn chairs, or a chaise lounge it's all doable! For Shorty, my mind kept coming back to a hybrid between two bucket seats and a bench seat surrounding a custom center console. (Somewhat hard to picture in thin air, but the ensuing pictures are sure to help.) Oh yeah, here's the best part. Between the conduit, expanded metal, and sheetmetal I dropped just a bit over 80 bucks! Now of course that's not including upholstery, but that's something that will have to be done no matter what option one takes. For now, follow along as Star Kustom Shop whips up a batch of custom seats.

SOURCE
Eastwood
800-343-9352
www.eastwood.com
Star Kustom Shop
StarKustom@yahoo.com
Afton
OH  74331
918-257-4234
www.starkustomshop.com
Electric-Life
5990 Northwest Hwy. Dept. SC
Chicago
IL  60631
800-548-2168
www.electric-life.com
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