One year frame-off, resto-mod. Custom features include recessed side markers and LED parking lights, LED tail lights, stainless steel mesh grilles, in-dash radio USB port and Geo Prism retractable cup holder in place of the ashtray.
The truck was a 20 footer when we bought it, but it leaked out of every possible location. Drove it a couple of months and then took it completely apart and had everything media blasted down to bare metal. Spent over 5 months just on tinworm repair.
Frame, most suspension parts, inner fenders and core support are all powder coated with anthracite color and clear coated. Body color is a BC/CC Lexus silver and the interior is medium and light grey pleather. Interior also accented with Autometer Phantom II gauges and carbon fiber Billet Specialties steering wheel.
Engine has Procomp aluminum heads and air gap intake, Demon carb, 10.1 CR, forged rods, balanced rotating assembly, roller rockers, coated hypereutectic pistons, Comp Cams 254H cam and lifters, March serpentine accessory drive, stainless shorty headers and stainless 2.5" exhaust.
Suspension has 2" drop spindles in front along with 1" drop springs. The rear has a 12 bolt posi with 3.08 gears and re-arched leaf springs (2 per side) that still need Air Ride bags to maintain a correct stance. CPP front and rear sway bars help the handling. American Racing Torque Thrust II wheels and Goodyear RSA tires from Newstalgia Wheel round out the package.
We drove it from Kansas City to St. Paul for the 2012 Car Craft Summer Nationals and averaged about 15 mpg. I'd hoped for a little better mileage with the lock up converter and OD trans, but I still have hope that further tuning will help a little. Besides that, it could use more caster, A/C and a lot lighter carb return spring. (My right leg still has the shakes!)
Even though I spent over a year working at least six hours a day, seven days a week on this project, it only took a half a lap around the fairgrounds in St. Paul to realize we'd brought a knife to a gunfight. But we still had a great time talking to all the folks that stopped by for a closer look.