With the chassis and drivetrain a sure bet, it was on to the House of Customs in Lancaster, California, for body and paintwork. This is where Pete and David really wanted the truck to shine, no pun intended. They hoped the longbed would stand out in a crowd, and not because it's a longbed. So the stock-yet-wild GMC front end was retained and would even get painted in the end, while the back side would have a Mar-K roll pan, a smooth tailgate, and Hagan flush-mount taillights installed. The factory steel was shaved of its door handles, antenna, and stake pocket holes before the PPG Quetzal Green Metallic and pearl white was laid down. If that wasn't enough, David mustered up the guts to add his own ghost flames to the green. To round out the exterior, the bed was filled with an ash wood kit by Bruce Horkey, a Brothers top-fill aluminum tank was stashed under the bed to eliminate the smelly stock tank behind the seat, and last but not least are the American Racing 16- and 18-inch Hopster wheels and Dunlop tires.
Open a door and things keep getting better! Randy's in Lancaster made the custom bucket seats, door panels, and flamed headliner, then wrapped it all in Arctic leather and suede for an ultra-clean look. The smoothed stock dash is filled with Classic Instruments gauges with relocated power window and wiper controls. Elsewhere in the cockpit is a polished ididit tilt column, Billet Specialties Chicanye steering wheel, and one-piece door glass. Randy's also installed the Sirius radio, 10-disc CD changer, amp, and subwoofer to keep the guys humming as they cruise California's Central Coast.
We met Pete and David at the Chevy/GMC Nationals show in Santa Maria last March, which happened to be the '56's first show and photo shoot. Congratulations, guys, we're sure your neighborhood automotive supervisors are proud!