Roger had a few more loose ends to tie up, like installing the S-10 steering column, the Flaming River power rack-and-pinion assembly, and the Vintage Air Gen II air conditioning, which included fabricating the lower dash panel to house the A/C controls. On the outside, Roger removed the bumpers and filled the notches for the stock bumper brackets in the front fenders, followed by respraying them and adding the rear roll pan and the vintage ice chest-inspired battery box that now sits in the bed.
Once the fellas deemed it good and ready, Dennis hauled the '40 to James Carter in Springdale, Arkansas, to get the interior done. James used the middle seat from an SUV for the bench and covered it and just about everything else inside the truck in a shell-colored Ultra-Leather to match the Lexus Vanilla Shake paint.
Four years passed before the Ford's remodeling was complete, and it looks as though it was worth every penny and every minute spent. It might sound weird, but the '40's subtlety is what stopped us in our tracks at the Goodguys show in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this last fall, so much so that Dennis went home with a CLASSIC TRUCKS Top Ten. Dennis and Marcia log plenty of miles on their vehicles, so you can bet they'll be at a show near youthis year.