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Inspiration can strike when you least expect it, but let's hope you all expect some from the pages of Classic Trucks each month like Rick Nowak from Covington, Kentucky, does. After Rick got his mild custom '48 Chevy 3100 on the road, he had some leftover parts he was going to sell until he saw Jimmy Smith's renderings in our Feb. '03 Sketch Pad. Jimmy's drawing showed what it might look like to build a "what if" Cadillac pickup, and it just so happened Rick had an extra '48 cab, fenders, and hood, and he knew where to get a free '59 Caddy coupe. With a good head start, Rick took all this and mated it with an '84 S-10 longbed that donated its frame, cab, bed floor, 350 V-8, and 700R-4 transmission. Keeping the abandoned '60s show car theme going, he mixed in a grille and headlights from a '47 Chevy passenger car, and even bumpers from a '70 El Camino.
Rick continued with the heavy body mods by adding the monstrous rear quarters from the donor Caddy and chopping 4 inches in the front and 3 in the rear of the cab, as well as adding a power roll-up rear window. There are also portholes from a '06 Buick, a Subaru hood scoop, lights from an Indian motorcycle, 8-inch flame-throwing stainless steel tailpipes, and a Mack Truck bulldog for a shift knob. The paint is what Rick thought the truck would have looked like if he found it sitting in a field somewhere in Indiana, and it looks like he nailed it.