All the body mods to the truck would be subtle but necessary, according to Mark. Shaving the driprail was one of the most difficult tasks Mark encountered during the build, and one that most people might not even notice until it's pointed out. The same goes for the '98 Chevy truck hood center section spliced into the stock tin by Bob Grant at Grant Kustoms; it's almost shocking how natural the later skin looks on the '69. Mark also shaved every emblem, the gas filler, all the marker lights, the stake pocket holes, and the tailgate handle. The bed floor was raised to accommodate its new lower stance, and the rear wheel houses were widened two inches to make room for the 20-inch Boyd Coddington Smoothie wheels with their centers painted to match the unique GMC grille. Mark meticulously took care of the finish bodywork before having Lee Millinich at Luis Millinich Body Works in Hanford, California, spray the almost electric DuPont Hot Hues Red Hot Meltdown paint. About the only things left to touch the flawless paint are the tasteful beltline and tailgate stainless trim-classy. Mark's brother-in-law Loren Johnson cut and finished the white oak for the bed floor that was left open in the middle to show off the unusual underpinnings.
Inside the '69 is a stock bench seat lowered by sectioning its mounting brackets to suit Mark's comfort. Red leatherette by Big Daddy's in Porterville covers much of the interior, including the seat, headliner, door panels, smoothed and shaved dashboard, and the not-so- ordinary gauge panel. It's actually the glovebox door that was no longer being used-they drilled it out to mount the TPI black-face gauges with chrome trim rings that really stand out against the red leatherette on the panel and the chrome ididit tilt column. Mark bought door handles and window cranks from Billet Specialties along with their steering wheel to round out the Spartan interior.
Mark is glad the truck is on the road and thanks his dad for all his help and wisdom, his wife Michele for her support, his friend Mike Fusco for all his detailing insight, and Stan at Early Classics for more help than one can hope for from any company. Even with the immaculate results Mark got from the Jimmy, he's a perfectionist and has already started building another truck based on all the lessons learned along the way with the '69-guess it's not time to say when yet.