To assist with the wiring and put the finishing touches on the truck, Don enlisted Ron Tesinsky of Westside Kustoms in Billings. Explaining their successful working relationship, Ron said, "I kept showing him things and he kept saying, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah!' That makes it really fun for me, because you have to use some artistic flair while you're doing a project." A veteran Bonneville racer and trusted customizer, Ron has a keen eye for detail. Simplifying the engine bay, he developed a panel system that contoured the headers to conceal all the air-conditioning lines and heater hoses. Fabricated out of flat aluminum and fastened with flathead Allen screws, the panels create an elegant environment for the engine.
Inside the Ford cab, Don wanted to utilize a luxurious Cadillac Seville seat because of its convenient built-in shoulder harnesses and added lumbar support. So Ron took the concept and ran with it. Fabricating a one-of-a-kind console between the seats, Ron was able to hide the controls for the air conditioning, headlights, wipers, and ignition. With its brushed aluminum power door, the console closes smoothly to give a sense of space to a relatively tight cab. The kick panels were also handbuilt by Ron, sculpted from foam and fiberglass to incorporate the speakers and air-conditioning outlets. Finally wrapping the seats in rich leather and fitting the wool carpet, Gary Cylmore at Roundup Upholstery completed the handsome interior.
Recently receiving top honors at its first three shows, Don's blistering hot F-100 is prepped for its new incarnation. From its alluring flame job to its exquisite custom interior, watch for Don and his wife, Marilyn, to fill those stylish Foose mirrors with open road, as this truck won't be staying on the farm. Putting a grin on their faces, its white Auto Meter gauges will dance to the beat of 350 hp. Because as anyone can rightfully see, this pickup is more than just a classic truck...it is truly sublime!