"What color or colors to paint the truck might have been one of the hardest aspects of the build," Michael said. They wanted the paint to add to the truck as a whole while not taking away from any single part of it either--which is a tightrope act! In the end, an elegant combination of PPG Galapagos Green and Olive Silver, which are broken up at the beltline by orange stripping.

This all blended in perfectly with the interior that was expertly stitched up by Hot Rod Interiors by Chuck in Morresville, North Carolina. The two crafted the seats before covering them and the rest of the interior including the flooring in green leather--yes the carpet is leather! MRS made the all-steel waterfall center console that divides the seats, and gives home to the F-150 shifter, A/C vents, and Vintage Air control panel. MRS also ditched the stock dash in favor of something of their design. The seemingly ultra-simple dash they crafted now holds the gauge pod from an '06 Nissan Altima that Classic Instruments filled with custom gauges. An ididit tilt column was molded to the bottom of the dash and crowned with a polished Budnik Gasser wheel that leads your eyes down to the Clayton Machine Works pedals. Looking out the big back window there is a bed filled with exotic South African Lace wood that's separated by custom chrome strips.

At the end of the road, Michael called Harold to let him know the truck was ready and they were nervously preparing the bill--which was happily paid once Harold saw the truck. He put a great deal of trust in Michael and MRS and it looks like he got what he wanted--and more. In fact, since we first saw the truck at its debut at the F-100 Supernationals last summer, and had a chance to shoot it at the Goodguys show in Columbus, it won the well deserved Goodguys Truck Of The Year-Late. Congratulations to everyone involved.