The most striking aspect of the truck may be its exterior. This is a result of many factors--the design collaboration with Jason Rushforth, the hands-on work of Les, his son Robbie, stepson Sean, Maxwell Metal Works, John's Auto Body, and Jerry and Karla Husby. The top was chopped a mere inch, shaved drip rails, headlights frenched, hood pie-cut and smoothed, corners rounded, new inner fender panels fabbed, and the bed was narrowed and fit to the cab, just to name a few of the subtle mods. The centerline of the front wheels were also pushed forward for better aesthetics. The grille was made from airplane struts and custom-machined cups hold turn signal lights from a late-model Harley-Davidson. Maxwell's made the aluminum toneau cover that hides a bed floor covered in 7-inch polished stainless strips and wood caps by Robbie. Jerry and Karla Husby are an older couple who handled spraying and finishing the PPG Corvette Torch Red and black paint. Les says he was very fortunate to find them as they did a top-notch job and were both meticulous and reliable. Mike Lavellee handled the ultra-subtle pinstriping and graphics on the engine cover.
Inside the cab is a black and brown leather interior stitched up by Paul Reichlen of Cedardale Upholstery. TEA's Design bucket seats were employed after some special mods were done. The door panels use pieces from a '55 Bel Air and '62 Nova while the center console was Les' idea and patterned after a '00 Corvette that was made at Maxwell's. The modified stock dash has an extra Dakota Digital panel added to the passenger side to not only bring some symmetry to it, but to also add some extra instrumentation Les wanted to go along with the Pro Charger. A Billet Specialties wheel crowns the painted ididit tilt column.
Eight years of hard work later and Les says the '56 is exactly what he had in mind and maybe more. We were lucky enough to catch up with he and Sean at the recent Goodguys show in Del Mar, California, where Les drove down from Washington to debut the truck and we got the very first photo shoot of it to share with you--enjoy!