Moving on to the body, Steve went custom. The most noticeable custom piece would be the custom-fabricated one-off stainless front grille-alongside the Hagan headlights, it's definitely turning heads. All-new oak was installed in the bed with new stainless 'rails making it shine. Then, a custom aluminum gas tank was fabbed and tossed under the bed. All the badges and door handles were removed, the hood and fender seams were all filled, a pair of motorcycle turn signals were added, and Steve had a pair of custom running boards made from four original running boards. A Mack's Products Ford F-100 bed was then fabbed to fit the original '46 fenders, and done quite well as you can see. Greg Karlsterun of Denver did the bodywork. The smooth silver paint is a PPG VW silver, painted by Joe Qualls of Color on Wheels. Louis Allison was then brought in to throw down a thin pinstripe across this beauty to set it off perfectly. American Torq-Thrusts II were the wheel of choice for Steve, running 17x8s up front and a 17x9s in the rear, all wrapped up in Falken Ziex TZ01 rubber.
The interior is very well put together, utilizing an S-10 bench seat refinished in a charcoal and gray leather along with leather door panels, done by Autoweave Upholstery of Denver. The dash is original and painted to match the body. Steve decided to go Classic Instruments' gauges. Dashworks of Denver then installed a nice little hidden audio setup. Memphis Car Audio components were installed for a crystal clear sound along with a Memphis 8-inch subwoofer to add a little extra thump, all powered by a Memphis 300W amplifier. Steve controls it all with the Secret Audio head unit. After roughly two years plus some hang-ups here and there, Steve's project KB1 was finally complete. Steve says he wouldn't change a thing if he was to rebuild it again; he is very proud of his truck and rightfully so. "I'll never forget the first time I drove it to the Pueblo Nationals," he says. It may not look like it sees the pavement that often, but it's actually the total opposite. It's nice to see a beauty like this actually driven on regular basis. It's not often you catch a glimpse of a classic International-let alone one that looks as amazing as this. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind KB1 that leaves a lasting impression!
Steve Dalrymple & Helen Nopens
1946 International KB1