At the time Kevin was doing the wood, he sent the frame and suspension parts to Powder Craft for gloss black powdercoating. "I decided to have John reassemble the truck to make sure we had the proper gaps and fit," he says. "It was at that point I figured out I was a little off when I had told John it fit great before. Well, another lesson learned. John likes to set all gaps perfect. While he was assembling the truck, I thought it would be cool to have a double hump on the dash. So I started looking for another dash to cut the hump out of and relocate to the passenger side. One day, while at Jim's Chevrolet Parts, which sells pre-'72 Chevy original and reproduced parts, I asked Jim if I could see one of his restorations in progress. Before I knew it we were in his shop that looked to me like an adult candy store. I saw a '55 Bel Air in his shop, pulled out the tape measure, and wrote down the dash dimensions. The Bel Air dash was not far off from my truck's dash; I asked John to see if he could make it work. John, with no surprise, made it work. Some people can't even tell the second hump is from a car.
"You have to plan ahead, right? I knew that I wanted to go to a two-tone paintjob, but how to achieve it was the only problem. The bodyline on the Tri-Five is 3 inches higher than the bodyline of the rear fenders. One evening we got out the green masking tape and started playing around. After moving the tape around we came up with following the front fender body line through the door and beginning the drop right before where the door handle used to be, and slightly curving it down 3 inches to the back of the cab.
"It looked pretty good. We decided to leave the tape in place while the guys continued sanding and shaping. It was about two weeks later when I got a call from John asking me to come down to the shop. Turns out Lorenzo, the owner of Lorenzo's Body and Paint, was down checking out the truck. After a few beers and some guy talk the Friday night before, he looks at John and says, 'Why don't you just lower the whole corner panel to match your imaginary body line?' It didn't take much convincing for me to give the go-ahead. Two days later, it was done. It was getting time to find a painter and an upholsterer. Walter of Powder Craft in Rocklin had a few contacts for both. Camilleri's Paint and Greater Sierra Upholstery were the two I chose to do the work.
"I decided to go with black on the lower portion of the truck and a combination of brown, bronze, and copper on the upper of the truck. The problem was that we just couldn't find the right color. One day while I was in Starbucks getting my morning coffee I noticed they had a metallic bronze color on their instant coffee packets and when I took it outside it shifted colors. I was hooked on the coffee and the color. We finally got the color, and it was a combo of House of Kolors Tangerine and Planet Green over PPG Jet Black. It was fun convincing Paul, the painter, that I really wanted this color."