The engine is a small-block, warmed to 355 cubes. A triple Rochester carb setup bolts to an Edelbrock intake, but only the center carb works, as the outer pair are blocked off. Of the only few "new" items on the entire truck could be the Pertronix electronic ignition system and the Painless Wiring system. Dave makes up for that with the homemade headers, which were fashioned in his shop out of a pair of old torque tubes. The biggest splash of color on the truck is the engine, which was painted (by Dave) with a pearl orange paint. The drivetrain was complete with the addition of an S-10 five-speed trans, which is a collection of parts from the last three transmissions he's blown up.

Inside the '32 a '36 Ford dash was used and filled with an assortment of gauges, plus a Sony stereo unit (gotta have tunes, right?). A '60s-era Lincoln steering wheel bolts up to a Mustang column and a tall, homemade shifter (with a Budweiser beer keg tap used as a shifter knob) is about the only shiny bit in the interior. The bench seat was homemade and covered by Dave with a white vinyl tuck 'n' roll stitch job. The headliner is vinyl, too, and features a great pinstripe job from Brian Mihelis of Adpro Design (Peabody, MA).

After Bob and Dave got the truck straight, Dave painted it with glossy black Centari enamel, which he then followed by adding an orange scallop to the Deuce grille shell. As a topper to the paint job, Mihelis came back to letter both doors with the name of Dave's business, Paras Auto Glass.

And though it's true that hot rods are never really finished, Dave doesn't see any more custom work going into his truck. Maybe someday the fenders will go back on, but maybe not (Massachusetts recently repealed its decades-old fender laws). He still has his '58 Olds (and always will), and just sold his '55 Chevy, so you never know what Paras will come up with next. But you can bet the farm that it'll be something built in the truest spirit of the hobby.