Bill, along with Alex Gambino, was responsible for doing the body work on the pickup before Alex covered it with a custom-mix red using RM paints. The world-travelling pinstriper Herb Martinez then came along and stripped the truck in a classic Tommy "The Greek" style line job.
Inside the cab a custom bench seat was made before everything was covered in Lexus Beige leather and vinyl. A Camaro steering column (topped with a Lecarra wheel) was attached to the stock dash, which features a stock gauge cluster that had been reworked by United Speedometer. After a Painless Wiring system was used the truck was ready for the road, though it did not have very many miles on it before Bill decided to sell it.
Upon acquisition, the truck immediately became a center-piece to the collection Carl was in the midst of putting together. He and Travis, who in time had become quite a good welder, again started looking for a project the two of them could work on, but an accident took the 23-year-old's life and, understandably, the wind out of Carl's sails.
Though losing a child is something that any parent will never get over, Carl, over time, slowly began to refocus his thoughts and energies into his garage (a rather large barn outfitted with everything a builder might want, including a couple of lifts) and his cars. He is currently looking for a truck project that he'd like to build in honor of his son and, knowing something of Carl's style and attention to detail, it will undoubtedly be a keeper and something we'd all like to own.
Yes, it's a '34 Dodge, but...
Yes, it's a '34 Dodge, but builder Bill Osiakowski customized many areas of the truck, including a license plate that horizontally slides back under the custom bed and a contemporary Dodge emblem on the tailgate.