Bodywork, handled chiefly by VHR’s Andrew Calkins, was next and before VHR’s David Sapp sprayed out the PPG semi-satin green acrylic urethane over the body and bed, the grille shell was shortened for proportion. To give the ride the look of nose art from a World War II bomber, Nick Knezic (Paradise, CA) was tapped to add the bomb-riding hottie to both sides of the cowl as well as the pinstripe on the hubcaps and around the car.
The handcrafted body and V-12 might be enough for some people, but the interior in Tony’s ride merits acclaim all by itself. Carrying on the World War II bomber theme, the roadster pickup boasts more than 4,000 aircraft rivets laid out across various parts and interior pieces.
Among the areas adorned with rivets is the pocket-and-heel step sectioned into the trans tunnel, the door panels and cab back, and around the gauge cluster on the dash. Individual bomber seats are sprayed with flattened green paint, and simple leather upholstery from Don Higgins Upholstery in Chico, California, is used on the seat’s base and backpiece. Under the dash is a vintage Sun tachometer and wiring by Jerry Bermudez, and the four-spoke steering wheel was wrapped at Paul’s Quality Upholstery in Chico.
After the pickup was completed, it made its debut at the 2012 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, where it won first in the Altered Rod Truck, Pre-1935 class. But a show winner or not, the car turned out the way Tony wanted it to and, after being involved in the hot rod hobby for 50 years, that certainly made it a winner in his eyes.
Model: Roadster Pickup
Owner: Tony Taormina