The cab is fitted with Chevs of the 40's interior trim pieces and reproduction glass wrapped with SoffSeal rubber. Creature comforts abound, and why shouldn't they, we rodders like our accessories. The stereo system comes from Custom Autosound and closely resembles an original late-1940s radio yet it controls a head unit, speakers, and an iPod connection. Resting behind the glovebox door are the controls for the Southern Air A/C and heat as well as the iPod lead. The instrumentation comes by way of Dakota Digital in their latest VHX analog gauges, cruise control, and GPS while the windshield wiper system comes from Specialty Power Windows. Built within the speedo gauge are the fuel and volt gauges and the odometer while within the tachometer gauge houses the temp and oil gauges as well as a clock. The painted tilt steering column, U-joints, and reproduction first-generation Corvette wheel come from Flaming River while the floor shifter topped with the always-popular eight ball knob and pedals are Lokar. Hidden beneath the red carpeting, under the headliner, and within the doors is an ample supply of Dynamat to both deaden sound and reflect heat. The red and cream combo of vinyl is stitched over the Wise Guys bench seat fitted with a center armrest by Glenn Kramer of Hot Rod Interiors down the street from HRBD. Underneath the adjustable bench seat is a power port to charge your accessories, such as your smartphone. Kramer also stitched the door and kick panels, headliner, and covered a portion of the interior cab behind the bench seat with carpeting.
The heart of any hot rod rests under the hood and our shop truck is no different. Keeping our Chevy all Chevy we opted for an LS327 (5.3L) crate motor based on an iron block with aluminum heads and rated at 327 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. (Our motor came from a Hummer and had an 8-inch-deep pan that was swapped out for a Camaro pan; much shallower, thereby fitting neatly over the Fatman IFS crossmember.) To our LS we fitted a FAST LSX RT 102mm intake system complete with FAST fuel rails, and injectors are all linked to a FAST XFI ECM. Hidden under the Edelbrock "valve covers" are the MSD coil packs and primary wires. American Autowire received the nod for the truck's electrics as the engine and transmission computer systems hook up to the AA loom. The fuse block and all computers are mounted to a custom panel that's mounted under the dash to the firewall just to the left of the steering column. Adjacent to the steering column is the Lokar throttle pedal and hooked to it is the Lokar throttle cable. Another engine appointment includes the Kwik Performance relocator kit that moves the A/C pump from its passenger side below the engine position as part of the GM serpentine belt system to an above the engine position. This was needed again to allow the LS to sit low in the engine bay and be positioned properly over the front crossmember. The exhaust system is based on PerTronix headers and a cut-to-fit exhaust kit with their mufflers all high-temp coated by Jet-Hot Coatings. The copper and brass combo works together on the U.S. Radiator fitted with shroud and electric fan. The brightwork on the engine and used throughout the build comes from Kerr West chrome plating. The tranny is a TCI Automotive 4L60E and converter bolted to a Dyno-Tech driveshaft that ties to the rearend. The engine, trans, power steering, and rearend all use AMSOIL INC. fluids for that one last, and important, bit of protection.
It took a lot longer than we first thought, don't they all, but our Project Shop Truck is done. Now comes the time to get out there and chase parts and enjoy Saturday morning runs to get a bag of doughnuts and a thermos filled with coffee. Hot rodding just doesn't get any better.
All of the truck’s electrics are handled by American Autowire. Bilstein polished tube shoc
The under-the-floorboard factory battery mount is retained and now houses an Optima batter
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