This truck came to us from Florida. I understand it spent quite a bit of time in Arizona. I don’t know where it lived its “normal” life, but it has never been rusty, so perhaps that was in Arizona.
Being around customized and restored vehicles for many years has helped me get a good feel for the cost of the build. In this case, I would estimate the cost to be in excess of $100,000.
Start be discovering a rust-free panel truck. Take the body off the frame, get all the LONG panels perfectly straight, smooth the fire wall, then paint the entire tub Pewter Metallic. I mean inside and out, top and bottom. Then find truly nice fenders, prepare them, paint them Sport Red Metallic (Burgandy), install the welting, etc.
Now the body is painted, so you add new glass, new trim, new chrome bumpers and mirrors, new light fixtures, ect. Plus, you install new ok and stainless steel bed floor.
In the meantime, you have installed door poppers with remote, power windows, new door handles and hardware and allowed the rear doors to still be locked with the key.
The frame is all media blasted and painted. The rear end is now a GM 12 bolt with 2.73 gearing. The front is a Mustang II power rack. All four corners are on Air-Ride Technologies bags with individual controls in the cab. The power boosted dual master cylinder is beneath the floor. The front brakes are disc. The rear end is stabilized by a four-link system. The wheels are American Racing with new radials.
The powertrain is all new. The engine is a RamJet fuel-injected 350. Of course that means a custom fuel system is required for the injection.
The 700r4 overdrive automatic has B+M internals and a B+M controller for the lock-up torque converter. The powertrain combination yields low rpm freeway speeds.
The engine is equipped with coated headers that feed a dual Flowmaster exhaust system. The serpentine belt system powers the alternator, power steering and the A/C compressor.
Vintage Heat and Air is ready to freeze you out. The heater hoses have never been plumbed to the engine.
Classic gauges monitor the engine and your speed. The odometer reads 8765 miles since the build was completed.
The steering is by tilt column and Banjo wheel. The feel is right and effortless.
The seats have been upholstered in leather. The entire interior is customized. The headliner and walls are upholstered. the front carpet is a custom woven style. For protection, a custom fit vinyl mat was made. It is held in place with snaps. Very nice, very convenient, very showy.
The scope of this build was huge. It took great thought, countless hours and lots of cubic dollars. There is no doubt in my mind that it exceeds $100,000.
Here is your chance to own a fantastic show truck for one-third of the build cost. You are going to be impressed, as is everybody that sees it.