When Joel was about six years old, the Dukes of Hazzard and Smokey and the Bandit were big time hits. "I remember drawing vans with huge rear tires and spoilers, scenes with Chargers and Trans Ams jumping over hay trucks and monster trucks anytime I had the chance," Joel told us. Throughout the '80s, Joel's love for drawing really ignited and he sketched cars all the time, then when the Pro Street scene blew up in the early '90s, he would draw every car he could with tubbed Mickey Thompson's and polished blowers. Soon after that, Joel discovered the artwork of Steve Stanford, Thom Taylor, and Chip Foose who all helped to inspire him. He started using airbrushing and markers with a little pastel as well as drawing more hot rods and customs. Joel has done more than just renderings for customers; he has done work for Pixar, Toyota, Harley Davidson, and countless shops across the country. When asked what he currently does, Joel responded, "I get a ton of people coming to me for truck renderings, I think because trucks are more popular now than they've ever been, and the versatility they offer." Here are a few samples of what Joel has to offer. To see more of his renderings, check out his website, www.1320designs.com.

Joel Nelson
1320 Designs

Growing up in the 80's and 90's, I would draw every car with tubbed Mickey Thompson's and polished blowers.

Joel did this rendering to show what his shop truck would look like. Sitting on ‘bags, this '40 Ford tucks the original steel wheels that have been powdercoated gray and have chrome spider caps added. The wheels are wrapped in wide whitewall tires for a classic look. The door handles are shaved and the truck is painted in brown copper flake paint. Interior features include white tuck 'n' roll leather, the factory dash has been painted to match the exterior, and a gold metal flake steering wheel completes the retro look. The rotting bed wood has been swapped out for durable, weather-treated wood for everyday use.

With the economy the way it is, building a custom truck can be very difficult to do. This '81 Suburban is an economically built daily driver. A simple 5/7-drop gives a nice stance while 22-inch wheels fill the void in the fenders. A smooth, monochromatic paintjob looks good without causing a huge hit in the wallet. Under the hood, the 350ci engine has been rebuilt with all new parts and spruced up with plenty of chrome and paint.

One of Joel's friends is building this '72 C10. The truck sits on airbags with 22-inch rollers with deep dishes in the rear. Under the hood sits a turbocharged 6.0L backed up by a six-speed transmission. A simple flat black and candy flake green two-tone finishes off the look.