Looks can be deceiving. Real beauty is within. Don't judge a book by its cover. Blah, blah, blah.... People speaking these sad adages obviously never owned a custom truck. Everyone knows that to have a full-blown show truck, the inside must be as sick as the body. No one understands this better than Trent Van Arsdalen, of Baltimore, Ohio. Known for his killer dashes, seats, consoles, and enclosures, Trent didn't disappoint with his latest '04 Colorado creation.
Open the four doors, and your eyes instantly gaze upon beauty covered in beauty wrapped in beauty. Chamois and black Optima leather cover the trick door panels, the hand-built center armrest, speaker enclosures, and the bed's inner panels. Trent's center console houses two Faze gauges, the Air Ride Technologies Ride Pro panel, and transplanted window and lock switches. With many of the interior pieces out of the truck, Trent ordered several yards of Optima chamois leather and wrapped the dash, A-pillars, the headliner, kick panels, and the rear amp wall. Trent also removed the cheap factory carpet and added sweet beige square-weave carpet and Phipps Rod & Custom billet pedals. Installed inside the leather-covered Interior Supply and Services bucket seats are Rostra Precision and Control seat heaters. If the heat gets too warm, Trent lowers the windows and cranks the tunes.
Tunes abound in this midsize with Kicker providing the boom through two 12-inch subs in Subtomix enclosures mounted in the cab and two in the bed. A Dual head unit sends signals to Kicker components inside the cab and inside the bed. Kicker amps mounted on the rear wall of the cab and forward wall of the bed supply the juice. Each piece of audio was wired with Scosche cables. For added entertainment, Dave Planton installed a 7-inch Rosen monitor in the passenger-side airbag location and a 10-inch flip-down monitor in the ARE tonneau.
The exterior was next up on the build schedule. Lynch Concepts began the body mods by adding Corvette door handles, a Reflexxion hood, a Street Scene front bumper cover, mirrors, and a roll pan. An Inalfa moonroof and Trenz billet grille completed the mods and then the painting process began. The Lynch Concepts team, dropping the welder for the paint gun, then applied House of Kolor Red Persimmon and Sunset Pearl. A large black stripe with a green pinstripe separates the bold colors. Looking at the schedule, two things were left: suspension and performance.
For suspension, Trent delivered the truck to Cyrus's Suspension Shack where Cyrus was to add the Air Ride Technologies' Shockwaves up front and four-link setup in the rear. With those bolted on and sitting low, the Colorado also received Stainless Steel Brakes' 14-inch brake kit on the front hubs and 13-inch brakes out back. They work tag-team to bring the power of Trent's AIRAID air intake, throttle-body spacer, and Corsa after-cat exhaust system to a halt. Bridgestone Potenza S-03 245/35ZR20 tires wrapping paint-matched Bonspeed Laguna 6 20x8-1/2-inch wheels keep the truck glued to the road.
Trent outdid himself with this buildup, and as he said "'is a sweet accomplishment." We agree with you, Trent, and now you have inspired us to go crazy with our next interiors.