Now that the suspension was in order, the crew focused on paint and body where a steroid-size task was awaiting the team. How could they make the body match the insane frame and suspension? Easy, let Doug and his design team loose with the waterjet machine and plenty of billet stock. Before the pieces could be applied, the body needed the proper paint treatment, and using the same plastic paint booth, Steve Bowden came back to paint the truck PPG silver. After bolting aluminum panels onto the truck's skin, Craig Fraser highlighted the flames with drop-shadow air brushing front to rear. Joe at American Fabrication rolled out a steel tailgate skin so Craig could airbrush the Terminator graphic onto the back. Continuing with the "from another planet" theme, the team created several pieces for the front boxed grille guard. Each piece was handmade, welded, and smoothed for an unbelievable look. The crazy rollbars were next on the list, with the exhaust exiting out the sides of each slab of aluminum. Creating his own light show, Doug bolted on a set of Gotflames flame-throwers, using a dedicated propane tank to shoot flames nearly 10 feet.
Other custom pieces include: aluminum door handles, door sills, a pedal kit, the steering wheel, the rearview mirror, bumper hooks, and grab handles. With the exterior on lockdown, it was time to go rescue the interior from the burning fire of stock hell.
Classic Soft Trim wrapped the stock seats in two-tone silver and black leather, and the DeBerti team smoothed the stock dash and painted it Alsa Ghost Chrome. Marcia and her crew over at California Audio and Video installed all of the Rockford Fosgate audio gear including the trick sub enclosure console. Completing the billet aluminum transformation, many of the stock plastic pieces were replaced with one-off milled billet pieces built exclusively for this machine.
Driving this truck is as much an experience as it is a challenge, after all it is hard to see the things you are running over. If you see Doug-or Arnold-driving this truck, don't be surprised to hear the yell "Come with me if you want to live."