The '57 truck cab and bed were shaved, cleaned, and painted with DuPont's Chroma Premier. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is a single-stage paint. That's right, no clearcoat! They must have burnt up three or four polishers to get the paint to refract like it does. Few body mods were needed to make the truck clean-looking. The hood emblem was shaved, a bug-catcher hole was carved, an electronic flip-up passenger taillight for fuel filler are the only real body mods. But, it was enough to set this truck's attitude.
GM rushed these vehicles to production, so certain things about their construction left much to be desired. Fiberglass bed sides were one of the quick fixes GM concluded would suffice the supply and demand. If any of you have worked glass, you know the amount of work it takes to get these panels straight. There's no doubt many of the bodywork man-hours were spent making these bedsides smooth.
Peering through the hood is Hilborn's Shotgun bug-catcher, which is all you'd need to know this custom may be beautiful, but under the hood; it's all business. The predator's powerplant consists of a ZL1 427ci Stingray-inspired fire-breathin' mongrel. The aluminum block was fitted with open-chamber Brodix heads that develop no more than 8.5:1 compression. Eagle's 4340 forged crank and rods topped with JE Pistons provide the strength for high cylinder pressure. To ensure the high-dollar rotating assembly is up to standards, the engine was fitted with a fully-polished 8-71 roots blower that provides increased cylinder pressure on demand. Fuel is delivered to the rat through Hilborn's new electronic injection. The engine's heartbeat is dictated by a Schneider .600 (lift in inches, as if you didn't know) hydraulic roller cam.
It took more than 5,000 man hours to complete this sick creation. If you ever stop to see it, you'll know custom trucks at this level far exceed the value of any same make and model "stock" build.