With the rough metalwork complete, Steve "Con Man" Connons took over and sprayed Viper Blue pearl over the truck, and then airbrushed on some '50s-style trim and emblems. Then, each side panel was given a flying eyeball beneath Tech-Ni-Kolor Autocrafters signage.
When it was doing its daily driver duties, the S-10 rode on a Belltech 2/4 drop, but a more serious suspension was in order to fit with the all-out custom paint and bodywork. The Belltech spindles stayed, but now they work in conjunction with Air Ride Shockwaves. Air Ride was also the choice for the rear suspension, where the guys at Tech-Ni-Kolor added a Tri-Link and Air Ride 'bags to a Ford 9-inch rearend. Michelin rubber and 18x8-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels were chosen for the truck to maintain the classic styling.
The panel truck's interior fits the classic panel theme with a one-off wrap-around dash modeled after a '55 Chevy car. An aluminum gauge cluster from Classic Instruments provides Larry with vital engine stats, while both the dash and the center stack were filled with billet aluminum trim from J&B Microfinish, including the bezel that surrounds the Vintage Air controls and the airbag switches and gauges. More of J&B's handiwork can be seen in the center console that houses the Lokar shifter that links Larry to a 700-R4 transmission.
True to its original design, the cargo area in the panel remains open. Rather than fill the area up with stereo equipment, things were kept clean and simple with a Pioneer head unit, mounted front and center, that controls Rockford Fosgate separates mounted in the wheelwells and front kick panels. The final piece of the plan came together when Twin City Upholstery reskinned a set of '98 Blazer seats and wrapped the interior panels in gray leather.