The twist of this incredible Effie is its muscle, which comes from a Chevy 454ci big-block. Normally aspirated, this engine is fed by a 750cfm Demon carburetor. The Bow Tie crate engine produces 425 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine block and cylinder heads were painted body-matching Galapagos green. The unique creativity that separates this engine from the others are the trick, handmade, body-color-matching green and silver with orange pinstriped air intake and valve covers, all of which enhance the engine's appearance. A pair of Sanderson block-hugger ceramic-coated headers direct the burnt gasses from each of the cylinder's exhaust ports into 2-1/2-inch-diameter exhaust that flows into a pair of MagnaFlow mufflers. An Optima battery is responsible for more than enough cranking amperage to rotate and fire the mighty big-block.
When Michael received the cab, doors, hood, and front fenders, he improved the cab by pancaking the roof 2 inches. Then, a Drag Specialties motorcycle flush mount gas cap was installed behind the door on the passenger side. The door handles were shaved, Dakota Digital actuators pop the doors, and side glass was replaced with Rocky Mountain Specialties one-piece electric side glass. Michael opted to purchase a custom bed from Dan Carpenter that was 3-inches wider and 3-inches shorter. The rear fenders were modified by increasing their height by 3-1/2 inches to allow the rear wheels and tires to tuck up deep inside the fenders. It also allows the smoothed and trimmed running boards to lay out flat when the 'bag system is deflated. The front fender wheel openings were moved forward 5 inches, then narrowed 1-inch, which made the openings a tad smaller. Michael removed the '56 factory dash, then fabricated his own dash that wraps around and continues into the doors. Next, a set of air conditioning vents were borrowed from an '07 Ford F-150. Michael used a gauge cluster from an '06 Nissan Altima to finish off the dash. Then, the crew at Classic Instruments made up a set of gauges that were inserted into the pods. He then designed and created the full waterfall center console.
With all of the body and interior mods completed, Michael rolled the prepped body into the paint booth, where it received a couple of coats of primer, then it was block-sanded to a flawless surface. Prior to spraying color, its two-tone paint scheme was taped off and masked. Michael mixed the PPG Mercedes-Benz Brilliant Silver, then applied it to the bottom half, followed by mixing and spraying the PPG Honda Galapagos Green to the top half. After allowing ample time to dry, Michael then broke out his pinstripe digger brush and laid the PPG Orange Crush dividing stripe. After it had time to cure, the entire body skin surface was buried in multiple coats of clear, before it was cut, buffed, and polished to a glistening finish. The grille bar is flanked by a pair of Speedway crystalline headlights using the rechromed factory headlight rings.