While under the watchful care of The Wop Shop, the crew stripped down an '80 Chevy 350ci V-8 and gave it the once-over. After a bore increase and crank swap, the Bow Tie block was stroked to 383ci with 10:1 compression, a Comp Cams camshaft, and aluminum Dart heads. The engine roars to life, courtesy of four Kinetik batteries juicing an MSD distributor, MSD coil, and Taylor plug wires. That roar comes from 3-1/2-inch MagnaFlow mufflers and Hedman Headers. Dress-up items include Billet Specialties air cleaner, valve covers, and pulleys. A Turbo 400 tranny with a B&M shift kit keeps the shifts brisk and the '96 Impala rear end with a Summit 3.73 gear set spinning those huge rear wheels. Now that he was rollin' low and fast, Big James moved on to the body where he knew something drastic was in order.
Arriving at S&S Auto in Alvin, Texas, the 37-year-old sheetmetal was given a thorough massage. Gone for good are the door handles, driprails, hood cowl, tailgate, and taillights. Up front, the crew at S&S added a roll pan and Carriage Works billet grille. Out back, a Grant Kustoms roll pan and tailgate skin were added, along with Precision Rods Rare LEDs flushed into the top of the cab. A full sheetmetal bed was fabricated, along with a tear-drop gas filler inside the bed walls. The doors were given the suicide treatment and the cab/body was cut 6 inches to bring the rockers on the ground, thanks to Daryl Smith's welder. S&S Auto then straightened the body out and applied the House of Kolor Black Diamond and antifreeze green to each panel. Pat Reed then stepped in and laid out the tribal graphics in sliver and red. Skulls were airbrushed into the red to give the four colors some real attitude. Now Big James had himself a looker, but he needed an insane interior to really make his cover truck stand out.