A GM Performance 502ci factory crate engine was delivered to Scott Thomas in Forney, Texas, where it received some minor cylinder head machine work, and the addition of a more potent Lunati camshaft. An MSD ignition system, Blaster 2 coil, 6A ignition box, MSD distributor and 8.8 ignition wires were installed. The 502 crate produced 545 hp @ 5,200-rpm, and 567 lb-ft @ 4,200-rpm. A custom handcrafted air-intake was designed and fabricated by Roger Lynsky at Stoked Out Specialties. It features dual tube breathers. A Be Cool aluminum radiator maintains cool engine operating temperatures during hot summer days and nights while cruising. A Billet Specialties polished billet aluminum pulley kit contributes both function and beauty to the endless journey of the spinning serpentine belt. The exhaust gases are exhausted through a pair of ceramic-coated Sanderson headers that collect into a 3-inch diameter exhaust, which flows into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. A GM 350 automatic transmission received all new internal rotating components, along with a Street Fighter valvebody shift kit. A Street Fighter torque converter reacts to the engine rpm. An aluminum driveshaft links the transmission to the GM 12-bolt rearend, stuffed with an Eaton posi-unit and 3.73 Richmond gears.
Terry discovered the '70 C10 body in fair condition with no major dents or rust. The '70 front fenders, hood, grille and headlight bezels were swapped out for '67 front sheetmetal and a pair of Speedway Halogen crystalline headlights. A Goodmark steel 2-inch cowl hood was installed to present an attitude. The '67 front and rear bumpers were shaved and narrowed to fit the front fenders and rear bed tighter. The factory taillights were filled with LEDs. The factory tailgate was left unmolested maintaining the factory tailgate handle. The bed floor was raised 5 inches allowing for ample rear suspension clearance. Each of the rear wheel tubs were made from two tubs cut and welded together to accommodate the massive, 18-inch wide Mickey Thompson tires. The factory emblems, side markers, drip rails, and door handles were all shaved. The rear window glass raises and lowers vertically by remote command. After all of the body mods were performed, the entire body skin was massaged before applying a couple of coats of sanding primer, that was then block-sanded to get every panel and surface straight and true. Scott Thomas did the final preparation and masking before applying multi coats of PPG Torch Red. Then Scott laid down six coats of PPG clear to give it the Torch Red its endless depth. After the surfaces were buffed and polished, the PPG Torch Red took on the appearance of a red-hot Habanero pepper.