Due to the fact that the scavenged body, cab, doors, front fenders, hood and bed were in good condition, bodywork and filler was minimal. Julian Paiz at 1st Class Auto in Hesperia, California, prepped, mixed, and sprayed the sweet "butterscotch" DuPont Hot Hues Amber Extacy and Sikkens paint with a hand full of class metal flake. The butterscotch-colored paint and flake was buried in multiple coats of clear, then cut, buffed, and polished to its glistening finish. Knowing there was only one area left to attend to, Dean looked to perfect the interior of his '56 Chevy.
Pushing the OEM-style door handle button and pulling open the door exposes the lavish interior that was crafted by Rosalio at Fox Upholstery in Victorville, California. Before any interior was installed, Brett and Tim laid down several coats of Dynamat Extreme sound deadening material on the cab floor door panels, kick panels, and rear cab panel under the big rear window. Bucket seats were removed from a '02 Chevy Malibu and Rosalio removed the headrests and rebuilt the seats with higher side-bolsters for a snug fit. Dean handpicked the bone leather hides to be used throughout the interior. Rosalio created the seat panel and French stitch design of the seats. Rosalio also created the custom headliner from vinyl and suede inserts matching the door panels. Tim Wepprecht hand-fabricated all of the interior components, center console, door/kick panels, and rear cab panel. Tim finished the interior components using vinyl and suede along with aluminum inserts to accent the exterior brushed finish. Tim also made acrylic inserts under the armrests and through the console. These acrylic inserts were then lit up using amber LED lighting, which creates an orange glow when the doors are opened.
The rockin' vibes were created by Tim Wepprecht and Jesse Moralez at Audiotistics in Apple Valley, California. The system is controlled by a Clarion Max 675VD head unit and the highs/mids are powered by a pair of Rockford Fosgate T400-4 power amps. The mids and separates blast through a pair of 6.5-inch mids with 1.1-inch inverted aluminum dome tweeters. The thunderous bass is delivered through two Rockford Fosgate 8-inch subwoofers, which are located at each of the lower cab corners. The subwoofers are juiced by a Rockford Fosgate T400-2 amp, which delivers 400 watts of power. Cruising in this ride, Dean now had himself a low-slung, high-powered, tune-blasting time machine.
It only took 53 years for Dean to have his ultimate truck, but with help from his wife and some talented builders, it's better than even he could have imagined. To get in the groove during the feature photo shoot of Dean's '56, we found ourselves popping a few butterscotch candies and tasting the sweetness.