This '48 underwent some 46 body modifications to achieve its aggressive identity. Paul hooked up with Eric Brockmeyer of Brockmeyer Designs in Viera, Florida, to discuss a professional rendering that would reveal many of the subtle body mods.
J. R. Carnes at JR's rods and Customs from Maryville, Tennessee, performed the 4-inch chop of the roof, suicided the doors, and fabricated the front and rear grilles. Converting the factory doors to exercise a suicide opening and closing action with hidden hinges presents a real hot-rod look with the chopped top. Chris Nash, at Precision Rod & Customs located in Sevierville, Tennessee, installed a '41-'48 Ford car dash from Bitchin' Products. To achieve a cleaner appearance of the engine compartment, the cab's firewall was filled and smoothed. To achieve cleaner doors, the vent windows, door handles and side moldings were removed. A pair of Aeroduct vents were grafted into the hood sides, and a blower scoop opening was cut into the top of the hood to allow the B.D.S. bug catcher to periscope out into the fresh air. The redesigned one-piece frontend received an extended lower valance that was blended into the grille and fenders, with a reshaped grille opening. A custom grille and headlight rings were fabricated and chromed to house the '03 Jeep Liberty headlight assemblies with LED turn indicators. A pair of smooth running boards were shaped to fit the fenders and cab. A '66 Chevy bed was narrowed, reboxed, and skinned. The one-piece rear bed section/roll pan was fitted with a custom chrome grille and LED taillights. Chris capped and smoothed the bed stake pockets and bedrail caps. The bed floor was fully tubbed and carpeted to house the narrowed and 'bagged Ford 9-inch rearend housing and four-link suspension. Battery access and hidden storage was also incorporated into the bed floor. A Pro's Pick tonneau cover can be activated with electric remote actuators allowing the tonneau cover to be raised and lowered by the key fob or switch inside the center console.
The crew at Precision Rod & Customs did the final bodywork and paint. After the entire sheetmetal was massaged, it was primered with four coats of PPG primer. It was then block-sanded to remove any ripples or defects in the surface. The body was then given its blessing by Chris, who sprayed it with PPG DBC-Kiwi Pearl Green (custom mix), and PPG Kiwi Peal Gray (custom mix). The basecoat was then covered with three coats of PPG clear. After ample cure time, it was then wet-sanded. A serious cut, buff, and polish treatment brought out the flawless, glistening pearl green and gray two-tone hues. Brian Papa at Papa Studios, in Atlanta, Georgia, laid down some steady pinstripes to divide the two pearl colors.