David got some expert body mod assistance from Tim Strange, of Strange Motion out of Cambridge, Illinois. David chopped the roof 2 inches in the rear to achieve its leveled appearance. The door and tailgate handles were removed and then shaved smooth. The LED taillight and front turn indicator lens assemblies, along with the flawless side and grille moldings are from Early Classics. The bed floor was transplanted from a '94 Silverado. It surprisingly dropped right in the '68 bed space. The floor was welded and molded smooth fusing into the bedsides and bulkhead. Fuel is contained in a custom 18-gallon gas tank that was located behind the rear axle between the framerails. The body skin was massaged and block-sanded multiple times to achieve a smooth complexion. Shortie's lemon meringue paint scheme features lemon yellow filling and a meringue white grille. The bumper, wheels, and roof- also white- contribute to the new fresh, lemony flavor.
Opening the doors exposes David's sheetmetal talents. He fabricated an all-steel dash featuring a center gauge cluster pod, filled with racy Auto Meter white-face gauges. Jerry Kensinger, at A1 Upholstery in Bartonville, Illinois, reworked the stock bench seat with ISS foam, before covering it with tan and mocha ultra leather. Matching tan leather door panels, kick panels, and painted headliner complete the interior décor. A layer of Dynamat sound deadening material was laid down before installing the plush tan carpet. The tilt steering column is capped with a Billet Specialties 30755 14-inch steering wheel. Andy Cook was David's soundman. Andy installed an Alpine 9886 head unit and two 8-inch subs. A pair of vintage Rockford amps power the subs. Andy located four Rockford 6-inch mid-range speakers, two in the doors and one in each of the kick panels for well-balanced tunes.
Shortie's trend-setting stature and stance is all about simplicity, and getting back to basics. This Chevy proves you can build a cool project on a budget that will turn heads while laying rockers at shows or cruisin' the boulevard.