Opening the doors exposes the blended snakeskin stitchwork of Mike Bessey and his son Jason at D&M Upholstery, also located in Bountiful, Utah. The original dash speaker hole and glovebox were eliminated then reshaped. The dash was given a padded dash cap and covered with tan leather with a snakeskin insert. A billet aluminum gauge cluster houses the Auto Meter white face gauges. A Glide split-bench seat was covered with snakeskin and a creative piping design was scribed into the seat. The cab floor was covered with a layer of HushMat sound deadening material before the square tan carpet was laid down. An ’81 Corvette telescoping/tilt steering column was capped with an ’81 Corvette snakeskin and leather-covered steering wheel. The very cool custom Cobra shifter was designed and fabricated by Glen Dilworth at Jet Dynamics. The truck’s motions are controlled by a Kugel Komponents aluminum clutch, brake, and accelerator pedal assembly. A Hot Rod Air A/C control panel and vents were installed in the dash to keep everyone comfortable.
This was the final upholstery project Mike Bessey completed before losing his battle to cancer. Ironically, the first truck that Mike upholstered years ago was a ’59 Ford, the same vintage as Jack’s ‘57. Mike Bessey was a legend in the Salt Lake area.
Jack would like to thank all of those involved in helping him complete his high school dream. He would also like to thank his brother Casey for his knowledge, many talents, and dedication to see the project through. Every time Jack opens the door of the cab and climbs inside he thinks about his close friend Mike Bessey.