Under the hood, a potent 2000 SVT Ford Cobra 4.6L DOHC V-8 is coiled and ready to strike with snake speed. A pair of BBK 1½-inch long tube ceramic coated aluminum headers collect into a 2½-inch exhaust system with MagnaFlow mufflers. A polished aluminum Tremec five-speed transmission is backed up to the Cobra powerplant. Berry’s Machine Shop in Heybum, Idaho, machined a new 3-inch aluminum driveshaft to link the power to the narrowed Ford 9-inch rearend stuffed with Moser 31-spline axles, a Trac-lock posi-unit, and 3.50 gears.
The small rear window was removed from the original cab and the big back window from the donor cab was extracted. Jack and Casey carefully grafted the big rear window into the original cab. A pair of ‘89 Chevy door handles were fused into the door skins. Under the hood, a new pair of front inner fenders, radiator core support, and smoothed firewall were installed. The bedrail stake holes were filled and the bedrail ends capped. The unique bed floor was made from 6-inch aluminum tongue and groove planks. After painting them Viper Red, the top edges were sanded to expose the aluminum, then they were clearcoated. A steel roll pan was installed under the lowered tailgate. LED taillights were installed inside a pair of ’69 El Camino backup housings. The custom front roll pan created a smooth lower leading edge. Halogen headlights and LED turn indicators were used to lead and direct Jack’s ’57 down the road. The original grille was sent to Salt Lake Chrome in Salt Lake City, where it was stripped, recoppered and chrome-plated. The smoothed tailgate was given some texture with four vertical rows of louvers. After all of the numerous body mods were performed, the ’57 was trailered over to Crawford Auto Body in Burley, Idaho. There it was straightened, primered, block-sanded, and smoothed by Ferrel King who also sprayed the PPG Viper Red basecoat and multiple coats of clear. Eddy Lang was responsible for the CAD 3D matrix-style coiled Cobra on the tailgate. Tracy King cut, buffed, and polished the PPG Viper Red to a new dimension of glistening brilliance.
When Jack cruises around in his ’57, you can sure bet he’s listening to some rockin’ tunes. Josh at Top Tints in Bountiful, Utah, created the good vibrations. A JVC head unit with DVD is powered by a Memphis Audio amp. Jack is surrounded by a pair of 6x9s in the door panels and two behind the seat. The solid bass comes from a 10-inch Memphis subwoofer powered by a Memphis amp mounted in the snakeskin-covered sub box under the seat.