While undergoing chemo treatments, Lamar and Kenny massaged, block-sanded, and prepped the body. After all the years that Lamar had built rods, customs, and muscle cars, he had never sprayed the final coat of paint. One morning, Kenny was putting on his paint mask and about to walk into the paint booth, only to be stopped by his dad, "What are you doing?" he asked. "I'm going to spray the truck Dad", Kenny replied. Lamar looked his son in the eye and said, "No you're not, I'm going to paint it." This '56 Ford pickup was his first paintjob. The reflections of the flawless PPG Black paint Lamar buried in multicoats of clear was a testament to the hidden talent he always had. He was very proud of his flawless paintjob and even now, the paint draws a crowd.
Opening the doors, your eyes are directed to the silver and birds-eye maple dash, with a Dolphin gauge cluster and white-faced Dolphin vintage gauges. An '88 Cadillac telescope/tilt steering column was capped with a LeCarra 14-inch leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Vintage Air A/C system is responsible for keeping the cab's interior cool during those hot Georgia days and nights. A custom leather-covered waterfall center console separates the '92 Mazda 929 bucket seats that were reworked and covered with BMW champagne and black leather. The door panels were also covered with matching BMW champagne and black leather with birds-eye wooden inserts. A one-piece champagne headliner covers the cab ceiling. The floor features Daytona loop carpet. Tim installed the traveling tunes that are produced from a Clarion head unit powered by a Clarion amp and delivered through a pair of 6-inch speakers located in the door panels and a pair of 6x9-inch speakers located behind the seats.
Lamar, Kenny and Tim took the '56 to the '06 Ford F-100 Supernationals where they received a Top 10 trophy. Lamar took the trophy to church to share with many of the folks that had helped with the project and prayed for his recovery from his cancer. At his show and tell session at church he designated his pallbearers. Lamar passed away a couple of weeks later. At Lamar's service, Mike Chesser said, "Lamar had finished and accomplished what he had set out to do in his life." Lamar was blessed with a wonderful family and every time the family takes the F-100 out for a cruise they know Lamar is ridin' shotgun, with a big smile on his face.
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Opening the door exposes the Stephens' family-built interior featuring a silver dash fitte