A fabricated early-model Corvette waterfall center console was filled with a stainless steel grid and a Vintage Air A/C control panel and vents. The floor console was also treated with a matching stainless steel grid insert for the Hurst shifter that is capped with a traditional Corvette white ball shift knob. That same floor console also houses the remote tilt hood, remote tilt tonneau cover, and window switches and the engine's red start button. An Accuair e-level remote provides three unique suspension heights to be selected at the touch of a button, giving Black Gold instant slammed curb appeal.
Armando's Custom Upholstery in San Jacinto, California, covered the custom Glide bench seat with lipstick red-leather. The door, kick panels, and headliner were also covered in lipstick red-leather. The cab floor was insulated with Dynamat before laying down the Corvette black pile carpet. Traveling tunes come from a Sony head unit, powered by Infinity amps and projected through Infinity speakers mounted in the kick panels, and two Infinity 8-inch shallow subwoofers behind the seat.
Calling the '57 Chevy complete, Rodger had himself a mighty fine classic truck with many of today's leading technologies and conveniences. During the '09 SEMA Show, Black Gold was awarded GM's Design Award. It also received awards at numerous '09 Goodguys shows. Black Gold was definitely designed and built with one thing in mind-to be one of the most engineered early-model trucks on the planet. It will undoubtedly leave its custom truck legacy for generations to come.