The flawless exterior was taken seriously by the McHenry father and son's crew. The trim molding and emblems were removed and the bumper carriage bolts were shaved and smoothed. The LMC door handles, grille, and headlight bezels were used to preserve the hot-rod truck appearance. A pair of flush teardrop taillights were scribed into the rear fenders. A flat, flush-mounted tailgate was installed above the smoothed rear roll pan. The gas filler on the driver side rear cab corner was removed and smoothed. To complete that smooth shaven look, Shane filled the bed's stake pockets. The oak bed floor was given a multicolored metal flake treatment before coats of clear were applied, enhancing its sparkle. A 13-gallon old-skool Mooneyes spun aluminum fuel tank was mounted on the bed floor. After a couple of coats of sandable primer were laid down, the entire truck surface was block-sanded to a flawless smooth complexion. The entire truck was then given four coats of two-stage House of Kolor Gold Nugget Kandy. The gold basecoat was then buried in numerous coats of clear, then cut, buffed, and polished to a glistening gold nugget shine.
The factory interior dash climate controls were removed, shaved, and smoothed. A Southern Air A/C system and control panel was installed to dial in and maintain a comfortable cab temperature during those sizzling hot Texas summer days. The team at J & H Auto Trim in Austin, covered the Glide split-bench seat, armrest, and door panel inserts with soft beige leather. A layer of Dynamat was sandwiched between the floorboard and plush pile brown carpet creating a heat and sound barrier. The truck's original steering wheel was restored and given a very cool, old skool, two-tone, paint scheme. The original interior door and window crank handles were refurbished and reused. Extracted out from the floorboard is a LoKar whoa-and-go pedal assembly.
During a phone interview with Shane McHenry, he informed us that their '55 Chevy literally took home the Gold at this years '09 Texas Heat Wave by winning Best of Show Fullsize Truck and Best of Show Fullsize Engine. Congrats!