The clock read 5:30 a.m., and as we were walking up to the garage door at Chassis by Aaron Iha, each of us resembled zombies. With the sudden lift of the roll-up door, we were awakened like an IV filled with Red Bull-it was glorious. Bare metal and beautiful, project: The Show was finally assembled and, looking at it in one piece, it was hard not to feel a rush of adrenaline from head to toe. This was it. Over a year in the making, this '67 Chevy C10 had been transformed bolt-by-bolt, fabricated piece by fabricated piece, and looked stunning resting on the shop floor. Standing next to it like a proud father, Aaron Iha looked both exhausted and elated. This build was an incredible undertaking. It was also very memorable for the truck's owner, Howie Kendrick, as he patiently watched from a distance, his first-ever, full-blown custom truck went from childhood dream to unbelievable reality thanks to several talented people.

As we've chronicled since the first issue of 2010, this truck was literally handbuilt, from top to bottom, front to back. Aaron Iha designed the frame, suspension, and every corresponding component on his computer, using Pro Engineer 3D, to ensure each angle and measurement of the geometry was perfect before a single sheet of metal was cut. Once the Torchmate Plasma CNC was done slicing through dozens of sheetmetal pieces, each were expertly welded together to create a rigid frame.

We won't list all the "custom" parts, as everything is one-off, with the exception of the big brakes from Wilwood, 20-and 22-inch Bonspeed Quasar wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555 low-pro tires, QA1 adjustable shocks, and Slam Specialties airbags. To add in the truck's one-off appeal, Aaron fabricated a crossmember to house the Ford 9-inch rearend and used U-joint-equipped halfshafts, inboard Wilwood discs, and Corvette hubs to create the only independent Ford 9-inch we've ever seen.

Shrapnel can most likely be found all over Aaron's skin, as well as the other Chassis team, including Dale Thomas and Ben Dodd. Each guy worked diligently fabricating, welding, massaging, and sanding the 100-percent metal body into the work of automotive art you see here. Most noticeable is the roof swap. No, this is not an '88-'98 Chevy with a '67 front clip like we heard from onlookers at SEMA, but rather it's a complete '67 with a '90 C1500 roof. This metal surgery required stretching the '67 doors and floor 5 inches, creating a new back cab wall, firewall, and new wiper cowl. New glass and weatherstripping for a '90 model Chevy were set in place and the front end of the bed was shortened a full 6 inches to keep things proportional. A beautiful, solid metal bed floor was fabricated and serves as the surrounding of the rear framerails and independent Ford 9-inch rearend. Up front, a stylized version of the classic '67 C10 grille was created and is solid steel. Incorporating the subtle point of a '69 Camaro front end and large off-road lights with billet rings, project: The Show's leading edge is unlike any other.