When team WCC found themselves on the threshold of the bodywork stage, they quickly realized that working with brand-new panels would be ideal. Luckily LMC Truck carries fresh metal panels, so the project wouldn't be slowed down while attempting to resurrect the 55-year-old skin. While the crew was at it, they had LMC Truck kick down fresh bumpers, taillights, door handles, roll pan, and a grille shell, which was stuffed with custom-fit Merc teeth. To take the hot-rod style a few steps further, the roof was chopped three inches, and hood vents were grafted into position. Since the Ford was conceived to be an unseen street predator, the only color option for the LMC sheetmetal that would properly suit the occasion was PPG Envirobase flat black coupled with matte clear.

What sounds like an exciting movie prop build was actually a hectic situation for WCC, as they had to build two more identical trucks that looked and performed exactly like the one we photographed while on location at their Corona, California, compound. As anyone can imagine, any type of fast-paced, Hollywood production would be hell on the nerves, but the West Coast boys were only given three weeks to build three completely crazy trucks for the movie: one that was going to be driven by Sly himself, and two stunt trucks that were purposely built to take an unholy beating on film. Without the help on LMC Trucks, Heidts, Edlebrock, B&M Transmissions, and three dedicated Wyotech interns, Rusty McClintock, Owen Lubenow, and Matt Myers, the entire project wouldn't have come to its complete evolution in time for the first take.

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