A set of Genuine Boyds Legacy series Evolution 17x8-inch billet aluminum wheels with coppe
Steve performed all the body mods himself. The all-steel F-100 received suicide doors with shaved door handles, and a hydraulic dump action bed with a top hinged, dump truck style tailgate. Tinsmith, Tim Broadbent, lined the bed with copper inner panels. A DOT approved 28.5-gallon Manchester propane tank was located in the bed against the bulkhead. The rear was finished off with a smoothed roll pan and recessed taillights. To release the engine heat from within the engine bay, Steve punched 212 functional louvers into the hood.
Opening the hood exposes the copper inner fenders and firewall. A handformed, copper sheetmetal panel was placed behind the monochrome '56 grille. To complete the environmentally clean theme, Steve painted his '56 with PPG third generation Vibrance Envirobase waterborne basecoats and pearls. The PPG copper flip-flop metal flake gave the '56 multiple personalities. Steve knew that his truck would not be complete without a new custom interior, so he quickly got to work making it unique.
To create a clean nostalgic look, Steve finished the all-steel dash with Autometer Classic white-faced gauges. An ididit tilt steering column was capped with a Genuine Boyd's billet aluminum, copper anodized, Crown Jewel black leather wrapped steering wheel. Steve fabricated a center console to house the Airbagit gauge and switch panel that separates the '75 Monte Carlo high-back bucket seats. The seats swivel outward 90-degrees for easy access. Then, Steve delivered his '56 to Rick's Upholstery in Utica, New York.
The crew proceeded to cover the seats and door panels using black and saddle tan leather with tuck 'n' roll inserts and saddle tan piping. The cab floor was insulated using Dynamat sound deadening material that was covered with black low pile carpet. The sights and sounds were produced by a Panasonic DVD flip screen head unit that was enhanced by a pair of DEI four-channel amps for the front 61/2-inch Coaxial JL Audio mids and highs. The thunder rolls from a pair of JL Audio 8-inch subwoofers located underneath the center console. A pair of Panasonic DVD 7-inch monitors were built into the sun visors. Steve's buddy, Brandon Rettig, wired the entire system.
A custom truck build of this caliber required the help and support of many people and Steve would like to give a special thanks to: Phil and Vita (parents), Kristie Fondario (girlfriend), Anthony Manfredo (bodywork, airbrush and photographer), Ken Hodinger (builder, chassis fabricator, wiring), Tim Broadbent (copper smith), Lynde Schultz (engine machinist), Bill Battle (engine builder), Rick Giacona (upholstery) and Brandon Rettig (stereo system).