With the suspension buttoned up, Tim and Bill switched their focus to the body. During the first iteration, Tim left most of the body’s front end factory fresh, but this time, he had something bigger in mind. Ditching the 1500 bumper, grille, and hood, the guys swapped on Chevy 2500HD pieces for a burlier head-on appearance. To seal the deal, Bill guided Tim through the fabrication of a sheetmetal front bumper and welded it to the fenders for a clean, molded look. A polished mesh grille from T-Rex adds a little brightwork to the front end. Other body mods included shaving the side mirrors and adding taillights to the Grant Kustoms Cali Combo. With the body prepped, Caesar, also from Ekstensive, painted the entire truck PPG Subaru Blue (or Bud Light blue as Tim likes to call it). One pigment forever changed the appearance of Color Blind. The PPG paint came from Johnson Paint Supply in Houston. With the truck blue, it somehow looks lower, meaner, and even more custom.

Those wild 180-degree-opening rear Crew Cab doors - the brainchild of Bill at Ekstensive and Bob Grant of Grant Kustoms remained intact, only with modified door panels that now house 32-inch TVs rather than amplifiers. Tim removed the fiberglass dash and replaced it with a metal unit from a ’54 Ford pickup. That dash was then filled with elegant Dolphin Gauges. Tim extended the underside of the dash and fitted it with a 22-inch monitor. That metal lower dash area then seamlessly flows into a sheetmetal center console housing the 7-inch Pioneer head unit and four Alpine amps that cascade like a waterfall on the backside of the console. Providing the boom are three 15-inch Alpine Type-R subwoofers in a wild sheetmetal enclosure that is also home to three 22-inch TVs. "Little One" and "Squirrel" handled the audio/video wiring, while Tim handled the interior metal work and helps prove that cover truck owners do get their hands dirty. Powering all of the audio are multiple Kinetik HTC800 Power Cells. Something that just makes us shake our heads is the headliner. We’ve seen suede, leather, animal hides, even fiberglass, but we’ve never seen what Tim came up with. Buying a full roof skin from an ’08 Silverado, Tim shaved the headliner by welding in a completely smooth metal roof skin. It’s awesome and it’s original. Tim also welded in Alpine 6 1/2-inch components in each corner for a surround sound experience. The Handmade Seat Company seats were retained but mounted on new, taller sheetmetal pedestals. Once the console, dash, sub enclosure, headliner, and seats were dialed in, everything received several coats of blue paint. Joe at Advanced Auto Trim, also in Houston, wrapped the seat cushions in black suede and completed the interior makeover by wrapping the steering wheel in black leather.

Daily Grind Fabrication assembled the 383ci small-block the first time around and the only thing the engine needed was blue accents to match the makeover. The valve covers, air cleaner, and engine block were all painted blue to match the frame and suspension components.

With the truck looking as good as it does, Tim plans on showing it for 2011 and then driving the wheels off of it later in the year. He’s obsessed and our scene/hobby is better for it. As with anything, teamwork was important and Tim was quick to thank Bill, Bob, Mitch, Derek, Rudy, Matt, Zach, Jamey, Erik, Joe, and his family who support him no matter what color the truck is.