Without a top, the interior couldn’t be anything less than spectacular. The focal point is the handmade sheetmetal dash with molded Dakota Digital gauges and a Pioneer touchscreen head unit. A custom center console that pays homage to the smooth lines of the exterior, splits the tan leather and suede-covered electric seats. Both the console and dash are painted to match the rest of the truck. The door panels are covered with the same tan leather that envelops the seats while the carpet is a matching tan. Kool Kustoms, in Yuba City, California, did all of the upholstery work. The door panels also house a pair of Pioneer 6½-inch speakers. To break up the orange and tan interior, a Billet Specialties Half-Wrap steering wheel is connected to a chrome steering column. Behind the rear seats, the former cargo area holds the two Alpine amps, two 12-inch Alpine subwoofers, and a custom sheetmetal access door for the rear suspension and fuel cell.
Moving around to the front, upon opening the shaved and smoothed hood, reveals a pristine GM Performance Parts 572ci big-block churning out 620 hp. Embellishing the engine and engine compartment is a set of March Performance billet pulleys, a March Performance air cleaner, polished upper radiator hose, polished radiator mounts, and a polished CPP master cylinder. Helping the engine exhale is a set of Hedman ceramic-coated headers that feed 2½-inch exhaust pipes, while the juice for this thirsty engine sits in a 15-gallon fuel cell that resides between the rear framerails. Hearing this bad-boy fire up and roar to life is a spine tingling experience.
With this custom K5 finally complete, Rich is extremely proud of the truck and loves to cruise around Northern California with the top always down. He wanted to send shout-outs to Raceline Wheels, Pioneer, Dakota Digital, B.C. Fab, The Mob Shop, Kool Kustoms, Grant Kustoms, R.T. Customs, and CPP.