Under the hood, Chad left the factory 350ci engine in place, but dressed it up to match the custom feel. The alternator, A/C compressor, and A/C lines have all been polished, while several other pieces were painted burgundy. To finish off the engine compartment, Chad took the factory hood from the truck and shortened, narrowed, and bubbled it to fit over the engine. He also stopped the bodylines from continuing into the firewall by cutting off the rear of the hood. Chad then painted the engine cover to match the rest of the truck. For more room under the hood, Chad moved the Odyssey battery to the bed where a second battery resides along with two polished five-gallon air tanks and the Air-Zenith compressor. To help with turning the big 22s, Chad made a custom cold-air intake and Edelbrock headers were connected to Flowmaster mufflers. Also, a Hypertech power programmer and a B&M shift kit help unleash a few more horsepower from the factory 5.7L. Since the rear axle now sits much closer to the body, the driveshaft was shortened. With the engine finished, Chad turned his attention towards the interior.

Looking at the front of the truck, you can follow the flames from the hood right through the windshield onto the top of the dash. The rest of the interior is also painted to match the exterior with indigo blue and burgundy flames outlined in lime green. A pair of ‘67 Mustang seats offer a custom feel and a relaxing seating platform. Between the seats sits a fiberglass console which houses the air gauges, window controls from an ’85 Cadillac, and the switches for the airbags, which Chad has outfitted with .30-06 shell casings. Another custom touch is a “Day of the Dead” painted skull that covers up a switch that kills the speakers and televisions in the event of Chad having a run-in with the po-po. If you follow the center console back, you are lead to a massive fiberglass sub enclosure in the back seat of this extended cab. Willy, from Level 10 Audio and Performance, also in Mesa, built the enclosure that provides a home to four Rockford Fosgate T2D215 15-inch subwoofers. Feeding these subs as well as the JBL 6 ½-inch speakers and JBL 4x6-inch speakers are a total of three Rockford amplifiers. The amps get their signal from an Audio Control equalizer, which is fed by a Clarion touchscreen head unit. The head unit is one of four monitors throughout the cab, one is in the passenger airbag location, one is in the center console, and the last one is in the sub enclosure on the passenger side. A third Odyssey battery sits in the third door, which combine to provide enough power for the entire system. Final touches to the interior include red carpeting, a 1958 Impala steering wheel, and US Speedo gauges.

Chad has definitely taken a once unappreciated custom truck and given it a complete makeover. When asked what shows it has been to, Chad responded by saying, “every parking lot it rolls into is an instant show, come on.” This shows how much he really takes pride in his truck. Chad wanted to send shout-outs to Joe at Airbagit, Terin Dumas from Interior Designs, Rhett at KMC Wheels, Nick at US Speedo Gauges, Rick at slidingragtops.com, Jake at Rockford Fosgate, Odyssey batteries, Allen Jay at Concept 1 and of course his wife, Meredith, for not seeing him for a month while he finished up this truck for SEMA.