Designing and building a truck is a challenging task that makes us lose sleep over paint options, wheel diameters, and suspension setups. Often times, one of the most important areas of a custom truck is overlooked and left for a little mod here and there. A truck's interior is more than just a couple seats-it's the command center for whatever journey you start each and everyday. Whether it be a cruise night, a long trip to a truck show, or even the 9 to 5 jaunt, you spend most of your time inside the cab of your rig and shortchanging its confines is a crime. We want to inspire you with fresh new ideas we've seen from some of the nation's top custom trucks. Do what they did and be creative. Use your own ideas, steal someone else's tricks, and build an interior fit for the rest of your truck. Check out these interiors and get started with the leather, suede, fiberglass, billet, and audio.
Complete Interior Designs
Justin Veit's GMC has won plenty of Best of Show awards and his wild interior is a big reason why. A completely hand-built dash, center console, and sub box leave everyone scratching their heads.
Completely custom isn't always required as Chassis By Aaron opted to dye the interior to better match the soft leather seats. The look isn't over-the-top, but it is eye-catching.
Not a big fan of loud colors and graphics, Casey Ridinger chose to paint everything one solid, exterior-matching color. The factory leather seats and leather wrapped factory wheel provide a natural contrast.
Sin City Kustoms went full hot-rod inside the roll cage of its classic Ford. Lipsitck red leather screams "look at me" from the vibrant blue paint scheme. The look is perfect for the blown big-block V-8 truck.
One of the most wild interiors we've ever seen, this Mini Cooper truck was completely hand-built from fiberglass and features enough gauges for the space shuttle. The trick center-mounted seat and racecar steering wheel fit the extreme theme.
Proving old steel trucks can be elegant, Mark Bosak's '67 GMC features Orion Silver-stained white oak veneer strips with polished stringers for the floor, a one-off billet wheel, and soft Italian leather throughout.
Seats: Leather, Suede, and Exotic Materials
A very popular trend right now is the use of exotic leathers, such as ostrich, leather, snakeskin, and even baseball glove leather for seat inserts, headliners, and door panels. This Chevrolet uses light blue leather with black alligator hides.
Even a simple leather seat cover from companies like Katzkin, Classic Soft Trim, and Roadwire can dramatically update your interior. This GMC ordered his seat covers sans headrests and used light tan ostrich inserts to offset the black leather with lime green stitching.
Mark Barbee's '63 Chevy has one of our favorite interiors. Using beautiful baseball glove leather, the seats look both custom and still old school. Thick stitching really brings the look home. All puns intended.
Mickey Thompson showed off its new tire tread design by stamping the tread pattern into the leather seats of its customized F-150. The look ties in the theme of the truck and has onlookers doing a double-take.
Mike LaVallee's Ford Lightning is wild inside and out. Those gray leather seats feature perforated ivory inserts, orange accents, and polished billet spikes. Despite the metal in the back, Mike tells us the seats are very comfortable and the look is undeniably cool.
We came across an awesome laid-out Ford F-350 dualie with a nice interior at a show in Texas. After meeting with Curtis, the owner, we recommended a billet steering wheel to dress things up a bit. He thought about it and this is what the truck looked like before.
After he installed a sick B.A.D. billet steering wheel, the interior really came to life. Curtis tell us it was a pain to install on the Ford, but after seeing in on, it was well worth the extra effort.
Despite the fact that this 151/2-inch Colorado Custom billet wheel is for a big rig, it looked completely proportional inside Mark Barbee's C10. The matching horn button completes the classic look.
A sweet look that we're seeing on the rise is the two-tone leather steering wheel. Many interiors feature two complementing colors and by showcasing that difference in the steering wheel, it ties the overall look together.
This Bow Tie kept things simple by swapping over a factory steering wheel from a GMC Denali and then painting the smoothed areas matching body color. Talk about a nice addition-he still kept his steering wheel controls!
By far one of the coolest wheels we've seen, Paul and Carol Gerritsen's '48 F-1 features a custom, one-off steering wheel that perfectly matches the road wheels. Talk about going the extra mile!
Veering away from the full polished look, this ultra-clean Blazer uses a black leather-wrapped wheel with a black finish to complement the interior. The polished inserts ooze class while the all-black horn button isn't busy and distracting.
Trick Center Consoles
If you have several different audio/video sources, ie: head unit, DVD player, PS2, iPod, equalizer, etc., don't be afraid to incorporate those electronics in the center console. This truck used painted fiberglass, perforated leather, and suede to create a sound command center.
Moving to the extreme side of things, this late-model Chevy relocated its gauge cluster in order to put a large monitor in its original location. We don't know about safety, but it is unique.
This body-dropped bright red Blazer featured a "floating" center console with alligator hide inserts, a pod for the air ride gauge, and convenient mounting of the air ride switches.
If your truck is loaded down with audio and space is tight, using the center console for mounting amps may become a priority. This former cover truck removed the factory console and mounted the amps underneath to create a 3-D look.
Straight from the cover of issue 7, Khamla's Titan featured a wild interior with tons of innovation and audio. One of the cool tricks was the seamless integration of a Sony PlayStation 3 into the center console. Corresponding blue LED lighting really set the look off.
Not all center consoles have to be painted fiberglass, as this F-250 from MBRP showed us. The Infinity subs are surrounded by matching blue suede and black leather. Looking almost factory, the install is super-clean.
Known for his trick metal mastery, Aaron Iha built this seemingly simple rear center console out of sheetmetal and then inverted the subs for an industrial look. Painted to match, the enclosure has understated custom appeal.
This black-suede V-shaped armrest looks like a permanent fixture, but once owner Daniel Stewart needs extra storage space, he can simply lift it up for a nice-sized storage area. Form meets function and yet it is completely clandestine.
Going completely wild, Daniel Stewart's cover F-150 had 100-percent fiberglass door panels. Complete with plenty of audio, a huge monitor, and suede-wrapped inserts, the door panels were also airbrushed to show the water flowing from one end of the truck to the other.
If you do opt to paint your door panels, take the time to ensure the paint color is spot on. If graphics go from door to dash, make sure the transition is smooth. The airbrushed water on this truck is awesome.
Not an easy accomplishment, Lucky Luciano airbrushed these door panels to look like real wood. The theme worked well thanks to the airbrushed wood on the body of the old-school C10.
Headliners And Lighting
Those same exotic leathers used on seats can also be applied to headliners as well. The center console highlighted in caption 21 looks up at this perfectly-matching alligator hide-covered headliner. Billet grab handles and a huge monitor help break up the huge canvas.
Lighting can really bring an interior to life and no one knows that better than Don and Erin Brooks. Their Excursion features backlit Soundstream subs with 300 bright LEDs each. Creating a sense of afterburners lighting up, every time they open the barn doors, the Ford draws a crowd.