Trucks : June 2003

10+ Trick Paint & Body Ideas

:: There are Many Ways to Trick out Your Truck

Vintage trucks have become quite popular. And because there are so many of the same kind around, it would be nice if your truck had an individualized treatment to set it apart from the crowd. This doesn’t mean it has to be completely tricked out – perhaps a set of billet wheels and a lowered stance would be enough for an otherwise stock-looking truck. There’s nothing wrong with a lowered stock. It’s your ride, and if you enjoy driving it that’s great. But, if you wish to spice it up a little, check out these ideas. Here’s how others have changed the appearance of their rides for a little more eye appeal, and that sets these trucks apart from the rest.

1. Steve Sandlin went full-tilt on hi ’48 Chevy. Many of the custom touches are so well done that you maynot notice, but the outstanding two-tone paint makes this one unique. The deep candy red and eggshell white are divided by a gray pinstripe line. The neat aspect of this paint job are the blended flames and how they’re used.

2. The engine compartment on Sandlin’s Chevy was finished in the same paint and quality as the exterior. One of the many custom -crafted pieces for this truck is the section that extends back from the grille and up onver the top of the radiator tank. As if that weren’t enough, there’s the flame pattern cutout along the back edge, painted to match the exterior.

Article by: Custom Classic Trucks

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 Classic Trucks April 2002

It Took More than a Roll of the Dice to Create this Show-Stopping Chevy

You tend to learn a thing or two about winning and losing when you live in Las Vegas. Perhaps the most important lesson is that winning is about more than just luck-there are always ways to stack the odds in your favor. That’s a tip that can be applied to all areas of life, not just gambling.

Steve Sandlin’s Vegas-based ’48 Chevy is the perfect example of what we’re talking about. The pickup represents Steve’s first foray into the world of classic trucks and he has already won big with it by earning the Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early title at the Lone Star Nationals. Winning the honor took more than beginner’s luck, though. It’s obvious that Steve did his best to stack the odds in his favor before attending the show.

For starters, Steve had a good game plan that began with a solid foundation. Purchased from Joe Bubel at, the Chevy pickup was already hot rodded with a boxed frame, Mustang II IFS, 350/700-R4 power combo, and a host of other custom work. Heck, it even had a chopped top and a decent paint job. By all accounts it was a nice truck. And while the buy-in was higher than if Steve had purchased a beat-up, rusty hulk, the Chevy was a perfect platform to build upon. You’ve got to play big to win big, right?

Surrounding yourself with good people is another sure-fire method for winning. Steve wasted no time handing over the reigns of the project to someone he was sure could take it to the next level-Tommy White at Aloha Automotive in Port Washington, Wisconsin. A talented car builder and restorer, Tommy and his crew began upping the ante on the Chevy by installing a fully polished independent rear suspension from Kugel Komponents. The engine was also treated to an assortment of brightwork, along with an ultra-trick, one-off, handcrafted air cleaner with three-dimensional flames. Even the radiator was fitted with a custom flamed cover.

Another area to receive a significant upgrade was the ’90 stepside bed, which was completely smoothed out with a custom floor and lift-up tonneau cover. The inside of the bed was painted to match the outside of the truck-a two-tone combination of PPG’s Vanilla Shake and Rosewood-and a “Dragonheart” mural was added to the floor. A distinctive set of flames helps divide the exterior colors, while a set of Budnik Trilogy wheels adds a little accent between the body and the road.

A winning attitude comes from the inside, and the interior of this Chevy is no exception. It sports a smooth dash, Dolphin gauges, and the seats, console, and shifter are from an ’89 Grand Am. A Budnik wheel tops the tilt column, and there are a host of other features like power windows, air conditioning, and a Sony stereo.

What does it take to be a winner? Well, it helps to have a good game plan and the assistance of talented people. But most of all it takes a winning attitude, something that both Steve and his truck have in abundance.

F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Las Vegas, Nevada
1948 Chevy Pickup
Frame / Manufacturer modified stock / Chevrolet
Modifications boxed
Chassis builder Jerry Beard (previous owner)
Rearend / Ratio Kugel / 3.70:1
Rear suspension Kugel IRS, polished
Rear brakes Wilwood disc
Front suspension Mustang II IFS
Front brakes disc
Master cylinder GM
Steering rack-and-pinion
Steering column GM tilt
Front wheel make, size Budnik Trilogy, 17×8
Rear wheel make, size Budnik Trilogy, 17×9.5
Front tire make, size BFGoodrich, 245/45R17
Rear tire make, size BFGoodrich, 305/45R17
Gas tank custom, Aloha Automotive,
Port Washington, WI
Other facts IRS install, Aloha Automotive


Year and make ’89 Chevrolet HO
Displacement 350 ci
Camshaft HO Chevrolet
Heads Chevrolet
Valve covers Billet Specialties
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock / Edelbrock 600 cfm
Ignition / Wires HEI/unknown
Headers custom, Aloha Automotive
Exhaust / Mufflers 2.25-inch / Flowmaster


Year and make GM 700-R4
Trans mods rebuilt, shift kit
Shifter ’89 Pontiac Grand Am
Body style / Material pickup / steel
Body manufacturer Chevrolet
Body mods 2-inch top chop, shaved trim,
frenched headlights, smooth running
boards, rolled rear pan, smooth
firewall, V-butt windshield
Hood filled and shaved
Grille stock w/ lower extension
Bed ’90 stepside box and tailgate,
stock fenders
Bodywork Allan Summers
Painter Allan Summers
Paint type / Color PPG / Rosewood and Vanilla Shake
Graphics Aloha Automotive and Mike Dusold
Headlights / Taillights frenched/Chevy pickup marker
lights in pan
Outside mirrors Billet Specialties
Dashboard smoothed stock
Gauges Dolphin
Stereo / Speakers Sony / Infinity
Air conditioning GM unit
Wiring E-Z, Jerry Beard
Steering wheel Budnik
Seats ’89 Grand Am
Upholsterer James Combs and Sean Cook
Material / Color leather / Vanilla Shake
Carpet tan

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