Once the heavy fabrication was taken care of, the team moved onto building a slew of accent pieces for the truck. With the help of their own metal department, stacks of aluminum pieces and diamond-plate accents were machined exactly as Jason had designed them. The accents were then sent off to Sterling, Illinois, where Gary Schultz of Quality Plating put them through the chrome process. While the metal was off being chromed, Jason and Jesse Stamm started designing plexiglass pieces that would be used in conjunction with the aluminum to create a very unique speaker grille for the subs and door panels. Each piece was cut, frosted, and then tapped in order to fit correctly with the aluminum accents.
Next on the list of modifications were the bodywork and paint. The truck was loaded up on a trailer and hauled to Ashland City, Tennessee, where it was handed over to Tim Armstrong of Kreative Kustoms. Tim began by shaving the door handles, tailgate handle, antenna, and stock taillights. The rear bumper was removed and a Sir Michaels roll pan was molded in its place. A set of Caddy taillights was then installed horizontally within the roll pan. Up front, an APC cowl-induction hood and Street Scene mirrors were added to smooth out some of the body lines. After the truck was primed and blocked, a House of Kolor's BC-25 basecoat was sprayed, followed by House of Kolor's Red KK-11 and DuPont chrome base mixed in HK's Red KK-11 for the tribal graphics. The designs were carried onto the hood, dash, and cab, and throughout the bed of the truck, for continuity.
When the truck returned to MTX, all the pieces were gathered and the final assembly began. Two eight-gauge Streetwires power wires were twisted together and run from the batteries to the amps. Heavy-duty Streetwires were then run from the amps throughout the truck to connect the 6-1/2-inch T6.6 door speakers, two 5-1/4-inch T6.5 separates in the dash, two Streetwires capacitors, fuses, and the distribution blocks.
Tracks were then laid down on both the driver and passenger side for a set of V-Racing buckets equipped with Weapon R four-point racing harnesses. In front of the seats, the factory steering wheel was pulled off and tossed to make room for a Carriage Works billet steering wheel. Below the steering wheel, diamond plate was bent to conform to the floor pan and secured. Finally, the hood was popped and a K&N cold-air intake was bolted to the top of the block.
With the help of a very talented group of fabricators in its Show Vehicle Operations Team, MTX has proved that it is a dominating force both on the street as well as in the shows. A special thanks goes to Air Ride Technologies, BFGoodrich, V-Racing, Spin-Tek, Stainless Steel Brakes, Vitek, Trenz, Street Scene, KMC Wheels, Carriage Works, Icon-TV, Varad, APC, Kreative Kustoms, Astro Caps, K&N, and Empire Motorsports for their support on this project.