There are lots of trucks out there that get tons of attention. They sport mammoth wheels, a huge body-drop, and so much custom paint that parking at the mall is no longer an option. These trucks become less about function and more about style; pretty showpieces that look good lying on the ground but then get hauled off on a trailer instead of being driven. But sometimes, the really cool trucks slip between the cracks. They don't get as much attention as their flashy brethren, but the fact is they are better. That's the truck on these pages. Kelly Dickinson, a sheetmetal worker from Sacramento, California, decided to build this ride as a pretty showpiece, but with lots of little details that most people miss at first glance. And it's those little details that make this truck such a work of art once inspected further.
Let's take the bed for example, a part with tons of sheetmetal mods that most wouldn't notice. The gas door has been converted to an oval shape - a subtle mod for sure, something that people who drive an '88-'98 CK might not notice. The back of the bed, right above the integrated amp rack with 7-inch monitor, has been leveled out to match the bedsides. That's because the stock wall of the bed sat below the rails, and Kelly wanted it to look even. The corners of the bed by the tailgate have integrated spikes with expanded metal inserts that flow around the gate and into the bedrail. To match those details, the tailgate corners were radiused and smoothed, leaving a tight gap that the factory never intended. That same tailgate has the upper bodyline shaved as well as the stock handle. Below that, the rollpan has an arch-shaped sheetmetal insert with more spike patterns with expanded metal inserts, continuing the theme even further. Even the mirrors sport a pair of pointed panels, jutting into the window area but looking even sharper.
Under the hood is even better. Most trucks nowadays have a pretty filter and a few billet pieces here and there, but not this ride. Kelly went the extra mile and built a custom filter cover with billet inserts that is painted to match the truck. Coolflex hoses and an Optima battery round out the engine bay, a stunning affair that looks better than most.
The interior is covered in paint, with almost every panel smoothed out and sprayed to match the exterior. There are a few custom pieces here like the fiberglass door inserts that hold a pair of Arc Audio components, and the molded sub box that fits behind the leather-wrapped bench seat that looks like it belongs there. Another nice detail is the carpet. It's from a Mercedes-Benz, which gives it an old-school German feel. More billet is in the cab as well, with parts from Trenz, Billet Specialties, and Empire scattered about in a way that doesn't overdo it yet adds a clean look that accents the Fire Red Pearl paint sprayed on the exterior.
Some showgoers may overlook this truck, but this CK is worth an extra glance. It took a few years to build, but Kelly still drives this truck whenever he can. It doesn't have a body drop, and there are no crazy tribal flames or graphics, but what it does have is lots and lots of style.
5.7-liter Chevrolet small-block V-8 / stock TBI / custom air cleaner with billet accents / Stinger 200-amp alternator / Gibson headers / 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust / 700R4 transmission / Transgo shift kit / high-stall torque converter / Corvette servos / high-strength planetary gears
By: Cottman Transmission, Placerville, California
Front: 22x10 Boyd Coddington Scorpio wheels with 7 inches of backspacing
Rear: 22x10 Boyd Coddington Scorpio wheels with 6 inches of backspacing
Front & Rear: 265/35R22 Pirelli Scorpions
Front: Slam Specialties RS-72 front airbags / 2-inch BellTech drop spindles / Air Ride Technologies upper and lower A-arms
Rear: Firestone 2600 airbags / custom-built two-link rear suspension / custom-built Watts link
Accessories: Two Thomas 337 compressors / two 5-gallon tanks / 1/2-inch SMC air valves / 1/2-inch air lines
Shaved door handles, tailgate, taillights, upper bodyline on the tailgate, and stake pockets / radiused tailgate and bed corners / oval gas door / stakes built into the mirrors, rollpan, and bed corners / Sir Michaels rollpan / LEDs molded into rollpan and then cleared over / Precision phantom billet grille / APC headlights and clear corners / Reflexxion cowl hood
By: Troy Anderson, Anderson Bros. Auto Body, West Sacramento, California
Lesonal Fire Red Pearl
BY: Troy Anderson, Anderson Bros. Auto Body, West Sacramento, California
Mercedes-Benz Java vinyl-wrapped bench / Mercedes-Benz wool carpet / smoothed and painted stock dash / highly-modified painted door panels with custom speaker inserts / fiberglassed and painted headliner with shaved visors / Empire billet dash inserts, vents, and column pieces / Trenz pedals / Billet Specialties Thrasher steering wheel with painted wrap / All interior plastics painted to match exterior / custom-built billet armrest
By: (Carpet & Seats) Santana Interior Designs, Sacramento, California
(Painting) Troy Anderson, Anderson Bros. Auto Body, West Sacramento, California
Kenwood KVT-815 DVD player / Icon 7-inch monitor in the bed / two pairs of Arc Audio KRC 265 6 1/2-inch in the doors / two 10-inch Arc Audio 10D4 subwoofers behind the seat in a custom enclosure / 1000-watt Arc Audio XXK2500 located in the bed / 4X160-watt Arc Audio XXK4150 amplifier located in the bed / Stinger wiring / Arc Audio XEQ digital equalizer
"Arc Audio, Anderson Bros Auto Body, and my wife, Michelle, and two kids, Kylie and Aiden"