Since this issue is dedicated to the muscle truck, we had to include something on our R/T project. This truck has been in project truck purgatory for a couple years and we thought this would be the perfect time to charge the battery and wipe the dust off. The R/T has received some bolt-on motor mods and 'Cuda-inspired body parts, which makes for a good looking truck that has enough power to back it up. One of the missing elements to the truck was a paint job that matched its attitude. We sat down at our computers and searched for pictures of early Dodge cars like the 'Cuda, Challenger, and Dart. We ended up taking cues from the '70 'Cuda to come up with our idea. We called Jason Rushforth and passed on what was in our head. He sketched out a rendering featuring the stylized design and now it's finally time to make it a reality.

What's nice about using muscle car styling on a truck is recognition. Just about every gearhead out there can spot rocker stripes from a Mustang or SS stripes from a Chevelle. By taking styling cues from early muscle cars, you get something that looks killer, shows brand loyalty, and can be appreciated by truck and muscle car guys alike.

Since we are only certified to use spray paint, we called in a few professionals: Stefan Amann, owner of Eightball Rods and Choppers, and artist Steve Vandemon.

We have known these guys for years and trust them totally with our project. Stefan and his crew not only tore the truck down and fixed a few dents and dings, they also laid down the fresh basecoat and clear. Steve came in to show off his layout skills and spray our Mopar-inspired graphics.

This story will walk you through the process of adding a little exterior muscle. We'll also show you some tips, steps, and products, that will help you get great results if you choose to do the job yourself.

PART ONE: TAPE IT!