Bitchin' Rides (2014) - full transcript

Dave Kindig and his crew in his Salt Lake City shop builds and restores classic vehicles from a '33 Ford Tudor to a '69 Camaro.

[ fwoosh ]

dave: We're rebuilding
a c10 from our past,

and our new client wants to
drive this thing really hard.

Who doesn't like c10s?

It's like the coolest
pick-up ever.

Dave: I'm super excited to get
this project rolling again.

What is that machine?

Kevin: This looks like one of
those motion rides.

[ laughs, retches ]

it should fit
right up.

This is gonna be close.

Hell, yeah, I do.
Get you one nugget.

Mm! Want another one?

I feel like this
is a trick question.

Bryce: You start seeing
these little bubbles

and it's just completely
rusted underneath of it.

I've seen better.

You make it
sound easy, like,

oh, yeah,
we just bring a car in,

we do everything in one place,
and we give it back to you.

Yeah, that's but this is

we're supposed to
make it sound easy.

Oh, boy. The truth.

Okay, say it again.
-Just give me a bitchin' truck.

Dave: Clean...



my name is dave kindig.

Designing and building custom
cars is my life's passion.

With the best mechanics,
technicians, and fabricators

in the business,
quality is our only focus.

We build bitchin' rides.

eric: It's a little
chilly this morning.

Kind of get an idea
of what we've got going on here,

So this c10 truck's actually
been kicking around the shop

for quite some time.

A good old friend of ours,
we met many, many years ago,

chuck, had to start
to build this truck.

We had a full custom chassis
underneath it

and basically it just
kind of fell to the wayside.

Chuck had some reasons that
he needed to stop on the project

and we just never
got going on it again.

I haven't really
worked on this truck.

I don't really know
a whole lot about it.

Looks like some someone here
in the shop had worked on it

back in the day
and it needs to be finished up.

So this c10 truck has been
taking up space

for years in the shop
and we really want to finish it.

So enter dave maxwell
and his brother bobby.

They really want this thing
finished up

and they're stoked to see
what I can do with it.

Gonna pull it apart,
who knows what that entails.

I do want to take apart
the least amount as possible.

right on.

Kevin: I am super happy
to get going on this c10 again.

We were so close,
and I'm really excited to see

what the new owner
expects out of this build.

The first time around
we took it,

we did some really
cool custom mods,

we chopped it a little bit,
we did some window work,

did a really cool exhaust.

I wasn't super happy with the
chassis that was under there,

but it was customer supplied,
so we were running with it.

It's been six years
since we touched this build,

and there's definitely
some areas of concern

that we're going to
have to address.

This is exactly why we have
eric digging into this truck

to see
if there's some major problems.

Here's the fun part about
taking apart a custom cars,

is you don't know where any of
the hardware is supposed to be

or what's holding it together,

most time we try
to hide everything.

So when it's the first time
coming back apart,

kind of a mystery.

We play, where's that bolt?

So tearing down this c10's going
to be a little bit different.

We've obviously modified
a lot of stuff on this thing.

We need to tear it down and we
just need to pay close attention

that we don't have any
outdated parts or better ideas

for a couple of things.

[ grunts ] I might have to
pull the headers off

to get this guy out.

maybe this other one
will come out.

Dave: The truck really
didn't have a lot to do,

and it's finishing up
and it shouldn't be long

before it goes over
to the body shop.

I'm still convinced this one can
come out without me

pulling the headers.
But I may be wrong.

can't get it.

At this point,
removing the headers

isn't that big of a deal,
but eric has a great point.

You don't want to have
to pull these headers out

once everything is all painted

and complete
to get these panels out.

So we're going to have
to make a tweak.

Eric: Yeah, looks like this
is intended to be cut out.

So we'll be able to remove
these inner fenders

without having the exhaust
off and on.

So we'll remember that.

Wiggle it out if you have it
just in the perfect

twist and movement.

[ grunts ]

I'm just going to pull the
headers. Just gonna do it.

This is great though,
my hands aren't getting

filthy or nothing

this is the best
disassembly ever.

Yeah, so this c10
looks pretty trick,

looks like a lot of work's
been done to it.

And I'm looking forward to
getting this thing buttoned up

and out of here.

Chassis looks
a little questionable,

but let's see what dave is going
to talk to the client into,

because this thing has
a lot of potential.

Maybe it's more than just that.

[ metal creaks ]

so far, there's only
a few minor things

that just need to get trimmed up
and we should be good to go.


And now that we're going to

go full throttle back
into this project,

it's time for me to contact
the guys that own it

and find out
what they want to do.

Hey, bobby, how are you?

I'm doing great, dave.
How are you doing out there?

I'm doing fantastic.
Thank you.

I hope you guys are staying
healthy and warm.

Oh, we're staying healthy.

It was a little bit too warm
the last few days.

Well, hey, listen, I wanted
to give you a call, dave.

I guess he's a little tied up,
so that's great.

I get to talk to you
at least.

At least I want to talk
to you guys about the c10

and kind of get a game plan
of what we want to do with it.

A little bit about that truck.

So it's got a lot of stuff
that's already been done.

The hood's been stretched
all the way to the windshield

and we have about
a two inch chop,

a lot of really cool
custom touches.

And of course,
the chassis has been upgraded

as well as the stock chassis.

It's boxed and it has like
c4 corvette suspension,

independent full front and rear,
ls2 and an automatic.

So are you guys wanting to kind
of stay that same way

or what do you guys
want to do with the truck?

Well, let's go to the engine.

I'm going to want to have
some more horsepower.

I don't blame you.

The motor that's in there right
now just has the stock intake.

And so it seems like it's really
low down in the engine bay.

It'd be nice to get something

with a little bit
more height to the intake.

So whether it's
a heat stack injection

or something like that,
maybe we do some really

cool fuel injection
or some sort?

The suspension you say
it's a box suspension?

Yeah. So it's the stock chassis
from the original c10

and then they've boxed it
and then it's got

c4 corvette suspension
both front and rear.

My honest opinion,

depending on how much you guys
are going to drive it,

it might be better
to maybe do a different chassis.

This one will work,
it's nice, but I think they made

a lot of improvements
on on chassis

since we started building
this thing so long ago.

Yeah, well,
I know our our goal

is we're going to
show this truck.

So but after the show,
we're going to want to drive it

and drive it like a truck
should be driven

so --

How about changing
that chassis out for us,

and what do you suggest?
You know, honestly,

I'm a big fan of the stance
with the roadster shop,

and they've gone independent.

And since that truck's
already been built

with enough room
for an independent suspension,

maybe we just go back
to doing something like that.

It should bolt
right back on.

Well, the roadster shop
sounds great.

Heard a lot
of good about them.

I think a little bit
more horsepower.

You're probably gonna want
a better chassis anyway,

and that one definitely
will do it.

So I'm just making
a couple of notes here.

What kind of colors
are you guys

thinking you'd like to do
on this truck?

Well, dave,
the maxmotive colors

are black, red,
white, that'd be awesome.

Sure. Because you guys are going
to kind of use

that as kind of
a promotional vehicle

at the beginning of its life
with you guys.

And then you're going to
drive it

after that is kind of the plan?
Yes, sir.

Okay, perfect.

Well, you know,
that's my company colors, too,

so that'll be really easy
to get behind that

and come up
with some cool ideas.

Maybe I'm just kind of
spitballing right now,

but I'm thinking maybe do

the outside black and white
and do a red interior.

I think that's just
a wonderful combination.

It'll look real natural
for that truck.

And maybe give us an idea,

maybe a little bit of red pin
stripe thrown in there.

Or whatever you think.

Yeah, sure. I think that'd be
kind of cool looking.

The inside of that truck
has got a '59 impala dash

as well, which is kind of cool.
It's been grafted in,

so maybe we'll play around
a little bit with that too.

Alright. That sounds awesome.
I'm excited, dave.

I can't wait to tell my brother
about all this.

Yeah, same here.

You know, he's excited as well.
Awesome, buddy.

Well, cool. Let me put this
together for you and dave

and let you guys
take a look at it

and then let's,
let's go from there.

Alright, dave.
Thank you so much.

We're excited to work with you
and your team out there.

Right on. Well, right back
at you guys. I'm very excited.

I know you guys are car guys,

and this is going to be
a wonderful project together.

So thank you.
Alright. Thank you, dave.

Alright, buddy.


Bobby's right on the money with
putting a new chassis under this

will improve the stance
and the quality of the ride.

So right now, I got kevin
looking up a custom chassis

and I got jordan rocking out
on some aluminum work.

This is the trim I machined up,
just wanted a groove in it.

Dave wanted it
a little off set

so it kind of resembles
the old stock style trim.

I just need to start shaping it
to fit the body.

It's going to be a little tricky
to go in a few spots.

We've got to got to go up
and over the wheel wells

and follow that body contour
pretty close, so.

I'll just anneal this
just so it's easier to bend.

It made a little jig
fixture thing

that I can bend it around,

but we've got to wrap around
the entire truck.

So I'll anneal it
and hopefully

that'll make it
easier for me.

But we'll see.

this process
just softens the metal,

so it's easier for me
to bend it around the,

around the jig there.

So it'll curve this way
and then around like that.

But the really sharp part,
I have no choice

but to bend it
while it's heated up.

I wait for the plane
to turn slightly orange

and stop at that point.

You don't want to go
much further.

That gets hit pretty soft
and you can manipulate it

pretty good after that.

Put a little more pressure
as I need

kind of constant and I'm mostly
letting the heat do the work.

The hard part's just getting it
to lay down

exactly how you want it,
so there's none of

the springing action
because it's just going to be

held on with
a double-sided tape.

I think maybe a fastener or two
on each end

just to hold it in place
as insurance,

you know,
but for the most part,

it's going to be
double-sided tape.

So you want it
to be able to relax on there.

[ fwoosh ]

[ sparker clatters ]

kevin: We're rebuilding a c10
from our past and our new client

wants to drive
this thing really hard.

I've got a meeting set up
with the roadster shop crew

to see what goes into
these chassis

and make sure they're going to
stand up to my client's needs.

Chassis, chassis,
chassis upon chassis.

This place is unbelievable.

For those of you that forgot,
chassis are kind of my thing.



Kevin: We're rebuilding a c10
from our past and our new client

wants to drive
this thing really hard.

I've got a meeting set up
with the roadster shop crew

to see what goes into
these chassis

and make sure they're going to
stand up to my client's needs.

kevin: Here we are
at the roadster shop

dave: Far out, man.
This place is awesome.

Jeremy, how are you, man?
Great to see you, phil.

-Good to see you, man.

Thanks for, thanks for
inviting us out here, guys.

You know, we've been doing
a lot of stuff with you guys,

but never had the opportunity
to come and check out

your facilities.
-Pleasure to have you here.

I'm excited.
Appreciate you making the haul.

Well, yeah. Well, we got
a little bit of business

to discuss, too.
We needed to order a chassis.

I think we can handle that.

And the phones were all down
in salt lake.

-Josh, is your man.
-Being at the roadster shop

is like a dream come true.

There's all these
cool things going on.

We were in the area for a show
and I'm super excited to be here

and check it out.
Who knows? Maybe they're hiring.

I brought the checkbook so
we're gonna order a chassis.

You can see
whatever you want.

I hope we just come home
with the chassis that we need.

I hope dave doesn't try
to buy something dumb.

Dave: Yeah, this is
pretty cool in here.

In the almost decade that we've
been working on this truck,

and wanting to get back on the
truck, you know, it's funny

how much technology changes
and being at the roadster shop

and seeing all the technical
advances of these foundations

of the "perfect" ride,
well, it's pretty impressive.

So you have a couple
of different options on that.

You have one with just
a regular nine inch, you know,

ford-styled axle,

or triangulated,
obviously independent front.

I think we're probably
a little bit more interested

in doing an independent front
and rear.

Oh, fast track irs.
Yeah, I think so.

Gonna push on this thing
a little bit.

Yeah. If you want the best,

that's really the way to go.
The fast track irs?

It's absolutely
the best performing chassis.

So the fast track chassis
that the roadster shop offers

is their
top-of-the-line chassis.

It has irs, it has ifs.

This thing is dialed
from front to back.

This chassis it's been through
a lot of different generations.

It's just gotten better
and better and better.

Trying to fine tune
all those customer requirements,

make it as easy as possible
for the install

and just trying
to get every corner

and every little expectation

so that we have a solution
for someone.

If they need something
actually figured out for it.

-That's awesome.

When you have to
design the frames

or the chances
that you never have before.

What's the craziest thing
you've come across or or one

of the hardest problems
that you had to get through?

Generally, the rule of thumb
is the customer

wants it as low as possible.

The biggest
wheels and tires possible,

the biggest engine possible,

the biggest transmission

with the least amount
of modifications possible

so that everything gets big,
everything goes down,

low motor comes up and then
nobody wants to modify it.

So a couple of hours
could we just wait for it?


Is there a place to get
a burger around here?

Well, cool, let's get
a c10 ordered, huh?

Let's do it.

I'm going to stay here
and actually

work on the frame rails.
Are you really?

Ah, you traitor.

How come every time
I take you on a field trip

you want to stay there and work?
Oh, it's fun.

Seeing all the r&d that goes
into these chassis is cool,

but they're more than
just a chassis place.

Dave: So this is all of
the fabrication area.

we're putting the cars --

for all the car builds side.

And you guys are doing
a ton of those survivor series.

So that's basically just,
take the car the way it sits,

put it on a brand-new chassis
and a new engine drive train,

and then the outside
stays the same

and then you can just
rally it.

Yeah, just just drive it.

It's a full build minus
paint body, chrome, and glass.

Get in the car, tear it up.
I'm all about that.

But there's something I'm just
a little bit more excited about.

Josh: We have chassis storage
or chassis purgatory.

♪ what you working with? ♪

♪ couple racks up on the fit ♪

♪ giovanni's on the whip ♪

♪ girl, you're man-ing ♪

♪ what you working with? ♪

kevin: I'm beyond excited
right now.

This right here has made
this whole trip worth it.

Oh, look at
all these chassis.

This is a chassis' -- chassis,
chassis, chassis upon chassis.

I think you should
say it a little slower.

Once again.

There's way more chassis here
than I've ever seen in one spot.

[ laughter ]

for those of you that forgot,
chassis are kind of my thing.

-Chassis needs to come back.

-Right about, maybe there-ish?

-I'm under the four link


That's one class of chassis.
A lot of class and chassis.

[ laughter ]

it's like I'm in heaven,
roadster shop has been

building award-winning,

great-handling chassis
ever since I can remember.

And I've been wanting to see
how they do their process.

Josh: Alright, so we're
at the beginning

of the chassis
fabrication process.

Raw material comes in flat plate
or box tubing.

Comes in this side,
goes out the other side

as finished chassis.

So amazing, like I said.

So you're looking at
all of this stuff right here.

You're looking at
somebody's future chassis

is sitting right here
on this floor

right in front of you,

whether it's here or here,
you know, one of these parts,

somebody is going to be
riding on some of this material.

I mean, it's just insane
to think about.

What is that machine?


Kevin: We're in illinois
at the roadster shop

to pick out our new chassis
for a c10 build.

Dave: What is that machine?

That is our fiber laser

for our flat plate and our tube.

So we cut all the spec rails
as well as fast track

and revo frame rails

and basically any other
piece of metal

that needs to be cut
is done on this laser here.

Wow. How many sheets
does it take for to, you know,

for an average chassis.

Can you get it all out of one
or is it two or four.

You can pretty much do
everything out of one.

Wow. So one sheet gets you
all the components

for the most part
for a pro chassis.

You make it sound easy,

like, oh yeah,
we just bring a car in,

we do everything in one place,
and we give it back to you.

Yeah. That's what we're supposed
to make it sound easy.

And we always say everything
starts with a good foundation.

Obviously, that is the very
beginning of a good foundation.

You know what this
reminds me of?

This is like one of
those motion rides.

[ laughs, retches ]

I'm sure you could get in.
Oh, I don't know.

I don't think that'll,
I don't think that'll end well.

Like they used to say on

this is where
the magic happens.

This is where
all the magic happens, baby.

So it's two access, well then,

because you're doing radial
stuff but it spins the pipe

Spins the pipe, correct.

Dave: This magical massive
metal-cutting microwave

is a game changer,
I wish I had one.

The bed lifts up and that one
rolls underneath it

and then he --

and then this one will
come forward and drop down.

Do you want to shut the door
and start you can cut a chassis.

Yes, I do, that's awesome.
Uh, you got to shut the door.

No, no. I want to watch.

[ laughter ]

so it'll just run through
that whole thing,

optimize all of the material
as much as it can.

So I pre-nested everything
and right now you can see

where the head's at.
And this is all the frame rails,

all the suspension components
already preexisting,

and now they're all
going to be cut in order.

So the heat in the sheet
gets diminished throughout

the whole entire sheet.
Oh, wow.

So that's something that I would
not have even thought about

until I had a sheet in a
machine, that's all rolled back.


And this will take about
how long to cut this, chassis?

Roughly about an hour
per chassis.

So, yeah, so it's not
terribly time consuming.

Where would we put something
like that if we needed one?

I'm just saying,
if we needed one.

We don't need one,
we have the roadster shop.

That's true.
That is super, super cool.

Let's take a look at
the frame rail shop.

Yeah, let's check that out.
That's amazing.


-And here we have

the frame rail shop.

We've got a set of
frame rails jigged up.

Basically the lasers
cut four pieces,

weld everything up,
grind everything down flat,

put a nice chamfer
on the corners,

and then you have
a fabricated frame rail.

So you have a lot
of these frame rail jigs then,

because you're making
a lot of different chassis.

A lot of frame rail jigs.
So, when he's at this station,

how many frame rails
of the same thing will he do

before he swaps out
or just whatever?

He'll do a couple of styles of
frame rails and just swap jigs.

And each guy
will do the same thing.


This place is unbelievable.

It may be me, but I'm getting
a little moved here.

There's a craftsman
that sits in this room

and welds these and these
frame rails could end up under

who knows car?
-One of your cars.

You never know.
That's amazing to me.

That might be one of ours
right there.

That's awesome.

-Very cool.
-They're the artist for sure.

So we've seen
the frame rail shop.

We obviously saw the laser
as things come out of the laser,

they split everything,

frame-rails related,
goes to the frame rail shop.

Small parts go to
the far right side.

Down the middle,
all the chassis fabricators

are grabbing frame rails
and small parts

for that individual order
jigging that specific chassis,

whether it be a c10,
a chevelle, corvette,

mustang, whatever it is,
they all have specific jigs.

Then they're welding those up
in that jig

and completing that chassis.

How many jig's do you guys
have for a full frame?

The good thing about a jig

is you can have a chassis
on each side

so each jig can actually do
two chassis.

Total we have about 25,
I think, jigs.

We have over
110 applications.

-That might be a lot of jigs.

That is you do have to get
real jiggy with it.

Okay, I'm coming up to come up
to this point.

Well you didn't get that.
I heard you.

But don't laugh
at your jokes anymore.

I got to put up with?

Um, are you guys hiring over
here? No, I'm kidding.

Well, josh,
this has been really,

really cool to be able to see
how this process works.

That's awesome. I mean, a lot
of technical information.

We got to get a place in order.
I got a really itchy pen.

There's so many choices now.

This is an amazing operation
you guys got here.

Now that we've got the chassis
all spec'd out

and on the build sheet,
it's time to get back

to the shop
and see what else we're doing.

[ bird chirps ]

so today, I'm going through
and redesigning

the chevy truck
for the maxwells.

Now, this truck's been around
the shop for quite some time.

If you've seen in the past,

it's always been sitting up
on the shelf

basically in the assembly area,
not touched for almost a decade.

Back when we were
building this for chuck,

we're going to do
some cool stuff,

like a blue and white two-tone
with a '59 impala dash

and had the super cheyenne
styled wood grain inserts

for the trim.

So pretty clean truck.
Really nice.

Really loved the exhaust
we had come up with.

But the truck went on hold
for quite some time

and it was time to move on.

With the new owners,
the maxwells,

we're going to do up
some different stuff.

We want to do basically
a red interior, black and white

exterior, cool company colors,
I'd have to say,

because they happen
to be the same as mine.

And really, we're not making
a whole lot of changes

other than a couple of changes
on the front fascia.

I'm going to put a lower scoop
in there, kind of chrome it out,

give it a little bit
of a nice flair.

Changing up the wheels
and actually on the trim,

we're going to do
a red line insert

to match the red line tires

and really kind of pull
in that red detail.

The engine will be red,
of course.

And I think
it'll look really cool.

The new chassis is now back
at the shop here

and looking at that independent
rear suspension

is exactly what
the doctor ordered.

Kevin: Super excited to get
this project rolling again,

these are one of the best prices
on the market

as far as I'm concerned,
to go under this truck.

So I'm really excited
to get this body

pulled off the old chassis
and got on this one.

There's tons of better handling.

it's got a rack and pinion
it's got adjustable coilovers.

This one has
an independent rear.

So it's going to give you
a little bit more adjustability

for the rear suspension,
which is really important

in trucks when you race trucks,
trucks are light in the rear.

So you want to be able to
dial-in your suspension

so you can get traction
and grip in the corners,

et cetera, et cetera.

We're going to get
the engine put in

and we'll get the body put on
and we'll be good to go.

Sounds like we're just trying
to get this body

on that chassis over there.

-Pull the wheels?

Eric: Yeah,
it should fit right up.

Dave: I really want to play
off of something

that might have been
in the late '60s,

early '70s
as far as a wheel style.

But of course,
we're going to increase the size

and these new fitment 21-inch
tires for a lamborghini.

It's a 355, which is 13.5 inches
overall width.

It's pretty rad.

Actually, I'm sorry.
It's 14.5 inches.


But for now we're going
to go ahead and just throw

some rollers on it
so we can get on with the build.

Eric: Yeah. So we've got
the chassis swapped around now

and getting ready
to drop this cab down,

down on top of this new chassis

and kind of see
where we're lining up.

And try to put it on
with no shims at the first.

this chassis is designed
for this body,

so, shouldn't
run into any problems.

But it is Friday.

guide 'em in a little bit.

[ chuckles ]

this is gonna be close.

let's see how the back's doing.

[ clank ]
there it goes.

Shoved it around
a little bit,

but holes are lining up,
that's good.

right on.

So I've got the cab
on top of this new chassis,

everything's lining up
pretty good. Time for lunch.

Get the bed on after.
Seems to fit pretty good.

As the truck guy around here,

I am so happy that we're finally
going to finish this c10

and I think
everybody else is.

Will: C10 trucks, hmm.

Well, they're all the rage
now these days, aren't they?

I could take them or leave them.

I think c10s are cool.
I love the sharp lines,

but yet they're rounded.

C10s are probably one of the
better-looking trucks

of all of them,
because I own one.

I'm not a c10 guy,
not really a truck guy.

I like c10s.

This particular body style
from '67 to '72

has got a soft spot in my heart.

Who doesn't like c10s? It's
like the coolest pick-up ever.

Jason: I hope dave
doesn't change the plan.

Because we always bring a car in
and we have a plan,

and then dave likes to change
the plan sometimes

and add stuff I'd really not to
like to add things

to this build,
that'd be great.

I hope he lays it on the ground,
which I doubt.

I feel like this
is a trick question.

Makes it cool and doesn't
make it a convertible.

Solid black would be cool.

Put airbags on it,
slam it to the ground.

I think that's what everybody
is doing. I don't know.

I would drive it to lunch then.

I'm excited to see this truck's
back in the fab shop.

It already looks better
on the new chassis.

It was built six years ago.

So that was kind of, you know,
old technology in a sense.

Ultimately, I just hope
we get this truck out

because there's a couple
of tricks on this thing

that nobody's done.

I just hope we put a lot
of horsepower in this thing

and make it clean and classy.

Hopefully, dave will listen
to some of our ideas,

he usually doesn't,
but it's worth a shot.

[ laughter ]

alright, well,
thank you.

kevin: Right now,
we have about 27 people

that work at the shop.
I'm going to have a nugget.

There's a lot of people
that just hang out,

swing by when they're in town.

My assistant, my large friend,
this is brett.

He's not the most motivated,
but he's great for morale.

-Kevin, dodd.
-'sup, dude?

That's not my name, bro.
-It's your name today.

Hell, yeah. Dude.
I'll get you one nugget.

Want another one?

More sauce, though.

I love chicken nuggets.

I'm-a double dip because you're
the only one in the sauce.

I like it.

I'm good now.
That's it?

Are you sure? I double dipped.

Alright. Give me one other one.
You're kind of committed now.


It's like he knows what I need
before I need it.


Here, actually,
you know what, just.

I'm lucky you're always
taking care of me.

I'm here for you.
I like it.

Man, this has been a long road

bringing this old c10
back from the dead.

We're going to
want to drive it.

Drive it like a truck
should be driven.

We found a new client,

started on the custom trim,

and now the truck is sitting
on the perfect new chassis.

Now that all the big chunks have
been taken care of on this c10,

it's time to get to
the fine details.

Dave: So you got it
on the new chassis.

Everything fittin'
pretty good there?

That's all level down squared

fits really nice for swapping
chassis real quick.

Didn't end up doing
really anything.

It's looking good.
Nice, nice.

Stock core support
went back in place?

Or the one that
was on the truck.

Yep, stock core support's in.

I had an idea the other day

because when I drew up
this lower splitter

and being in chrome,
I still want to do it in chrome.

I think it'll be
a nice little accent.

I kept thinking of what are
these reveals, you know,

the way that
the grill surrounds are.

So I want to kind of try
and tie-in something in

that has kind of that same,
you know,

detail to it,
just on the front leading edge.

So, of course,
this air dam is functional.

The idea behind it
is just a front row pan,

but I didn't want it
just smooth,

I wanted to try and incorporate

a little bit the shape
of the grille surround openings.

That trim has a little bit
of a reveal,

so we added that
on the front-leading edge.

I-I'm kind of
just thinking, really,

just as simple as
have it come out flat spot.

Forty five,
another little step,

and then just have
a nice arch to it.

And it will just
bring it to a peak.

Kinda same shape as the grille?
Just bigger and down low?

Yeah. Exactly.

Yeah. Just something
kind of ties in so

it has a little bit of that step
look like the openings,

everything looking okay
on the interior?

We're thinking we have to cut
the tranny tunnel up,

raise it up a little bit
get more clearance.

But we're waiting 'til we get
the motor before we --

because I'd love to not two
but I think we're gonna have to.

Yeah, well, I know that
that transmission's

going to be quite a bit bigger,
but I'm going to --

we're going to design
a steering wheel

and do tiptronic kind of like
what we did on the mercedes.

Okay, that'd be cool.
I think that'll be really cool

in here, something a little bit
different from everybody else.

And of course,
with a '59 impala dash,

it's already going
to be different.

I like it a lot.

So bed all working out good?

So back here, that trim is going
to come across, you know,

just right at this body line
comes around the corner

and we've got that obviously
have a little jog

to get back into
that rope-pan area.

But I think if we raise
that taillight bottom up,

'til we maybe maybe have about
half an inch of painted surface

between the chrome trim
to separate the two tone.

And then, let's just, let's take
that little leg out right here

and we'll just make our --
we'll just machine our own,

you know, housing,
hidden hardware, one piece lens.

I don't want to reverse light
in there.

I don't care
for a reverse light.

That'll look really good.

This is gonna be
a bitchin' truck.

Kind of wish
I'd bought it myself.

I just like building them.

See, I actually I'm okay
with that part too,

because I still get to build it
and I'll probably get to

borrow it a couple of times...
Before it goes?

Yeah. But I think dave's
going to have a great time

with this truck, so.
Yeah, he's gonna love it.

If not,
I'll take it off his hands.

Right? I'll put you
on the list. Yeah.

Right behind you.
Yeah, exactly.

Thanks. Looks good.
Thanks, dave.

I got the plans, the blueprint
and the drawing from dave,

so we're going to get
right into this project.

I got four guys and we're
going hot and heavy on it.

Jordan's still doing his magic
with the aluminum trim.

Making it perfect
for this truck.

Izzy's building the buckets
for the taillight

and then greg's going
to do all the

cnc trimwork
around the taillights

and make a really
awesome-looking bitchin' piece.

And then daniel,
I got him building

the front lower
ram air chin spoiler,

not sure we've had it called
ten different things.

But I was going to be down
where the grille's at.

So he's going to make it
look awesome.

Just gotta do some layouts
and kind of get this profile

down the side?

It's kind of going to be
the look of a bumper.

So that's why we're putting
this little detail in it

so it can kind of have a step to
it, like the stock one would.

But it's actually like
a chin spoiler.

I got to break it, but the top
has a slight radius to it.

So rather than it just being
a straight piece

and then a curve, it's going
to be rounded into it.

So this is just going to put
a tiny little contour in it

you can't really tell
when I do it,

but when it's on the truck,

you'll see it roll
rather than just a flat plane.

I just got to put a bead roll in
to get that that beauty line

that I'm putting in
in the front side.

Yeah, it makes it
a hell of a lot stronger,

but it turns out
that it's pretty, too.

So first one's a 90
and then the next one

just kind of take it
as far as it can go.

Well, the next one's
a tricky one,

we've got to roll it right here,
clamp over it,

and I'll just bend it by hand.

I got both sides done,
match pretty good.

I welded them together and now
we fit the truck pretty good,

that's centered well,
so now I got to

just round the corners
to make it look like

it finishes somewhere.

The aluminum trim that jordan's
building right now is two-fold,

we wanted some chrome
on the truck

and I need something to separate
that two-tone paint job.

Sometimes you have to twist it
and it's hard to...

Hard to know exactly
where to smack it,

to give it the twist you want,
you know.

Good enough to test fit it.

I'll tack 'em together and then
test fir it a couple of times

and then do fully weld it.

Totally flawless, you know.

Kevin: Jordan is what we like
to call the trim whisperer.

He can work, massage, shape,

trim better than any man
could even imagine.

I'm going to tap it in
a tiny bit,

get it to sit a little closer,

most of it already bent.

Looks like I need to bend that
a touch

to get this downhill a little.

Tape it in place
and get a better idea

of what I need to do.

Mostly there, though.

eh, it's pretty decent.

I got to shorten up the height
of the taillights

and then recess them
into the bed.

Try and get the top
of the body line to match

the top of the taillights,
so they don't go past it.

So we're getting rid of the
factory reverse lights in it

so they won't be there anymore.

kevin: Once izzy has
the buckets welded in,

then greg can scan

and start designing these
custom taillight lenses.

Oh, boy.

So izzy got the taillight
buckets pretty well figured out,

it all looks great.
So what I am doing is

I'm going to make
an aluminum trim ring

and then a red taillight lens.

I'm designing it
on solidworks right now.

I basically am making
the part on the computer,

but I need to tell the machine
how to cut it out.

I'm going to cnc
the aluminum ring

and then I'm also going to

red acrylic
to make the taillight lens.

That stuff is a little bit
sensitive to scratches,

so I think we're going to do
a coating on the top.

Going to be kind of trial
by fire on this one.

So greg is making the billet
taillights for the c10.

This is just like a prototype.
Either you get it or you don't.

So we're going to hope
for the best in this process.

Man, the program has no idea
what it's doing.

There's a lot of factors
at play.

Kevin: Cnc machine is a great
addition to the shop,

but when you're
prototyping parts,

you never know
what's going to happen

with the first one
until you do it.

Greg: Going to be kind of trial
by fire on this one.

So we just got these machines.

This one's controlled
by the computer.

It's a lot of code.
It's kind of the same way.

As, like, making websites,
you know.

It's a lot of stuff that looks
like a foreign language,

but the machine just runs
on some simple rules.

It's just cartesian coordinates,
runs on inches, x, y, and z.

So your three dimensions.

There's a lot
of factors at play.

I think it's going to look
really cool with light

coming through it.
It looks pretty wild.

Dave said, don't make
these things too crazy.

He wants them to look
kind of stock.

I tried not to make it
look too tech-y.

So now I just need to drill
some holes in the bucket

so that I can mount these things

and then
I'll screw it all together

and hopefully it'll fit in the
car without too much extra work.

Should be should be
pretty close.

Well, the cncs are definitely
a game changer,

but old school is where it's at.

We're going to hand shape
all of these other details

for this truck
and make it flawless.

That's a nice piece, daniel.

We've done rolled pans
before here,

we've done chrome bumpers,

but I think this air dam kind of
utilizing that same style

cues the grille openings.

I think that's gonna look
pretty cool.

Yeah, I think so.
And not ugly like a diffuser.

But it's doing the same job.

I mean, it's both form
and function, really.

We're going to get
a lot more air

passed up into the radiator
and it's going to look good.


The way this truck should've
been built in the first place.

Okay, I'm just kidding.

I agree.
Well, I mean, yeah,

this should have been.

jordan: I think I like it
enough for now,

just going to fine tune it later

and get the groove
totally smooth,

but the shape is there
it's what I'm after, so.

-Wow. Jordan, dude.
-You like?

Yeah. Just like
what I drew, man.

-This looks awesome.

I'll get it 99% done
then let them finish body work.

And if we need to tweak anything
just a tiny bit

we can come back and do that.
Make sense.

Yeah, I'm kind of thinking

maybe across the interior
kind of tight end.

Maybe separate or bringing it
into the door panels

and stuff, too, so cool.

No, I'll get let you
get back to work.

But yeah, it's looking awesome.
This stuff's been tedious.

I bet.

It doesn't bend as easily
as the other stuff.


I have to anneal everything.

You know, they say, jordan,
if it was easy,

everybody would be doing it,
then it wouldn't be cool, right?

Yeah, I guess
that's why I'm here.

Yeah, you're super cool.

Dave: This truck has gone
from sitting on the shelf

to the fast track
of customizing.

Once this part's wrapped up,

we should
be able to go over to body.

Bryce: So I was pretty excited
about this bill due to the fact

that it was already body worked
and already end primered,

and so all we were going
to need to do

is get it over to the body side,

sand it down, maybe put
a final two primer on it

and then block it,
go straight to paint.

But after finding what I think
are some pretty big issues,

you start seeing
these little bubbles

and then you start
picking at 'em

and it's just completely rusted
underneath of it.

Sections that the primer
and bondo is just flaking off.

And so being able to go
over there

and just scrape
that away is not normal.

You shouldn't see that.

You know,
my other concern, too,

is this is a polyester primer
and polyester

has the tendency
to be a porous material.

If this was an epoxy primer

would be
a completely different story

because that's like
a moisture barrier.

Well, as the polyester

is just wants to absorb
a lot of stuff that's out there.

So six years of just sitting,
that's that's a pretty big deal.

And again, I think we just
end up chasing problems

if we're trying to just spot it
in here and there.

So in my personal opinion,

this thing needs to get stripped
back down the metal.

And there's a crap ton of
freaking body filler

on this thing, too.

[ ticking ]

dave: Well, much like
any kind of technology,

body shop technology
also improves

and the fact that this has been
done for so long,

it's been open to the elements.

We have a couple of areas that
look like they're coming loose.

To be honest with you, I don't
want to chance that at all.

It's better to send
this thing up to strip,

get it back in fresh metal
and we'll start over.

It's not the end of the world.

We're going to get
the truck stripped

and get it back
into the metal shop.

Well, how's it look?

Ah, look at that.

I've seen better.