Project Fast Lane Part 19

June 3rd, 2011

Text by Travis Noack

Photos Courtesy of Hill’s Hot Rods

Hill’s Hot Rods and JD Glassworks Get Fast Lane’s Smoothed Metal and Slick Interior Ready for Paint

Custom paintwork laid over arrow-straight panels really sets the tone for the first impression your truck makes on the scene. A good combination of custom colors combined with a clean graphic treatment or simple pinstripe color separation can give your truck a bold look that makes it a standout at every show. With custom paintwork the quality of the finished product is only as good as the bodywork underneath. If you want your truck to drop jaws the minute someone’s eye balls wander in its direction, you better be willing to put in the time to make it perfectly straight, or find a professional paint and body shop to do it for you.

Project Fast Lane, with its now 56-year-old metal, required a lot of patch panels and rust repair to get it back into shape, but we did not stop there. Back in the February 2010 issue we showed the truck getting a mild roofline chop, and the hood received a nice, clean section and pancake job. The cab corners were replaced along with the rockers and floor pans, and a whole new roof skin was welded in to line up with the radiused door corners. In other segments of the build we showed you how the glass was flush-fit into the cab without seals, and how the custom AVS LED taillights were frenched neatly into the rear bedposts. We also highlighted the custom-smoothed firewall, smoothed dash and a host of other slick metal modifications performed on the truck to make it a standout.

One of the major modifications done on the cab is the flush-fit front and rear glass. We showed off the metal work in the July 2010 issue. Here, Terry Joe grinds everything smooth to prep the area for filler and finished bodywork.

Since we focused on detailing and assembling the chassis last month, this month it is time to get the truck ready for color. Before the PPG hues could be sprayed, every curve and edge had to be perfectly straight. Filler was applied in all necessary areas, and then it was nothing but sanding, primering and blocking to get the truck perfectly straight and flat for color. Watch as Hill’s Hot Rods tackles the body panels on Project Fast Lane and the dust flies through the laborious process known as bodywork.

One of the major modifications done on the cab is the flush-fit front and rear glass. We showed off the metal work in the July 2010 issue. Here, Terry Joe grinds everything smooth to prep the area for filler and finished bodywork.


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MSD Ignition

915.857.5200 (http://www NULL.msdignition

Metal Rehab

Dept. STTR

1908 Peyco Drive South

Arlington, TX 76001

817.466.3362 (http://www NULL.metalrehab

Auto Meter Competition Instruments (http://www NULL.autometer


866.915.BAGS (http://www NULL.airbagparts

Be Cool Products


Blue Oval Truck Parts


Currie Enterprises Inc.

714.528.6957 (http://www NULL.currieenterprises

Eaton Performance Differentials



350 S. St. Charles

Jasper, IN 47546

812.481.4786 (http://www NULL.ridetech

Bebops Glassworks Inc.

392 Country Rd. 609

Athens, TN 37303


423.263.9594 (http://www NULL.bebops-glassworks

Doug’s Headers

Edelbrock Corporation

2700 California St.

Torrance, CA 90503


LMC Truck

15450 W. 108th ST.

Lenexa, KS 66219



Flaming River Industries

800.648.8022 (http://www NULL.flamingriver

Fast Eddy’s Hot Rod Art

281.455.2883 (http://www NULL.fehrarules

PPG Paint

Hill’s Hot Rods

122 S.E. Loop 289

Lubbock, TX 79404

808.866.0586 (http://www NULL.hillshotrods

Holley Performance Products

JD Glassworks

122 S.E. Loop 289

Lubbock, TX 79404

806.866.0586 (http://www NULL.jdglassworks

JRD International




No Limit Engineering

455 South D. Street

San Bernardino, CA 92401


888.297.6032 (http://www NULL.nolimit

Electric Life

5990 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631


Lokar Performance Products

Dept. STTR

10924 Murdock Drive

Knoxville, TN 37932


Pro’s Pick Engineered Components

Dept. STTR

330 Smith St.

P.O. Box 70

Arthur, ON NOG 1 AO


800.865.7366 (http://www NULL.pros-pick

Paul Horton’s Welder Series


Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation

Dept. STTR

11470 Main Rd.

Clarence, NY 14031

800.448.7722 (http://www NULL.ssbrakes

Suicide Doors-Thorbecke Brothers

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Totally Stainless


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Dept. STTR

808 West Nicholas Ave.

Orange, CA 92868

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Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories

Dept. STTR

9004 Madison Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44102


Ford Racing (http://www NULL.fordracingparts

Art Carr’s California Performance Transmissions

Dept. STTR

5502 Engineer Drive

Huntington Beach, CA 92649


Bonspeed Wheels

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