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.
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.
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Be Cool Products
Blue Oval Truck Parts
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Eaton Performance Differentials
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Bebops Glassworks Inc.
392 Country Rd. 609
Athens, TN 37303
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2700 California St.
Torrance, CA 90503
15450 W. 108th ST.
Lenexa, KS 66219
Flaming River Industries
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Fast Eddy’s Hot Rod Art
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Hill’s Hot Rods
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Lubbock, TX 79404
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Holley Performance Products
122 S.E. Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
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No Limit Engineering
455 South D. Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
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5990 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631
Lokar Performance Products
10924 Murdock Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
Pro’s Pick Engineered Components
330 Smith St.
P.O. Box 70
Arthur, ON NOG 1 AO
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Paul Horton’s Welder Series
Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation
11470 Main Rd.
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808 West Nicholas Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
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Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories
9004 Madison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
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Art Carr’s California Performance Transmissions
5502 Engineer Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
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