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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