In 2009, I purchased the truck from the original owner with the intentions of using it as a work truck. The body was solid other than the cab corners and the engine/trans were recently rebuilt. After 10 months of “work”, I changed jobs and no longer needed a work truck. So, I began to plan lowering it and fixing her up since the body was solid and the running gear were fresh.
After some research and much debate over brand versus quality, I decided on the Western Chassis 4″ Front / 6″ Rear lowering kit (with smooth rider coils). In addition to the kit, I purchased Western Chassis shock extender/re-locators. I couldn’t be happier with the ride. (It’s firm like a sports car, but not bouncy like a low rider)
I wanted to get the suspension modifications taken care of prior to paint as to not scratch anything. I’ve always liked cowl hoods on these trucks, so I picked one up from Goodmark. I’ve never done body work before (other than small rattle can projects) so I called up a local shop whose painter’s work I am familiar with and asked if he’d be interested in doing some bodywork and a color change.
I wanted some mild body mods, so the tailgate was shaved along with the antenna and stake pockets in the bed. A new billet grille was installed along with new glass and a smoothie bumper and roll pan w/hidden hitch. An online friend suggested DuPont Hot Hues Midori Sour as a color since he knew I’d been having trouble deciding on a final color scheme for the truck. A local paint dealer sprayed a sample for me, and I loved it. After some careful bodywork, the Midori Sour was laid along with 3 coats of clear.
Thanks Western Chassis !!