Caddy-Vette-Truck

Caddy-Vette-Truck

If you have ever wondered what a combination of a Caddy/Corvette looks like in truck format, then wonder no more for that is exactly what James Walker did to his 1989 Chevy Stepside C/K series truck!

ESM first caught a glimpse of James Walker’s truck a few years ago at the Hunter’s Auto Expo when it had the stock front clip on it. Then this past year at the same show we noticed that something was very different about the truck… it had been Caddy clipped!

James decided that he wanted not just performance, along with the looks, he wanted a tweak of luxury thrown in with the laundry list of mods that have been done to this beautiful master show piece.

To begin with, James has brought the truck out of the clouds and almost to Caddy stance with Belltech 4 inch drop springs in the front and a 6 inch flip kit in the rear. Being performance minded, James treated the 350ci engine with a Flowmaster muffler, K&N filter, and Gibson headers, so the Chevy power plant could breathe easier. A MSD ignition system was installed to keep the spark plugs warmed up and a Stage III computer chip was added to top off the performance engine mods.

After taking a little time to rest, James caught himself scratching his head wondering what else was missing, then one day while visiting Hunters Custom Automotive, the “King of Chrome,” it came to him… CHROME, lots of CHROME! Almost every single item under the hood, aside from rubber parts, was sent off to be chrome plated (if it couldn’t be bought) and we do mean E V E R Y TH I N G… right down to the engine mounts!

After eye balling the beautiful chrome engine, protected in all of its glory with a steel cowl induction hood, we decided to look at the tail end. James flipped the rear tailgate handle to the inside of the bed with a Sir Michaels tail gate handle flip kit and installed a C-5 Corvette tailgate and rollpan kit including the exhaust pipes. To further brighten up the bed of the truck, James installed a set of billet step plates.

James liked how his rear tailgate looked with a shaved handle, so he decided to do the same to the door handles as well. Ah, but why stop there? To finish off the chrome accented looks, James installed a set of small billet bowties on each side of the cab, a set of chrome APC signal mirrors replace the oversized stock mirrors, chrome cross drilled brake dust covers, billet grille for the nose, and last, but not least, James even had the tow hooks dipped in chrome. Yep, when it comes down to details, James is right on top of things, especially when you are speaking of chrome!

After the chroming was complete it was time to strap on a set of wheels. James likes most of today’s contemporary wheel styles, but opted to choose a classic hot rod styled wheel. The Billet Specialties Hustler 17″ wheels fits this category pretty well and after a trip to Hunter’s Custom Auto in Nashville, TN, James had completed the outside of his luxury performance hauler. What about the inside you ask?

The inside is just as stylish as the outside. To begin with, James had the hard tonneau cover, dash, door panels, and headliner covered in red tweed, but with a twist. In the classic tradition of hot rods, James had traditional 3-D flames set into the tweed headliner, tweed door panels and even in the tweed on the underside of the bed cover. Next, James installed a set of red leather captain seats, which make those long hauls a lot more bearable and installed a bed rug for the pickup box.

Being part Caddy and Corvette, James realized that the flames accent the Vettish looks, but what about the Caddy looks? After much thought, James decided to install a wood grain kit in the center console, around the door handles, in the dash cluster, and even a Grant wood grain steering wheel. To top off the interior looks, James threw in several billet accent pieces that can be seen through out the cockpit as well.

In the car audio and electronics department, James decided to make his truck very loud with the addition of four 10″ Audiobahn subs, installed in a custom box covered in red tweed, in the bed of his truck. A JVC head unit sends powerful bass to the chrome flamed subs which are powered by a whopping 1,000 watt JVC amp! A JVC LCD television along with a VCR and DVD player were installed for entertainment when stuck in Nashville traffic. Topping off the boutique of electronics, James had a remote starter installed for those cold winter days.

James Walker has been bitten by the custom bug no doubt and ESM sees it in the way he has styled his Caddy-Vette hauler. Performance mixed with luxury, along with a hot rod tweak, is a common trend in today’s contemporary customs. Truly James truck is a head turner and from the list of trophies that he has acquired over the past few years, I would say that his truck turns the right kind of heads which make this hauler truly a master show piece!

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