To bolster structural integrity and mitigate torsional bending, the body shell was welded to the frame. The front wheelwell openings of that pristine body were stretched wide, and the bumpers were tucked and smoothed. A sheetmetal spoiler appeared on the II’s chin. Then, RPM set about crafting the smoothed engine bay, firewall, floors, lower front valence, and wheeltubs. They made a snorkel and surround for the cold-air intake system and routed it to the outer well away from engine heat and above and in front of the wheel. Since the LS7 engine sits very low in the chassis and the intake system is so compact, there’s no need for anything but a flat hood. It’s held by Ringbrothers hinges with a custom finish by C4Labs. Alumicraft’s Dan Baker prized a one-off grille from billet stock. The headlights are United Pacific. The door handles are another Ringbrothers item. RideTech Precision Coachworks crafted the gas filler lid, and RPM modified the United Pacific LED taillights. John Harrison, Area 51 in West Newton, Pennsylvania, shot the Sikkens base/clearcoats, that ferrous Red Allure Pearl and Sunset Bronze Mica after a pattern by Thad Cunningham at Icon Signs and Kustom Paint in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. At last, Cunningham applied the pinstriping.
There is a lot going on here. American Autowire powered by an Optima Yellow Top gives surge to the StarDrive starter pushbutton and powers the Clarion head unit and backup camera, as well as the JL Audio amps and speakers. The dash has been reconfigured to accept Stewart-Warner Maximum Performance gauges and provides a backdrop for the Billet Specialties Throttle steering wheel arcing on an ididit tilt column. Smith’s Custom seats in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, built the units and applied the unusual Optima leather sheaths. Other standout bits include Clayton Machine Works pedals, Specialty Engineering shifter, RideTech five-point harnesses, and Axia Alloys rearview mirror. The Hushmat Ultra and Silence Megabond make it so you can barely hear the whisper of the Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum HVAC system. CHP