Rad­i­cal Ren­der­ings


For those who spend any time on cus­tom truck pages or are gen­er­ally a fan of cool au­to­mo­tive art, the hand­i­work of Nick Crouch of Sur­face DVD is most cer­tainly on your radar. Hav­ing graced these pages many times be­fore, Nick is a ma­jor player in the ren­der­ing world, with many of his cre­ations go­ing on to be­come SEMA projects. He’s a well­known source in the mul­ti­me­dia arena as well. His com­pany, Sur­face DVD, is known for pro­duc­ing top­notch au­to­mo­bile art prints, T-shirts, and videos, and hav­ing the Pretty Low brand of ap­parel. Part of Nick’s sig­na­ture is nail­ing the de­tails; he makes sure ev­ery­thing he does stands out from the crowd. He also does what he can to help the scene by not charg­ing an arm and a leg for the amount of work he puts into his ren­der­ings—some­times 20 to 30 hours. To buy prints and ap­parel, visit his on­line shop: sur­facenick. myshopify.com. He can be reached through email for a ren­der­ing at sur­facenick@hot­mail.com. Fol­low him on In­sta­gram @sur­facenick or just gawk at some of his lat­est cre­ations at sur­face-dvd.com.

This ’97 Chevy 1500 ex­tra cab is go­ing to be one smooth op­er­a­tor when it’s fin­ished and will be an ex­er­cise in how clean a build can be. To set the tone, Grant Kus­toms was sourced for the uni­body pan­els that will bridge the gap be­tween cab and bed to make it one uni­form line from front to back, while the bed it­self will be short­ened by 2 inches. A 40x40-inch Legacy rag­top will be cut into the top to open up the cab. The sus­pen­sion and frame will be pow­der­coated white to match the body, giv­ing it a more seam­less ap­pear­ance, with the paint be­ing han­dled by H1 Cus­toms in Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia. The in­te­rior will be treated to all white, while a ’57 Chevy dash will be planned. Pow­ered by a 4.8 LS, the truck will ride on 22-inch In­tro wheels with a six-lug rear-disc con­ver­sion help­ing slow down this show­stop­per.

Built by Carolina Kus­toms in Port­land, Ore­gon, this ’69 C10 started out as a derelict pro­ject CK took on that just grew. The sheet­metal took four years alone! The truck sits on a Porter­built sus­pen­sion with Ridetech HQ shocks, Slam­bags, two Air Zenith com­pres­sors, and an Ac­cuair E-Level with the Endo tank. It fea­tures an LS3 that is sprayed black, a Hol­ley in­take, hot cam, cus­tom ra­di­a­tor, hid­den wiring, and a cus­tom bed floor started with Bird­s­eye Maple that was stained gray and coated with PPG matte clear. Other PPG colors in­clude twotone with Lam­borgh­ini Gray and Chevy White. The in­te­rior sports bomber gray and black leather, with the stock seats cus­tom-cut to make them into buck­ets (owner built, with help from Jim’s Cus­tom Up­hol­stery in Port­land). The front of the truck rides on 20x8s while the rear rides on 20x10s, both mated to Toyo tires.

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