Mafia Secrets
Hot rod Lincoln Peterbilt

By Bryan 'Boss Man' Martin, contributing writer

OK, students, pipe down, straighten up, and pay attention please.

Here is a bad-to-the-bone build from the Chrome Shop Mafia archives. This semi-gloss 379 Pete has just enough shiny chrome and stainless and way too much attitude.

The chop-top, chopped air cleaners, chopped mirrors, painted sun visor and the black exhaust clamps on the 8-inch monster pipes totally add to the sinister look of this Peterbilt. The subtle “button head” cab lights, the shaved air horns and hood pull, stainless wrapped fuel tanks and vertical billet grille help keep the visual perception smooth and uncluttered.

Some more features that really add to the near perfect stance of the truck are the headlights mounted in the American Eagle front bumper, the low-mounted rear light bar and the full rear fiberglass fenders.

Finish it all off with some classic red pinstripes, a one-off oval rear sleeper window, polished aluminum wheels with black lug nut covers, and wow. Makes you think … “Is that James Dean’s truck?”

And those are just the things that come to mind by looking solely at the Outlaw’s exterior.

When you open the suicide door and see the obnoxiously appealing upholstery, it immediately has the look of a 1950s street rod that should be staked out at the drive-in diner every Friday and Saturday.

This rig was an American Class Edition when it left the factory, so the dash is loaded up with nearly every switch and gauge available at the time. We did a twin-stick conversion on the 18-speed with spade shift knobs per the customers wishes. A smooth painted floorboard, along with the painted instrument panels and black steering wheel, makes a big impact. But nothing sends near as strong a message as the high-energy brightly colored custom upholstery.

This was a pre-2010 job we did for a regional hauler, and in the short time we were around the truck afterward I can assure you that everywhere the truck went, or sat, or fueled or loaded, it drew a crowd in a hurry.

This highly modified Peterbilt seemed to have universal appeal to all ages and all walks-of-life. Who doesn’t dig a hardcore, dead serious, in your face hot rod that just shouts “Step aside, I’m comin’ through.”

Like most builds of this magnitude, a lot of folks were involved in the creation and assembly of this modern-day outlaw truck. Thank you to all of them for a job well done. It seems like no matter how many years go by, when I thumb through these old photo albums, I always slow down and look again when it comes to this bad boy. LL