How about a Dream Truck of the Month? Like this super-black, contemporary, slabside roadster pickup with a big rig in the background for inspiration?
The rpu can take some cues from the big guy; most obvious are the scaled-down wheels. The wide rear tires have a pronounced center groove to hint at duals. Also evident are the external air cleaners and the chrome exhaust stacks laid down "belly-burner" style to follow the line of the bed. A cut-down and kicked-out '34 Chevy passenger-car grille looks right, as do the hood side vents inspired by the same car.
A chrome trim strip runs along the upper body reveal and around the bed for design continuity, and it's bordered by a red pinstripe above and below. Split 'bones support the front and rear solid axles aided by Watts links for lateral location. The metallic-gray frame covers are turned under at the bottom to simulate a full bellypan.
Four '59 Cad taillight lenses are frenched into the rear cover and guarded by a nerf bar to ward off light taps. A deep-V Hallock-style windshield, dual mirrors, a full complement of gauges, a cut-down '40 Ford steering wheel, and wide-spaced tuck 'n' roll upholstery are also appropriate. Some reserved body-side graphics complete the design.
The rpu's running gear is worthy of any small rig: a 383 SBC stroker backed by a five-speed standard trans (mandatory) running through a 9-inch Ford with a 3.25:1 Posi gearset. This ensures you can smoke 'em off the line and still have low rpms in Fifth for cruising to all the events.