Most import guys have already traded in their Hondas and baggy pants for PlayStation 3s and vintage Pokemon cards, but fear not, their influence lives on in the custom truck scene. While both camps hail from vastly different sectors of the enthusiast circle, the passion with which they scrape body panels on pavement and marvel in repugnant paint schemes is remarkably similar. More traditional hot rodders have always wondered if it's even possible to cure their aversion for wheel gap and acceleration with a good ol' dose of horsepower. As custom truck builder Cory Scott will attest, it turns out you can do just that. All it takes is a hot motor wrapped in voluptuous sheetmetal; a formula that's executed perfectly by the fifth-gen Camaro.
Although Cory's a Chevy guy to the core, he's dedicated most of his life to building custom trucks. The son of an avid drag racer and mechanic, he learned how to turn wrenches at an early age. His natural mechanical talents led to a gig working at a hot rod shop after high school, where he perfected the art of metal fabrication, custom bodywork, and high-end painting. Granted that Cory grew up around muscle cars-and he worked on street rods for a living-but he couldn't shake the truck fix. Over the years, he's built several vintage C10 pickups, an '81 K5 Blazer, and a couple of late-model Silverados. Eventually, his obsession for trucks prevailed, and he ventured out on his own to start Kustom Werx Auto Body (www.kustomwerxautobody.com) in Conroe, Texas. Naturally, his specialty is building custom trucks, and his creations have been featured in dozens of magazine stories in recognition of his fine work.
Bed-less transportation just seemed so uninterestingly ordinary to Cory until he caught a glimpse of the fifth-gen Camaro concept car. "When I first saw the new Camaro at the 2006 SEMA show, I knew that I had to get one. Having been around trucks my entire life, I've never really had a fast car before, and I was itching to get my first taste of some real power," he admits. "When GM announced that they were bringing the Camaro back into production, I sold two of my show trucks to come up with the money to buy one. I placed my order for an Inferno Orange 2010 Chevy Camaro SS the first day they went on sale. Even though I've never been into cars, I absolutely love the new Camaro."
Considering he's a customizer by trade, it's not surprising that Cory started fiddling with his new toy the first day he owned it. Fortunately, unlike many custom truck builders, he prefers the subtle and tasteful over the garish and ostentatious. "I like to add simple touches here and there that aren't immediately noticeable individually, but add to the overall sophistication as a whole. To clean up the engine bay, I added metal covers over the fuse box, ABS module and master cylinder reservoir, and painted them orange along with the engine cover for a nice monochromatic look," he explains. Likewise, Cory installed a factory GM ground effects kit, but instead of leaving it gray, it was sprayed in orange along with the Bow Tie emblems and brake calipers. To add some contrast, Cory painted the chrome Camaro emblems and taillight bezels black. Finishing off the visual transformation are Detroit Speed and Engineering 1.5-inch lowering springs, and a set of custom one-off Intro wheels measuring a mammoth 22 inches in diameter. Cory digs the overall visual pop, for now, but as fond as he is of the factory paint, he plans on spraying the car in '69 Camaro Hugger Orange.