When you take the big old engine off the rear, that’s a truck,” he said.
The work of art comes from several points of view, including how the lines are constructed, the paint that was used, and the detail that’s added to it.
The team used what’s known as a “blower model,” which is a simple, rectangular block of steel that is assembled to the frame of the vehicle. It’s painted black and the engine is covered in the same paint.
Then, to help the artist create the cab, they used a series of steel pipes that are connected on each side by a metal chain. They’re connected by cables to the frame of the truck. Each of the pipes are built around the wheel well, and if the pipe breaks or if the chains snap, the vehicle will fall over.
Then, while they’re laying down the pieces of metal, they’re also adding in bits of paint that the artist will later use in the cab.
There’s a lot of back and forth on the cab’s shape, making sure the piece of metal that’s under the bottom is the right shape to fill the bottom. There’s also a lot of back and forth on the lines, looking for a proper look that works both on the bodywork and in the cab.
It’s all about what the artist sees that makes him happy.
“I’m always trying to give my art a little bit of a personality and feel of the cars,” said Scott Anderson, who’s been working on the project since he was 10 years old. “If they are all pretty white, and I’m driving that truck with that big big engine that’s in it, if you don’t have the right design and feel and style then it doesn’t really look like a traditional art car.”
The cab is usually built in two parts: the front is finished, and the back is finished, which is a process that gets even more complicated when they’re working on the truck itself. The front cab has to be molded from a piece of welded aluminum while the back cab has to be molded from more than 100 separate parts.
The pieces, which come together in batches, can be broken down and put back together multiple times before they’re done.
On the back end, the designers typically work on the bodywork and then work on the rest of the interior. The engine and the tires are always done in a specific order.