Radical Renderings- Highlander Custom Renderings
Highlander Custom Renderings began as a simple love for drawing, designing and making things. Tavis Highlander from Poulsbo, Washington, is the talented mind behind HCR and his work shows a passion for cool styles, custom concepts, and attention to detail. While he was still in college, Tavis was already working professionally to design several custom cars for Steve Strope at Pure Vision, a custom car builder in Simi Valley, California. With a lot of hard work and a little luck, his design skills were soon being utilized by Mopar and Hot Rod magazine. More clients came rolling in and he hasn't looked back. Today, he has a variety of projects including industrial design for a medical company and RV styling for a TV Show. Several of his projects have included one-off designed modifications which are always a fun endeavor when envisioning something that will be built from scratch. If you need a vision for a project you're working on or an idea for a build you are thinking about, contact HCR to get started at tavishighlander.com.
Not every project is envisioned as a pristine, fully painted show vehicle. This 1954 GMC pickup is being purposefully and meticulously built at Stoner's Speed Shop in Hudson, Iowa. The project will keep its aged, well-worn patina paint while the rest of the truck gets major updates to bring it into a whole new feel when it's fired up to cruise. The first step into a new century is the LS3 swap with FAST eight-stack system on top along with a Quick Performance 9-inch rear end to handle the upgraded horsepower and torque. Another modern update is happening inside the truck with Dakota Digital Gauges going in and a host of Kicker audio products for sound including two in pods that will hang down from the electric actuated lift bed. The laid-out GMC will roll on a set of 20-inch Detroit Steel Wheels with Diamond Back Tires whitewall tires. Other planned modifications include the addition of an ididit Steering Column, United Pacific Industries LED Lighting, Wilwood Brakes, a Be Cool Radiator and much more.
This build is one of those with so many subtle, and a few not-so-subtle, modifications that it becomes difficult to decide which ones to mention here without running out of space. This 1967 Chevrolet C10 owned by Mike Dauster is being revamped, restyled and reborn by the crew at Born Vintage in Bakersfield, California. Starting with the metalwork, this truck has already been changed in many ways with no area of the body going untouched. There will be a full custom metal bed floor, smooth firewall, custom front wheeltubs, and a one-off aluminum front grille to start. The chassis is going to get a full Porterbuilt Suspension treatment and will then be laying out over a set of 20-inch Forgeline Wheels. If that isn't enough, between the front framerails will be an LSX 376 with a Magnuson Supercharger mated to a TCI six-speed transmission. Other plans include custom exhaust tips built into the bedsides, a one-off front bumper, stainless headers, and Marquez Design taillights.