Street Customs, the TLC show starring Ryan Friedlinghaus and his crew from West Coast Customs in Corona (CA) recently had a huge opportunity: create a custom truck for Sly’s next movie, The Expendables (2010).
Shot most notably in New Orleans, the movie has an impressive cast of action movie stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Forest Whitaker, Dolph Lundgren and UFC champion Randy Couture.
First Ryan shows up at Sylvester’s office to show him some sketches for his 1955 Ford F100. Sly is impressed and decides to go for the 50’s style Merc grill design. He loves the idea of a vintage truck with modern capabilities, one that would be able to endure a “wild chase with Dolph Lundgren”. The truck has neat tricks up its sleeve, like hidden compartments for guns.
Ryan is then off to work and produce 3 similar trucks: 1 hero car that Sly will drive after the movie, 1 stunt car that will end up in a crash and 1 green screen truck that only needs to look similar on the outside.
It’s a real treat to see a movie car being made, and also to get to see the legendary Edelbrock facilities when Ryan goes there to check on the 421 hp custom built by their experts down in Torrance (CA), with a visit by Vic Edelbrock himself.
It was surprising to see them try and figure out the interior design as they go, instead of following the design of a concept artist, but the truck looks pretty darn good at the end!