“It took around two years to find all the bars for the front grill,” he said. Burnett learned that his short wide-bed truck was fairly rare because most of them from that era were either flat beds or long beds.
“I installed a high horsepower, small block Chevy engine and transmission with overdrive,” he said. “A friend of mine had a low mileage wrecked 1984 S-10 Chevy Blazer where I got the power steering and disc brakes.” These components along with the Blazer’s rear axle were grafted onto Abominational’s original frame. The result is a safe and easy to drive vehicle combining antique appeal with modern technology. An extraordinary exhaust system has given the old truck a distinctive aural note. “It’s just a really fun vehicle to drive,” Burnett said. “That old truck puts a smile on people’s faces.”
He’s been approached for jobs working on other old cars after someone saw his truck parked at an event or rally. My first glimpse of the completed Abominational was sitting at Barb Hendrickson’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Garage Sale a few years ago at the old 66 Bowl in OKC.
“I’ve seen a couple of old International Harvester pick-up trucks around town but mine is the only I know of that’s customized,” Burnett said.
The truck’s customization is where Burnett’s creativity came to the fore. Abominational could be called a psychobilly-mobile. The psychobilly music genre combines elements of comic book and movie horror, hot rod culture and lurid sexuality.
Abominational’s hood ornament is a voluptuous reclining female figure in chrome. Not unusual except her body is decapitated and the arms are resting on a miniature tomb stone. Twin axe heads two feet apart serve as the front bumper. The driver’s side rear view mirror fixture is a skeleton-like hand in rusted iron holding the reflective surface. A trio of amber lamps spaced evenly across the front of the truck’s roof suggests demonic horns. Each door has a “Voodoo Machine Shop” graphic and there’s a raised trim bar that mimics bamboo slats. There are many more details of this scandalous nature including where Burnett altered the chrome trim word “International” on the hood to read “Abominational.”