Tyler Smith's 1949 Chevy truck has a similar look, but it didn't come from a body shop.
Smith, 20, of Hurricane, bought the truck when he was 13 years old, with money he earned cutting lawns.
The Chevrolet originally belonged to a feed company - there is still a "Pork is good food" sticker on the hood - but it sat under a tree in Missouri for 25 years before Smith purchased it.
He continued to use his grass-cutting money to purchase parts for his car but didn't have enough money to paint it. Eventually, he grew fond of the rusted-out look.
"The outside is all as it would have been in 1949," he said.
He recently hired an artist from Flatwoods, Ky., to add some old-school pinstripes on the hood, fenders and tailgate, as well as a hand-drawn "Smith Customs" logo on each door to promote his new auto upholstery business.
Smith attended the Hot Rod Institute in Rapid City, S.D., earlier this year, learning how to restore car bodies, upholstery and frames. He had the seats from his Ford shipped to South Dakota so he could work on them during upholstery class. The bench seat is now covered in green and white fabric, with a white embroidered pinstripe design on the top.
Now that's he's back home, Smith is doing upholstery work for fellow hot rodders. He worked through the night Wednesday to complete a red and blue tweed seat cover, plus new carpet and a headliner, for a 1946 Chevrolet pickup owned by Dunlap's Gun & Pawn in Hurricane.
That truck also is appearing at the Rod Run car show this weekend.
Smith said he plans to expand his business as soon as he can get a bigger shop. While painting requires air compressors and paint booths, Smith said an upholsterer just needs a sewing machine.
The 2012 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop runs all weekend on Kanawha Boulevard in downtown Charleston, with hundreds of cars from across the United States and Canada participating. Visit www.charlestonwvcarshow.com for a complete schedule.