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FERGUS, Ont. - Remember the Dolorean from the Back to the Future movies in the '80s?

FERGUS, Ont. – Remember the Dolorean from the Back to the Future movies in the ’80s?

It was a hard car to miss with its signature “gull wing” style of doors, with hinges attached to the roof and doors opening upward. At the time they seemed cool, though in the 20-some odd years that have passed, they’ve become one of many classic examples of an overtly cheesy decade.

Yet still, for many car buffs, the Dolorean still holds endless potential to make a “cool” comeback.

While Bruce Montgomery may not be bringing the Dorolean itself back, he may be just the person to revive their trademark doors with his latest truck creation.

Montgomery has been doing customization for about three and a half years now, but he has since branched out and started his own customizing shop, Orangeville, Ont.-based Fully Loaded Customs.

According to Montgomery, suicide doors had become an increasingly popular option for customization junkies, so he decided to take it to the next level with gull wings on a new truck.

“As you can see, we’re just trying to do different things,” Montgomery told Truck West at the Fergus Truck Show.

“A lot of the stuff that I do is stuff that I like, and I’ve kind of got to get away from that. I’m a hardcore kind of guy and not everyone’s like that.”

The hardcore part of Montgomery was evident to all onlookers at the Fergus Show, not just for the wings, but for the lime green paint job (including a blazing skull on the side) and chrome-crazy interior.

“I’d seen some of the designs that Bruce had done with other (customization) companies and they were so unique and so new that they just suited Texis’ format so well,” said Dan Hrodzicky of Texis exhaust system products, a sponsor of Montgomery’s.

“I’ve been with Texis for over 20 years now and, with no disregard for the nice trucks, but they’re all very similar: they’re clean, they’re fancy, but not totally radical and changed. (Montgomery’s style) may change a lot of the shows to come; how they’re going to be run and how the winners are going to be projected. He’s on the forefront of how things are going to be done.

“Whether it’s a big or small project, we really like getting on-board because we build unique stuff and take our limits right to the end. So it’s kind of a challenge for us as well.”

But it’s not just the truck’s exterior that makes it so unique. Half of the truck was built outside in the winter, in a notorious Snowbelt town just north of Toronto.

“Half of the truck was built in the snow; up in Orangeville, in my driveway, in the snow,” Montgomery says.

“It was funny, we had a wood stove in the little shop that I had, and we could only get half the truck in. So we’d work on the front of it, kind of pull it out with a buddy of mine’s tow truck, swing it around, put the back in, close everything up in the shop, kind of put boards up, try to keep as warm as we could.”

The truck took six weeks from start to finish and made its first appearance at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. But the truck isn’t just for show. Montgomery plans on keeping the truck as his own and using it to run freight.

In the past, he’s built trucks that look cool, but weren’t highway-friendly.

“There’s no fun in that. Going in and driving someplace or just driving on the road (with a tricked out truck) is what makes this fun.”

And while he realizes his style of customizing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, his trucks certainly get people talking.

“This (truck) is one of the finest pieces of advertising you can get. When you’re running down the road people are always wanting to talk to you, so you just advertise and advertise and advertise,” he says.

“People may love it or they may hate it, but they still talk about my truck.”

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