1995 Chevy Tahoe - Reflector Collector - Truckin' Cover Feature
A Daily Dragger With Style And Class
These days many show trucks are built so radical that when it is time to head to a show, they are loaded up on trailers and hauled between the garage and the showgrounds. When these trucks are not being towed down the highway or constantly cleaned at an event, they spend their down-time in garages under car covers. For enthusiasts who just want to earn trophies for their efforts and cannot bear the thought of rock chips and road rash, this is the only way to go. However, there are still a great number of custom truck enthusiasts out there who believe in hopping in their 'bagged and body-dropped fullsize or mini, sprayed with wild graphics, and driving it to the shows and on a daily basis. After all, nothing can beat the countless thumbs-up and nods of appreciation a show-truck owner receives while he or she cruises their prized possession from stoplight to stoplight on their daily commute. Sure, there are inherent risks involved, such as the possibility of fender benders, parking lot door dings, and rock chips from big rigs and road debris. But the thrill of hitting switches daily and watching jaws drop as the frame or body hits the pavement and begins the sparking process is well worth these annoyances.
Alec Boring from Moultrie, Georgia, is a believer in building show vehicles that can be 'railed daily. He proves his point day in and day out by cranking over the ignition in his 'bagged and body-dropped '95 Chevy Tahoe and cruising it to school every morning. After spending the past two years building this rocker-crushing SUV and driving it daily through every stage of construction, Alec is ready to cruise this two-tone black and orange beast. He never hesitates to tap on the switches and let others know this sport utility was built to drag daily.
In order to get the underbelly of the Tahoe better acquainted with the Georgia ground floor, Hack Shack of North Carolina was contacted to equip the chassis with a complete airbag suspension system. The crew at Hack Shack built a custom tube chassis from the firewall back using 2x3-inch steel tubing, giving the Tahoe a stock floor body drop once the air springs were put into position. Up front, Firestone 2600 airbags and Belltech drop spindles were used to get the body and framerails hugging the asphalt. Moving to the rear, a custom triangulated four-link was used to increase suspension travel and improve ride characteristics, while Firestone 2600 airbags were put into place to put the roll pan closer to the tarmac. Plumbing the suspension was handled by 3/8-inch Air Ride Technologies Ride-Pro valves and 3/8-inch air lines feeding air supply to the Firestone 2600 air bellows. To ensure a snug fit of the 20x9.5-inch rear rims and rubber, a Chevy 12-bolt posi rearend was acquired and narrowed 7 inches to stuff up under the Tahoe. Fuel for the mild 350ci V-8 is drained from a 10-gallon Summit fuel cell. Setting off the drastic drop, Alec chose 20x8-inch front and 20x9.5-inch rear Eagle 221 billet wheels wrapped in P255/35ZR20 Kumho rubber. While this four-door people-hauler's stance is certainly impressive, it's real visual appeal lies in the numerous custom body modifications and trick two-tone paint scheme adorning the exterior.
Within the custom truck scene, a paintjob can make or break a truck. Go too wild with tons of colors and designs, and you risk making your ride look gaudy. Toss on a single color, and you risk your ride going unnoticed. The way a particular paint scheme is executed usually determines whether it will be accepted or rejected by the custom truck public. For the outer skin of Reflector Collector, Alec desired something smooth and simple that would give the ride a street-rod appearance and complement the body alterations. Before the off-the-hook two-tone was sprayed, Rocky Weldon of Moultrie, Georgia, shaved the door handles, roof rack, gas filler, factory taillights, and rear door handle to create an ultra-smooth backdrop for the House of Kolor blend. A Sir Michaels steel roll pan was welded seamlessly into the tail-end region, while Cadillac taillights now provide stop and turn indications to close followers on the road. After the body was smoothed of all the unnecessary factory annoyances, and the metal was straight as an arrow. Alec commissioned his uncle, Scott Whidby, also of Moultrie, to whip up an eye-appealing two-tone paintjob.
Scott coated the top half of his Tahoe with House of Kolor Black and hit the body below the beltline with House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl. Completing the exterior in style is a TRENZ 30-bar billet grille insert in a GMC shell and a smoothed front bumper. The intense combination was color-sanded and rubbed to a brilliant shine, and all that was left to finish off this sensational daily driver was to fill the cabin with some custom threads and tunes.
Inside the confines of Reflector Collector, Alec assembled a kick-tail audio system to accompany him and his friends on the way to several shows during the blistering summer months. At the helm of this system is a Pioneer 9300 head unit sending audio signals to a Rockford Fosgate Power 800 amplifier, which delivers power to two 15-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers, mounted in a ported subwoofer enclosure near the rear barn doors. Pioneer 6.5-inch mids and highs break up all the bass in the system, while Stinger wiring supplies the juice to all the components. A PlayStation 2 system was also installed with a 7-inch console-mounted LCD monitor for visual entertainment. To give the inner realm of Reflector Collector some fabric styling and street-rod flavor, the seats were treated to a combination of black Katzkin leather with ostrich-skin inserts. Fresh black carpet replaced the tired original flooring, and the dash was smoothed and squirted in House of Kolor black and spiced up with a flamed white-face gauge panel. Topping the column is a Billet Specialties Vintec billet steering wheel to help Alec steer in style. A custom center console was fabricated by Alec and painted in black to fit snug between the front seats and house the TV monitor, air pressure gauges, and paddle switches. Kyle Boring is responsible for creating the show-quality interior present on this rocker-pounding sport utility.
Alec Boring's 'bagged and body-dropped four-door people hauler is a clean and street rod-styled SUV that he isn't afraid to put through the paces on a daily basis, proving that killer rides should be driven and enjoyed. Sure, it might get a bit more road rash than the low-mileage trailer queens out there, but the smile on Alec's face when he hammers on the switches and puts on a spark show is well worth the sacrifice. Alec would like to thank Kyle Boring, Ashley Jacobs, Justin Ricks, Scott Whidby, Eric Powell, and his father for all the help and support while the project was underway. This ride, save for the suspension and stock floor body drop, was built at home with hard work and determination, showing that with persistence and creativity, anything is possible.