1999 Chevy Silverado - Sick Silverado
A White-On-White Wonder
For some odd reason, white gets dirty. Go figure. A pure color, without any other pigments, and you can see everything on it when it gets contaminated. It is for this very reason, so many custom truck owners stay clear of this color, because of the endless cleanings and constant aggravation associated with white. Imagine our surprise when we opened up an envelope with photos of a white truck, with a white interior, and a white engine bay. We instantly knew this truck's owners, Pete and Dalia Jimenez of Dinuba, California, were dedicated to their truck and keeping it in pristine condition. We arranged the photo shoot, and after meeting at our secret photo location, we were amazed at the detail and care taken to make Soo Sick a super-slick custom.
Grabbing our attention right off the bat was the current model Cadillac Escalade front end conversion and the Trenz billet grille. After talking to Pete, we learned the truck was originally a show truck with the stock '99 Chevy Silverado front end but lacked the flair Pete wanted for his rig. A call was made, the parts ordered, and the truck delivered to Sisco Customs of Visalia, California. There, Pete left his truck with the request to turn his Chevy into a first-class custom. While at Sisco, the truck received the standard shaving, losing the door handles and fuel-filler door, the tailgate was shaved shut, a roll pan was molded, and Hitech Products LED lights were installed in the stock taillight locations. With the bodywork complete, the truck once again went into the paint booth of Brett's Collision Center in Dinuba, and received coats of DuPont White with Blue Pearl. Loving the simplicity and elegance of the White and Blue Pearl, Pete shifted his attention to the interior, where white was still the key color.
Starting small and eventually going all out, Pete began the interior customization by taking the plastic pieces off one at a time and then painting them. Before he knew it, most of the truck's guts were white. Not to be outdone by any imitators, he removed the entire dash and had it smoothed, primed, and painted white. Dave, of Dave's Upholstery in Sanger, California, was recruited to create custom seats, a carpet, and a new leather headliner. After Pete's approval of the renderings, Dave went to work on recovering the seats in white leather with white flame stitching. A new headliner was installed with matching flamed stitching and white carpet was installed to carry out the all-white theme. To offset the white, several billet pieces were added to the interior, including Trenz pedals and a Colorado Customs steering wheel and dash pieces. Creating the tunes for Pete's pure ride are three JL Audio 10-inch subwoofers behind the seats, powered by Rockford Fosgate amps, all of which are controlled by the stock CD player.
Pete was satisfied only long enough to know he wanted his custom to lay out on 20s, and with this goal in mind, the truck was delivered back to Sisco Customs, where an airbag order was placed. Off came the stock suspension and on went Firestone 'bags in both the front and rear, using Parker valves in combination with a huge nitrogen tank and a switch box good for front-to-back and side-to-side action. Finishing off the truck's great looks are a set of Panther Shark 20x9-inch wheels securely wrapped in Falken GRB rubber. With the air out of the 'bags, the truck laid flat and looked killer. Now the only thing left was to dress up the motor.
When it came time to dress up the engine bay, Pete did not give a second thought to what color would be added - white, of course. Popping the hood reveals a bevy of painted goods that are as clean as the day they were painted. An intake cover from a donor Escalade was used to add more Caddy elegance to the truck, and it looks great in gloss white, as do the airbox cover and white wire loom. We didn't think anyone could pull off a completely white truck with such the success that Pete has with his Soo Sick custom. White, white, and more white, a tricky combination that is not to be ignored in the form of this custom truck.