2001 Chevy Silverado - The Awakening
Praise the Lowered
Waking up under the cold, stale lights of a hospital room may have been the last thing that Pat McGonigal wanted to do. For his wife and children, however, it was not only heaven-sent, it was a day they had looked forward to for several long months. For the previous eight weeks, doctors had tried to stay optimistic as Pat lay quietly under the dark fog of an accident-induced coma. None of them were quite sure of how long he would remain in that state, but when his eyes finally began to open, they knew that the worst was behind them. As family members filtered through with smiles and words of love, Pat's brother came with an additional present. Excitedly, he moved a glossy picture of a 'bagged and body-dropped Chevy past the racks of IVs and into the hands of his recovering brother. Pat stared at the image, trying to put the pieces together, and with a slightly perplexed look, he asked, "What is it?" The answer was simple and sincere: "Pat, it's your truck. MIC finished it. It's all done and sitting at SEMA."
Ten months prior, Pat had dropped his '01 Chevy Silverado off at Master Image Customs in Mission Viejo, California, for a complete overhaul. The truck had previously been lowered with a static drop and shaved by Juan and the crew at All Body in his hometown of Bakersfield, but Pat and MIC had lower plans for his truck.
MIC started by performing a stock-floor body drop, which allowed the rockers to sit 3-1/4 inches lower. The next step was to remove the stock spindles and springs up front. A set of Firestone 'bags replaced the springs, and DJM spindles were used to connect the control arms together on each side. Out back, the leaf springs were removed and a KP Components four-link was bolted on. A bridge was welded up above the rear axle, and Firestone 'bags and shocks were mounted to each side. To allow the rear to suck up properly, an MIC 8-inch step notch replaced a portion of the rear framerails, and the bed floor was measured and cut. The 'bags were plumbed using 1/2-inch line through SMC valves and filled via two MIC compressors that were mounted in the bed. A staggered set of 20- and 22-inch Lexani Slate wheels were wrapped in Nitto rubber and bolted onto each corner to finish it off.
To give the truck some added horsepower a trio of performance accessories was installed. The stock intake was removed and replaced with a K&N intake and filter. Below the truck, a custom 3-inch exhaust was bent up and stuffed with Flowmaster mufflers. To improve the engine tune, a Hypertech Power Programmer was hooked up to the OBDII plug and allowed to run its course. To brighten up the engine compartment, a Trenz billet dress-up kit was added along with a little color, thanks to a new Optima battery.
When it came time to spray some paint over the factory gray, the MIC crew went over several different designs. Before the accident, Pat had said that he wanted a skull theme throughout the truck, so when the time came it was decided that skulls would definitely be a component in the paint scheme. Doug of Starside Paint went to work laying out the abstract tri-tone design that encompasses the entire truck. With the help of Steve "Beamer" Beam, white lightning bolts were airbrushed over the House of Kolor Limetime Green and skulls were 'brushed over House of Kolor Tangelo. Both the hood and tonneau cover were masked off and the design was sprayed onto them as well for continuity.
The factory mirrors were removed and a set of Street Scene Cal-Vu mirrors was painted and bolted onto the truck. The nose of the truck was outfitted with an MIC Tiki Tribal grille, clear corners, and HID headlights for improved visibility. Once the exterior was taken care of, all efforts were directed to the interior and bed of the truck.
Eric's Auto Upholstery in Anaheim Hills removed the interior and began stitching up covers that would match the exterior designs. Orange and green vinyl were cut and integrated with gray Enduratek to form the seat covers. A skull and crossbones were stitched into both the driver and passenger seat to continue the theme within the cab. The headliner and sun visors were pulled down and treated to a healthy dose of vinyl as well.
The next step in creating Pat's dream truck was to install a monster stereo. Audio Designs of Placentia removed the rear seat, and a box containing six 12-inch MA Audio subs was stuck in its place. To power the subs, two 3,600-watt MA Audio amps were mounted in the bed within their own enclosure. A set of 2-farad capacitors was wired in line and mounted between the two amps. Controlling the 7,200 watts of power is a Pioneer Mosfet head unit with flip-down face. To finish off the truck, Sound Advice in Mission Viejo wired in a Clifford alarm, which controls the door locks, windows, door poppers, as well as the remote start.
Once the truck was finished, MIC shipped it out to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA show. A few months later, Pat was released from the hospital to be reunited with friends, family, and, of course, his dream truck. With the help of his doctors, family, and sponsors such as MIC, Lexani, and MA Audio, his nightmare of a struggle has slowly become a thing of the past, and now his rehabilitation includes sitting at truck shows and hitting switches.