2002 Chevy 2500 HD - Retirement Fund
Workin' For The Toys
It seems everything we do these days requires cracking open that wallet and pulling out some hard-earned cash. Paying those irritating monthly expenses is hard enough for most, but tossing some extra green toward toys takes things to a whole other level. Del Torrans of Camarillo, California, is a man who loves his toys and who works hard to support them. One part of Del's arsenal of fun is the hot river rig glowing off of these pages. Upon purchasing the '02 Chevy 2500 HD tow vehicle, Del wasted no time making it ramp worthy.
To achieve the requisite stance, Del piloted the HD over to Dean Sears at Sport Trucks by Dean in Moorpark, California. Dean hoisted the Chevy up 6 inches with a RCD suspension lift and planted 17x9-1/2-inch Billet Specialties Titan 8 billet wheels mounted on 37x12.50-17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrains on all four corners. Damping the suspension are Bilstein shocks, while an Airflex rear airbag system stiffens things when the boat is in tow. Once the suspension modifications were complete, a Banks 4-inch exhaust was added to provide increased ventilation for the Duramax diesel; a Transfer Flow 45-gallon fuel tank was added to decrease the number of fuel stops on the way to that favorite aquatic playground.
Now that the stance was cranked up and the performance attributes were in check, the exterior was treated to a mild makeover. Escalade door handles replaced the factory units for a touch of elegance, and Sylvania HID lighting provides clear night vision for those spontaneous late-night outings. The front bumper was cut to clear the 37-inch rubber and was re-chromed for a clean finish. To really kick the river hauler's envelope into high gear, Del delivered it to Vince at Conejo Autobody in Thousand Oaks, California, for a classic, traditional ghost flame paint treatment. Vince masked out the traditional fire and filled in the burning artwork with PPG Black, Blue, and Silver. Once the truck was color-sanded and polished to a brilliant shine, it was carted over to Audio Concepts in Simi Valley, California, for a sampling of ear-blasting electronics.
In order to hammer tunes through the cab, Link Ahlers, Jose Herrera, and the rest of the Audio Concepts crew began with an Alpine IVA-D900 AM/FM CD unit with a 7-inch LCD monitor fitted with XM Satellite Radio. Tunes are delivered from this impressive command center to Diamond Audio HEX S600S 6-1/2-inch component speakers planted in each of the four doors. Bass hits come courtesy of two Diamond Audio 10-inch subwoofers set in a custom box mounted behind the rear seat. Pumping Del's musical selections out with authority is a JL Audio 300-watt four-channel amplifier driving the mids and highs and a JL Audio 500 mono-block amplifier rocking the woofers. A PS2 was thrown in for additional passenger entertainment, while two Vizualogic 7-inch headrest monitors display various movie choices en route to desert playgrounds. The system is electronically plumbed with cables, distribution blocks, terminals, caps, and interconnects by Scosche EFX. For maximum audio performance and to cut out all outside noise disturbances, Audio Concepts lined the doors and floor with Scosche Hyperflex sound-damping material. For a bit of visual spice to go along with the maxed-out audio ensemble, California Automotive Design in Santa Ana, California, lined the dash and doors with some smooth, subtle carbon-fiber inserts.
With the tow-vehicle side of this smash-hit setup complete, Del got working on the boat portion and definitely did not skimp when it came time to open the checkbook. An '05 Conquest 28-foot Cat-style deck boat was the hull of choice to fit Del's lake-cruising needs. We say cruising, but with a 565ci, 1,000hp, Paul Pfaff-built Chevrolet monster between the stringers Del "cruises" at a cheek-rippling 105 mph. The mill is topped with a quad-rotor Whipple supercharger setup and sports a Lunati Pro Series crankshaft; 8.1 CP forged pistons; 4340 Oliver heavy-duty rods; Speed-Pro moly rings; a mechanical roller camshaft; Crane mechanical roller lifters; chrome-moly, heat-treated pushrods; and Crane aluminum rocker arms. A pair of Dart Pro 1 CNC aluminum cylinder heads holds Severe Duty intake and Inconel Extreme Duty exhaust valves and flows spent fuel through custom exhaust and Imco mufflers. Piston-pumping performance is delivered to the water through a Bravo 1 XR ITS drive that spins a Mercury Marine five-blade prop. Blue and gray graphics splash across the white hull, which holds white upholstery trimmed in blue piping. On-water listening enjoyment comes via a full-bore assembly of audio artillery put together by Audio Concepts in Simi Valley. Various musical stylings are fed into a MB Quartz Nautic NR 450 head unit. Creating the ultimate cruising mood is done through four pairs of MB Quartz PCE216 6x5-inch separates, three 10-inch JL Audio 10w3 subwoofers. Powering the jams are three JL Audio amplifiers including two 300-watt four-channel units and one 500-watt mono amplifier. Scosche EFX wiring links all the components together. XM Satellite Radio and three separate marine controllers mounted through the interior provide convenient volume and song selection adjustment. Of course, we think the only volume position is all the way up, but some people like background noise.
Del has crafted one sweet boat and truck combination worthy of turning heads and dropping jaws at the boat ramp. With a rig this sharp, the thumbs-up and nods of custom approval are pretty much a given. Del is quick to thank Dean Sears at Sport Trucks by Dean, Link Ahlers and Jose Herrera and the entire crew at Audio Concepts, and Billet Specialties for its help and support on the project. This setup is by far one of the best retirement funds we have ever laid eyes on.