2004 Chevy Crew Cab 2500 HD - Royal Flush
An Impossible Hand To Beat
As is standard affair within our truck-customizing realm, picking just the right features and products is usually an arduous task. Quite frankly, we live for it and wouldn't trade in our "problem" for anything else in the world, but after shooting this month's cover truck and boat, it dawned on us: What kind of freaky dreams would appear if we had to build a pair of vehicles, leaving no stone unturned, and still make both vehicles look right? Shivers a plenty creep up and down our spines with those frightful desires. Now make one vehicle yours and one a friends...the drama ensues.
While kicking around some ideas about a matching truck and boat combo, friends Stephen Chubbuck and Tom Agerstig amassed themselves quite a few napkin drawings depicting their collective thoughts. The local polished brass pole establishment is still billing them for depleting its inventory. What the duo came up with was then added onto by a grouping of aftermarket heavy hitters, and we have been drooling ever since we viewed the mostly finished project at the '05 Los Angeles Boat Show.
Stephen Chubbuck, owner of Accessory House in Montclair, California, rolls in the big rig '04 Chevy Crew Cab HD 2500. Before you have to figure it out on your own, it's a two-wheel drive. Stephen knows his grit when it comes to lifted trucks, and he wasted no time nabbing a CST Performance Suspension lift kit. For an increase in nose height, a 9-inch drop cage, 2-inch torsion adjusters, and 4-inch spindles combine for a 15-inch lift. Getting the Bow Tie's derriere to match the front's import-clearing stance are Deaver 13-inch lift springs boosted by 2-inch blocks. CST's massive lift makes it all too easy to clear the 40x15.50-22 Toyo Mud Terrains. Stephen opted for dual King shocks with reservoirs to dampen each corner's suspension action. Ten wheels were needed to fit the bill for this tag-team, and Stephen turned to Tom for inspiration. While mulling it over during some playtime at the fabulous Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Tom found the answer in front of him, and it was Aces high. Back at home, MC Motorsports in Ontario, California, signed on to create the one-off wheels from billet blanks of aluminum stock. On the face of each of the truck's 22x11-inch wheels, MC Motorsports CNC cut and etched the Jack and Ace of Spades into the anodized face, while added dimension from the Spade's formal format was milled from six equal portions of the wheels as well. Full Scale Motorsports in Riverside, California, fabricated traction bars matched to the spaded theme.
With so much rubber to roll around, performance and towing capabilities hit the skids. With a 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel under the hood, upgrades came with ease. Starting with the simple stuff, an RBP stage-one intake and exhaust package found its new home on the diesel mill. A cherry-topping Edge Products' Juice and Attitude combine for a Corvette-crippling boost in power. With the chip selected for maximum burn, towing can be done at "I swear I didn't know I was going that fast officer!" speeds. Mag-Hytec differential and transmission covers try to keep the precious fluids cooled at full afterburner.
Height not withstanding, attention is drawn to the Crew Cab by the painstakingly detailed flame motif. Alberto at One Extreme laid fire licks down over the black abyss coloring and tapered the heat off the tail end of the bed in a shimmering sunset-like hue collection. Quaint and sinister mix smoothly until the eye sees the souls of the damned screaming within the flames. A large bandana-equipped skull parades his nightmare upon the hood, while a boney jester collects his Ace and Joker of Spades on the tailgate. Eye catching? You bet. Try not to stare. Added visualizations stem from the use of chrome Grippin' Billet door handles and a one-piece polished stainless grille. Piercing the black night are three Pro Comp auxiliary lights mounted firmly to a front lightbar/brushguard unit. For inseam-challenged people, Amp Research Power Steps capacitate ingress and egress.
A delight to the senses lurks behind the closed doors of Stephen's Crew. Radioactive of Ontario, California, rolled the dice on the table and came up with twelve the hard way. Cha-ching! For starters, a sea of charcoal Cordoba suede smothers the interior. The finely trimmed knap lays diligently over the headliner, the sun visors, the A-, B-, and C-pillars, the custom kick panels, the custom subwoofer/back wall enclosure, the under-seat amp rack, the door panel inserts, and last but not least, the factory leather seats. Creature comforts aside, this Chevy is an entertainment hall on wheels. Radioactive tossed every inch of the OE audio equipment and started with an Eclipse AVN5435 6-1/2-inch touchscreen multi-source head unit. From there, sounds get boosted through Rockford Fosgate amplifiers and capacitors before kicking out the jams through Rockford Fosgate speakers. A Power T10001bd amp and two CPCD10-03 1-farad capacitors pump the bass from three Punch P310D4 10-inch subwoofers. Two pairs of Power T152S 5-1/4-inch component sets, filling the front and rear doors, and one set of Power T162S 6-1/2-inch component series speakers in the fiberglass kick panels, are fed from a Power T8004 signal pumper. As for the other five monitors, both sun visors were extensively worked to house Valor VH-600WSD 6-inch widescreen monitors. An additional Valor RM-1540 15-inch widescreen hangs from the ceiling for rear-seat viewing, and the last two monitors are Visualogic A2000 9-inch monitors located in the headrests. The truck seats five, but six TVs are on hand to fill all available retinas with viewing magic. Nu Image gauges and flamed billet pedals carry the external theme inside, as does the painted dash cover.
Tom Agerstig's half of the equation is the insane '05 Dana 27 Offshore. While mostly painted to match Stephen's truck, Tom's 27 was given a heavier graphic attack while in the care of One Extreme. The sunset and fire spread still apply, as do the screaming skulls and jesters, but a more sinister dimension was added to the depths of the colored strokes. Smoky reapers ride demonic horses through the dark corners of the deep-black and flamed-licked hull, while another reaper rides tall on the bow, angrily looming over the forward progress of the boat's eerie path with his blood-soaked scythe. Chains carried down both sides of the fast-riding hull lend a barbaric hint to the already detailed landscape. Up top on the deck, a large face seems to appear angrily from the shadows. One Extreme added additional cracked and decaying skulls to the dashboard, gunnels, and engine valve covers. A soggy nightmare from which there is no escape.
Speaking of engines, this Dana is locked and loaded. Protruding through the hydraulically lifted hatch is just a hint of the ponies waiting underneath. Operating the Dana Marine Products' scissor hinges reveals a hardcore horsepower dinner. Dripping with chrome, polish, and paint, a GT Performance-built big-block Chevy is equipped for speed. Displacing 582 ci, the engine would be stout on its own, but stout just wouldn't cut it with Tom's need for water-infested speed. On top of the engine, perched neatly, is a Mooneyham 14-71 blower pushing fuel and air through a Superchiller. That fuel and air is first mixed by a pair of 1050 Dominator carbs. Dynos don't lie, and this rocks the numbers to the tune of 900 hp, even with the Gibson mufflers. Propulsion for the big Offshore is provided by a GT Performance-enhanced Bravo XR drive fitted with a drive shower and spinning a four-blade 28 Bravo One prop. Steering the beast is an IMCO dual ram steering; Dana HP 1000 trim tabs make every attempt to keep it in the water. Top speed is near the century mark. Just remember to hang on when the throttle is mashed to meet its stop.
Inside the boat, where lucky passengers get to reside, Poker Run-style seats from Designer Marine in Corona, California, hug tightly so as not to lose anyone. Of course, Tom couldn't let Stephen have all the fun with his sound system, so Radioactive put together one sweet on-water Rockford Fosgate concert hall. An RFX9220M head unit electrifies signal processing to two amplifiers. One Power T2001bd pushes low frequencies through two Power T212D2 12-inch subs mounted in the forward cabin, and a Power T8004 tunes four sets of 6x9s spread about the cockpit and cabin. Tom controls the menagerie from his post at the helm with a remote-wired RFXMR1 control unit. Three Optima BlueTop marine deep-cycle batteries keep the power coming so the party can keep jamming. Filling in the blanks for playful pieces like cup holders, gauge bezels, trim, vents, and hardware are Dana Marine Products fusion-coated aluminum parts.
The whole kit and caboodle rides atop an Extreme triple-axle trailer stuffed to the brim with all the bells and whistles. Tom and Stephen aren't taking any chances when they tow. Nine 15-inch stainless trimmed LED lights let the idiots on the road know what the combo is doing, and if one of those idiots is doing something, well...idiotic...Tom and Stephen can rest assured all would be well. With triple torsion axles and disc brakes at all six wheels, this Extreme trailer tracks true. Remember the incredibly detailed wheels on the truck? MC Motorsports fit six more on the boat trailer, albeit in a slightly smaller size. Twenty-inch Palms Casino-inspired wheels rolling with 265/50R20 Toyo Proxes S/T tires hide under fully polished stainless fenders.
Is this a package you think you might be able to handle? With so many qualified local resources at their disposal, Stephen and Tom have put together one sweet puzzle. A little birdie says that a new truck and boat package capable of shaming this one is in the works by the deadly duo. We can't wait! Stephen and Tom are quick to thank their supporters: California SuperTrucks, Radioactive, Rolling Big Power, MC Motorsports, Toyo Tires, Full Scale Motorsports, Dana Marine Products, One Extreme, Designer Marine, and Extreme Trailer. Of course, don't forget the inspiration for Tom's ideas, the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. If only we could have "problems" like these two have. Lady Luck is smiling on them because they are carrying all the cards, and it looks like it's going to be a Royal Flush.