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2005 Chevrolet Colorado - Severado

Custom to the Core

Chad Lucas
Jul 1, 2006
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Photo 2/9   |   Owner: Kurt ForqueranRide: '05 Chevrolet ColoradoLocation: Phoenix, AZClub Affiliation: Severed Ties
If you ever wondered what one of the original members of Severed Ties would roll, here you have it. Kurt Forqueran, owner of Auto Core in Phoenix, AZ, has been a part of Severed Ties since '93. Having built plenty of customs in the past, including his mini-truck-inspired Civic, a '60 Caddy, and his Pontiac Sunfire '04 SEMA project, his next task should have been no problem.
Grabbing a '05 Chevy Colorado as a canvas for his custom ambitions and with SEMA only two months away, Kurt and the Auto Core posse were gonna have to get slammin'. The first month consisted of three shaved door handles, a ragtop install, and a gutted interior. Let me tell you what. It was looking pretty good driving the streets of Phoenix as Kurt was using it for his daily driver. As safety is Kurt's first priority, there was one bolt holding in the driver's seat.
Month two would come to be the month of thunder and sleepless nights. Kurt tested employee loyalty and friendships with what would seem like the longest month in the world. With SEMA inching closer and closer Autocore would manage the near impossible. Final bodywork, the hand-built frame, stereo, interior, and paint were all completed the night before their SEMA departure.
Since the last grains of sand were falling down the hourglass, final preparations were being dialed in. A couple friends were helping with the impossible task and reinstalled the chrome differential cover sans oil. While Kurt pimped his fresh ride down to pick up his tonneau cover from paint, the furthest he would make it is two blocks before the rearend flexed its might and ceased to move.
With hours until departure, Kurt called Nate at Arizona Differential. Nate, not being used to that 3 a.m. call, woke up and headed down to the shop while Kurt applied WD-40 to his tires to drag the Colorado onto a flatbed. By 8 a.m. the 'Rado was back on the road. With no time to go across town to grab the trailer to make the "trailer queen" label official, Kurt decided the truck was riding so nice that he just kept driving to Vegas for SEMA.
the lowdown
Photo 3/9   |   Front Passengers Side Wheel
Wheels: 22x9.5-inch Rozzi Peel
Tires: 255/30ZR22 Hankook
Photo 4/9   |   Rear View Without Bed
Suspension type: air
Rear suspension: triangulated four-link with airbags cantilevered halfway up bars
Airbag type and size: Firestone 2500
Control arms: Autocore chrome tubular upper control arms
Spindles/springs: 3-inch McGaughy's full-size Chevy drop spindles
Shocks: Doetsch Tech shocks painted Tru Blue
Valves: 10 E Air Valve 1/2-inch 250-psi air valves (2 for the lift bed, 8 for suspension)
Compressors: two Air Zeniths
Air line: hard line
Frame mods: frame custom built from front clip back
Frame material: 2x3-inch tubing, 1/4-inch wall mandrel bent by Art Morrison and narrowed in the rear 6 inches
Gas tank: custom-made 12-gallon fuel cell by Mouse at Autocore
Brakes: 14-inch Baer brakes with 2-piston calipers on all four wheels, Baer manual proportioning valve with steel braided lines, direct bolt-in hydro boost brake booster and late-model Camaro master cylinder, conversion by Bob at Power Brake Service
Detail work: all undercarriage powdercoated or chromed; powdercoated Tru Blue Pearl by Greg at Affordable Powdercoat with all chrome by Mike at Kerr West Plating
Misc: bed lifts off via 10-inch cylinders in the rear and 14-inchers in the rear, Baer brakes, Baer tracker steering rod ends
Performed by: Autocore
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Shaved: door handles, gas door, and tailgate handle
Body dropped: 3 inch
Back end: Autocore roll pan
Exterior bolt-ons: Autocore skull and crossbones billet grill, Street Scene sport mirrors, Snugtop tonneau cover
Misc: Molded third brake light, Inalfa power sliding rag top, bed floor raised 7 inches with front angled up to clear woofers.
Performed by: Autocore
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Photo 5/9   |   Front Passengers Side View
Brand and colors: House of Kolor Tru Blue
Style: darker blue graphic on side of truck
Misc: bed lined by The Squirt Shop
Performed by: Lucky Luciano Paint
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Photo 6/9   |   Custom Interior Seats
Seats: stock cover with Katzkins
Material: Ice gray leather with black everglade inserts (gator)
Dash: painted
Door panels: sculpted, smoothed, and painted with everglade door panel inserts by Tod at The Interior Shop
Center console: custom made, sculpted and painted
Misc: all panels smoothed and painted House of Kolor Tru Blu, Razo VIP billet pedals, Billet Accessories Direct Toxic billet steering wheel, and Plasma glow-blue LEDs
Performed by: Todd Jubert of The Interior Shop, JJ Snapt (door panels and center console)
City/State: Phoenix, AZ
Photo 7/9   |   Drivers Side Door Panel
Head unit: Kenwood ddx8017 Excelon touch screen
Mids & highs: Six 6.2-inch Orion mids and 6 tweeters
Amplifier for mids & highs: Orion 8004 four channel
Subwoofers: four p10d4 10-inch woofersAmplifier for subwoofers: Orion 2500d mono block
Video: four Directed 7-inch screens in headrests and one Directed 15-inch screen in-dash in front of passenger
Custom fabrication: fiberglass sub enclosure that extends under bed
Misc: two Kinetic 1800 cca batteries, Spal door solenoids and remote
Performed by: Adam at Big Time
City/state: Phoenix, AZ
Photo 8/9   |   Engine Compartment
Intake: Chrome intake
Header/exhaust: 2-1/2-inch exhaust with stainless muffler by Luke at Mighty Muffler
Rearend: narrowed 7 inches with 9-inch Ford axle flanges by Nate at Arizona Differential
Detail work: painted intake manifold and valve cover
Photo 9/9   |   Custom Interior View
Snugtop, E Air Valves, Air Zenith, Severed Ties, Rozzi, Hankook, Orion Directed, Spal Kinetic, Kenwood, Katzkin, JJ Snapt, BAD, RAZO, House of Kolor, Inalfa, Lucky Luciano, Little Mike, Mouse, Big Time, Baer, Luke from Mighty Muffler, Nate from Arizona Differential, and Bob Power Brake Services