2000 Chevy Silverado 400 SS - Dragon Slayer
Run for the Border
Ismael Cardona's 2000 Chevy 400 SS indicates that wild custom trucks have no borders. You see, Ismael is a restaurant owner from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has been building custom cars and trucks for many years. Ismael says the reason he builds custom cars, trucks, and bikes is to expose the art of Mexico. While attending the Audiobahn Spring Break Jam at South Padre Island, Texas, we were attracted to the wild House of Kolor skulls and graphics on his Chevy immediately. How could you miss it?
To achieve the proper lowered stance a DJM 4/6 drop kit was installed. The front suspension was dropped by installing a DJM combination 2-inch drop spindle and shorter coil spring. The rear axle housing was unbolted, then flipped and reinstalled above the leaf spring pack to obtain a 6-inch drop. To dampen the suspension, DJM gas-filled shock absorbers were installed at each corner, creating a comfortable ride. The five-spoke, billet aluminum 22x9-1/2-inch Kaizer Eiffel wheels are wrapped with Toyo P275/35R22 tires.
Under the hood is an unmolested Chevy Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine. The radiator core support and fan shroud received the same exterior wild skull graphics.
The 2000 Silverado has had SS bumpers installed both front and rear. The incredible nightmarish graphics, which feature dragons, skulls, and gargoyles, were the creation of Alberto Vielma Andrade from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Alberto covered the Silverado's entire exterior skin and interior surfaces with House of Kolors red, yellow, and tangerine kandy colors, then proceeded to bury the graphics with multi-coats of clear.
The interior plastic panels, dash, and center console were sanded smooth and then given the nightmare dragons, skulls, and gargoyles paint scheme. The doorjambs also received the goulish evil scheme.
There was no shortchangin' the rock 'n' roll entertainment system. Ismael Cardona installed a Sony X-Plod head unit and JVC CD-player in the dash, replacing the original unit. To power the system, Ismael installed two amps, a Sony X-Plod producing 700 watts and a Kenwood that cranks up 1,000 watts. A 12-inch subwoofer is located in the center console.
The Dragon Slayer will turn heads at any show 'n' shine it rolls into. As your eyes are drawn to the incredible paint scheme, the more evil creatures and abstract images appear. It's definitely a real showstopper, both truck and scooter.