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2001 Chevy Silverado - Back To The Basics

Simplicity Is The Key To Success

Dan Ward
Sep 1, 2006
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/2   |   2001 Chevy Silverado side View
Simple and clean are terms we use all the time around the office when building daily drivers; however, sick and crazy are typical terms we use when describing show trucks. This is one of the many reasons we liked this 2001 Chevy Silverado owned by Matthew Patton of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because it's a show truck and is very simple and very clean. Finishing the truck at the ripe old age of 19, Matthew says it's hard to believe the truck has come as far as it has in such a short time. Honestly, we're kind of baffled as well because our trucks weren't nearly this nice when we were in our teens.
Starting with a 2001 Chevy Extended Cab, Matt did things the unconventional way and did the paint and body on the truck first, a lesson he now admits created challenges later on in the build. Teaming with Fisher's Automotive in Baton Rouge, Matt shaved the taillights, tailgate handle, third brake light, and side steps and added Corvette door handles. The biggest addition to the body occurred on the front end, where Matt added new fenders, hood, headlights, grille, and bumper from a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. Out back, the rear roll pan was molded into place and triple-color 16-inch LED light strips were added. With the body nice and straight, Matt delivered the truck to Dusty Deloune of Baton Rouge for some pigment revitalization. Filling his spray gun with PPG dark green and old-school flake, Dusty applied the paint hues to the body, giving the truck a whole new look. When the sun hits the paint just right, the flake jumps off the exterior and the truck lights up.
Moving to the interior, Matt covered the seats with sandstone and dark green Katzkin leather seat covers. The dash was removed, smoothed, and painted to match, along with the center console and door panel accents. Whiteface Escalade gauges were installed in the dash cluster and a triple A-pillar pod houses the air gauges. Providing the audio/video for the truck is a Kenwood in-dash DVD player with navigation, Pioneer Premier mids and highs, and two Pioneer 12-inch subs under the back seat. Powering the system are two Rockford Fosgate amplifiers and a yellow-top Optima battery in the bed. Mike's Audio and Matt performed the audio work.
Pop the hood and you'll find a clean engine bay that means all business. The 4.8L is equipped with a cone-style air filter, Flowmaster 40-series mufflers, and an Escalade 6.0L manifold cover. DIB Customs built inner fenders for the truck that will house 24-inch wheels, and Travis Toddo applied his smooth hand in the form of silver pinstriping on each side.
With everything looking great, Matt now wanted the truck to lay on the ground and in order to appease his desires, an airbag suspension was ordered and shipped to his driveway. Up front, Matt bolted on a set of Air Ride Technologies Strong Arms, McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles, and set of Slam Specialties airbags. Out back, a KP Components four-link with Airlift 'bags dumps the rear and an 8-1/2-gallon air tank, 3/8-inch stainless hardlines, and 3/8-inch SMC valves keep everything lifting and lowering on demand. A 9-inch Suicide Doors C-notch inserted by Dave Jones keeps clearance in the rear to a maximum. Filling each fender are the finest billet wheels offered by Intro. Twenty-two inch Pentia 6 billet hoops are wrapped in 265/35R22 Nitto 420S tires in the front and 24x10-inch Penita 6 billet wheels are shod in 295/35R24 out back. Baer Aluma Sport 14-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotors stop the front and rear with equal ferocity.
The final work is one of art with no graphics, no flames, just a clean paint job, multiple body mods, and huge 24s in the back. Matt wrote that people kept telling him he was wasting his money but he just ignored the criticism and work hard to build the truck of his dreams. Thanks, Matt. Your truck is just what our magazine needed.
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