Custom 2005 Chevrolet Silverado - On Fire!

One Man, Many Customs

Kevin Whipps
Jul 1, 2007
Photographers: Kevin Whipps
If the name John Melvin sounds familiar, it's because you may have seen his work before. Just a few months back, John's '03 Silverado SS was on the cover of Sport Truck doing a big-fat, roasty burnout. At the time, John had towed the SS to the shoot with a 500-plus-hp Crew Cab dualie diesel, and he had even brought out his latest project, an '05 Silverado 1/2-ton Crew Cab. Back then, the truck had a black interior and a new paintjob, but it was just missing a little bit of interior detail and it would be done. "I'll get the seats done and call you," John would say, and he kept true to his word.
Photo 5/8   |   ...he went the extra mile and airbrushed all of the plastic pieces under the hood silver with a rusted rivet look...
Over the next few months, word of John's truck kept leaking out. The dualie was traded in for an '06 Duramax HD Crew Cab with a tan interior. That truck was going to be John's work truck, and he felt that the tan interior wouldn't last very long. Now he had two Crew Cabs and two different interior colors, so he decided to make the swap and give his orange Crew a little classier look. After he called to say his Katzkin kit was on order, a photo shoot was lined up and things seemed to be moving forward.
Another call came. "Hey, I got a supercharger. I'm going to put it on and get it all handled, then we'll shoot it." Nothing is simple, though, for John. Instead of just slapping the Vortech supercharger in the truck, he went the extra mile and airbrushed all of the plastic pieces under the hood silver with a rusted rivet look to match the iron cross on the hood. Everywhere from the valve covers on up was painted by John at his shop, JM Custom Concepts in Laveen, Arizona. Then, the whole kit, painted up and pretty, was expertly installed by Kevin and Scott at Bartling Motorsports in Queen Creek, Arizona.
It may have taken some time, but in the end, John put out yet another high-quality ride. He tells us that he plans on keeping this one for a bit, and yes, he still has the SS, but there are two more trucks in his fleet that just might be a little too stock for John's taste. Stay tuned.
The 411

John Melvin / Queen Creek, Arizona

'05 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

5.3L LS1 small-block / 4L60E transmission / Vortech supercharger with custom-smoothed and painted plastics / MSD Ignition wires / JBA headers / Airaid intake / JM Custom Concepts dual Flowmaster cat-back exhaust / the transmission has a Level 10 stall converter and shift solenoid
By: John at JM Custom Concepts / Scott and Kevin at Bartling Motorsports

Front & Rear: 22-Inch American Racing RT-S 611

Front & Rear: 305/45R22 NITTO NT420

Front: 1-inch Belltech drop coil springs
Rear: 3-inch Belltech rear leaf springs
By: John Melvin at JM Custom Concepts / Kevin and Scott at Bartling Motorsports

Body Mods:
Shaved taillights / '59 Cadillac taillights frenched into the custom roll pan / shaved fuel-filler door finger-access hole / billet fuel-filler door / Cadillac Escalade door handles
By: JM Custom Concepts

Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl basecoat with Rubber Seal clearcoat
By: John at JM Custom Concepts / the iron cross on the hood, as well as the true flames that adorn the truck, were sprayed by Al Wilkie at Al's Wicked Pinstriping in Apache Junction, Arizona

Interior color swap to stock Chevrolet tan / color-matched bezels, door pieces, and dash components / the seats were redone with Katzkin seat covers in orange and tan leather / silver-face gauges replace the stock pieces
By: JM Custom Concepts

Kenwood head unit / Rockford Fosgate Power T4004 and T5002 amps / three Infinity 8-inch subs are mounted behind the rear seats / Infinity mids and highs are scattered throughout the truck
By: JM Custom Concepts


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