2004 Chevy Avalanche - Custom Inside And Out
Auto Toyz Calling Card
When we stumbled upon Kevin Zabiegala's '04 Avalanche, we knew right away it was destined for the pages of Truckin'. The chassis, engine bay, interior, and of course, the paint and body had all been subjected to hours of attention to get every detail correct. But, when you own your own custom shop, and your calling card is seen by show goers-and hopefully magazine readers across the country-you have to do things right.
Auto Toyz Kustomz in Tomball, Texas, had their work cut out for them when they began the work on the Avalanche's suspension. You'd be hard pressed to find a foot of the chassis that hadn't been massaged to get just the right stance. The entire back half of the frame was fabricated to hold the 4-inch narrowed rear end, two-link, and custom 30-gallon fuel cell. The front of the chassis was also labor intensive, as Auto Toyz custom-fabricated upper and lower control arms to mount the stock spindles. Everything in-between was reinforced with 2x3-inch box tubing so that the remainder of the stock frame could be cut out for the stock-floor body-drop. Now, the running boards lay flat on the blacktop. To get a solid ride and an easily adjustable ride height, Slam Specialties RE7 'bags were mounted onto all four corners and plumbed with GC450 valves. KYB shocks were also placed at each corner and help the airbags dampen jolts to the running gear. The most visually appealing portions of the suspension are the 26x10-inch DUB Esinem Floaters and 305/35R26 Pirelli P-Zeros, especially when a quarter of the wheel's lip gets swallowed when the Avalanche bottoms out on the pavement.
Arrival Blue Metallic and Orion Silver Metallic were the colors of choice, with Sunset Orange and plenty of detailed airbrushing splitting the two shades. The airbrushing deserves a close inspection, as skulls on the passenger side gradually gain features until it becomes a Predator on the tailgate. On the driver side, the alien features fade away to reveal a woman's face. The details are amazing. Of course, all of that paint and airbrush work shouldn't be broken up, so the door handles were shaved and the plastic C-pillar trim was smoothed to receive paint. Aside from the paint, an HID headlight conversion and billet grille added to the high-end style of the truck.
Under the hood, the Arrival Blue Metallic was sprayed over the new inner wheelwells, engine cover, fan shroud, and fuse box. The fuse box, along with most of the underhood electronics and battery, were relocated to make room for the 26-inch wheels. Aside from the paint, the 5.3L V-8 benefits from a K&N intake and a Superchips programmer, while the rest of the drivetrain is stock, until you get to the shortened rear end. Moser axles make up for the reduced width and allow for the 10-inch wide rear wheels to tuck into the fenders.
Auto Toyz carried the blue from the top half of the Avalanche into the interior with blue suede that was sewn into the seats and wrapped over the dash, factory center console, visors, and sunroof shade. The remainder of the headliner was covered in dark gray suede. Auto Toyz' very own Anthony Mason fabricated a rear center console out of fiberglass to hold four Pioneer 10-inch TS-SW1041D subs and two Crossfire amps, a CFA30HC and a CFA404S, before it too was covered in blue suede. For the mids and highs, each door holds Kicker KS 6.2 component speakers. All of the audio begins at the JVC KW-AVX706 in-dash DVD receiver that also supplies video to four Provision headrest monitors and a 15-inch flip-down.
Kevin's Avalanche had its share of setbacks during its construction, since it did have to take a backseat to other projects at the shop. As a result, the build schedule was set back, but never abandoned. Special thanks go out to the guys at his shop who put in the extra effort to wrap everything up: Anthony, Daniel, Bret, and Keith Leprechaun.