2004 Chevy Silverado - Uncorrupted
Sanitary, Clean, And Unmolested
Standing on our soap boxes and talking about the revival of clean and meticulously built trucks, one truck started out life based on this philosophy and it continues to prove us right. Built for the '04 SEMA Show and just recently finished, this '04 Chevy Silverado may get lost in a crowd of wild paintjobs, 30-inch wheels, and lambo doors, but it did find itself on this month's cover. Talking to Travis White of Findlay Customs in Henderson, Nevada, he said his goal was to be on the cover of Truckin' and to showcase the high-caliber work his talented crew could pull off. What makes this truck so special is the attention to detail, the clean look inside and out, and our favorite part, the subtlety of driving the truck until the volume is turned up on the head unit.
Travis wanted a truck that wouldn't attract unnecessary attention to himself while driving, yet could arrive at a truck show and still earn the respect of everyone who took the time to check it out. Starting with the suspension, The Custom Shop in Henderson bolted on the Air Ride Technologies front airbags, Belltech lowering spindles, and Air Ride shocks. On went the Baer Eradispeed front and rear brakes and then 22x10-inch Billet Specialties wheels were wrapped in Pirelli 265/35R22 tires. Out back, a C-notch was cut out and welded in and Air Ride Technologies 'bags were bolted on again. The truck now laid low, but it didn't quite have the motivation needed to make it sporty enough. Enter the whine of a blower.
Underneath the hood, the crew at Findlay Customs in Henderson installed a Kenne Bell screw-type supercharger, which forces atmosphere into the 5.3L, while the Borla exhaust system helps to relieve the added pressure. The blower and the added traction supplied by the Air Ride system helped the truck go down the Las Vegas dragstrip at 13.11 seconds. It did that while looking good, too. Billet, paint, and custom hoses were added to the engine compartments for a custom appeal.
Sticking with the clean theme, Super Stripes of Henderson added a genuine OE Chevy SS front grille shell and a front bumper. Then, they shaved the tailgate handle and added a rear roll pan. With the bodywork complete, the team at Super Stripes applied the House of Kolor White, Tangelo Orange, and Passion Purple to the Chevy's body. A SnugTop lid rounds out the mods to the body. Now, Travis was ready to show off what his shop could do.
Opening the doors reveals an interior that you may think is too stock for a cover truck, but you'd be missing dozens of little custom tricks. If you were to pull up next to Travis at a stoplight and look over, you'd see a stock gray dash, with just a little orange paint splashed on it-and that is exactly what Travis wants you to see. Directly under the visible line of sight is where the real custom touches were created. Starting with the dash, a 12-inch monitor was molded into the stock radio and HVAC controls location. The HVAC controls were moved down where the cigarette lighter once called its home. A trick fiberglass center console was built and now houses the Eclipse CD5000 head unit, Audio Control 4.1 sound processor, Ipod connector, and XBOX 360 controller. The XBOX 360 was installed into the passenger-side airbag location and it was covered in gray suede. An '04 Escalade lost its woodgrain steering wheel and the wood was smoothed and painted orange, to match. Master Custom Upholstery in Las Vegas added the gray suede headliner, recovered the seats in gray leather, and wrapped the console in suede, as well. Each door panel received orange suede inserts with gray perforated leather covering them, just so the orange hue appears oh-so-faint.
Speaking of door panels, Jaramy Kaufman of Findlay Customs built custom fiberglass speaker pods that house two JL Audio ZR-650 components. The pair of 1-inch tweeters can be found in the suede-wrapped A-pillars. There is no shortage of bass in this Chevy, thanks to four JL Audio 13W6 subwoofers. You may be wondering how a standard-cab truck has four subs of such a large size. Well, thanks to Jaramy Kaufman's abilities to shape wood and fiberglass, Travis's Chevy now has a through-the-cab sub box that was smoothed and painted white and equipped with purple neon. This box is one of the most creative and quality-sounding we have ever seen and heard.
Powering this aural arsenal are a total of six JL Audio amplifiers in the bed. Four JL Audio 500/1 amps power the subs and two JL Audio 300/2 amps send juice to the components. All of this amplifier glory is housed in-bed, in another awesome enclosure; this one was wrapped in suede with just a little white paint exposed. The voltage is courtesy of four Directed Stinger amps and miles of Stinger cables and connectors, which were all handled by Travis Secor of Findlay Customs. On the edge of the amp enclosure, Jaramy installed a 17-inch Directed monitor with a pair of JL Audi 5-1/4-inch components for the ultimate in tailgating. A Clifford alarm adds remote start, remote air up and down, and extra security.
To be understated can be very powerful when you have nothing to prove. Letting the quality of craftsmanship and materials do the talking for you is a feat many of us aspire to achieve.