2004 Chevy Silverado - Midwest Mauler

Killing The Fullsize Competition

Dan Ward
Sep 1, 2007
Photographers: Harley Camilleri
Photo 2/9   |   The body-drop allows Ike to air the Chevy down over the 22-inch Martin Bros. chrome wheels.
Challenging himself on his fourth custom-truck build, Council Hill, Oklahoma, resident Ike Ray opted to go full-throttle and not hold anything back. After six short months of tearing the skin off of his knuckles, his '04 Chevy truck was on the ground and looking insane. Like a predator on the prowl, Ike's truck swoops into a show and instantly wreaks havoc on the weak.
Mauling the fullsize competition is easy, thanks to a body-drop that Ike did himself. Taking 3 inches out of the floor allows the Extended Cab to lie low on the asphalt. Ike also performed the suspension work on the Chevy that consists of Slam Specialties RS72 'bags up front, four 1/2-inch SMC valves, a 3/8-inch hard line, an Air Zenith compressor, a 7-gallon tank, and an FBI four-link out back. Twenty-two-inch Martin Bros. M-932C chrome wheels were mounted inside of Falken 265/35R22 tires, courtesy of Hosstyle Wheels. With no air in the 'bags, the fenders easily hide the upper halves of those chrome hoops. Motivating the Chevy is a factory 5.3L V-8 equipped with a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust system.
Photo 3/9   |   Inside the Silverado you'll find a smoothed and painted dash, alligator hides, and an Audiobahn sound system.
Ike opted to take his truck to a paint and body shop, rather than try his hand at painting the truck, as well. Kyle Jones of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was held responsible for removing the taillights, stake pockets, and the tailgate handle. With the body straight and a roll pan and new 13-inch LED taillights in place, Cole Stevens went to work by applying the paint. Cole of Iron Cross Customs, in Tulsa, sprayed on the House of Kolor factory blue, silver, black, and several coats of Kandy blue. Silver tribal graphics separate the two solid tones and real fire flames and skulls can also be found on the Silverado. Now Ike had a great looking truck that laid hard but he still needed a matching interior.
After the dash was pulled and painted, a BAD steering wheel was bolted on and Jody Young recovered the seats in dark alligator leather. A Pioneer head unit sends signals to two 12-inch Audiobahn subs under the rear seat powered by an Audiobahn amp. Ike built the box and wired everything inside the truck, as well.
The truck can be seen cruising around several shows in the Midwest, and if you have a fullsize, you'd better bring your A game-because if not, you might get mauled.



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