2005 Chevy Colorado - On the Level
James Cranford's `05 Chevrolet Colorado caught our eye--twice. The second time, a staffer saw it at a tiny show. The Colorado triggered a sense of relief. It was a bright spot in a show that had offered very few feature opportunities. This was followed by dismay, once he realized the truck was already in the can. Luckily, though, it was our can, as another Truckin' editor had photographed the Colorado at Gator Drag. That was a good move. Why? Because this is a cool truck.
We like the paintjob on this Colorado; specifically the bold, two-toned PPG colors of Peacock Red and black graphics, which are broken up a bit by a flash of silver along the beltline and a diamond-plate design on the hood. The black, diamond-plate-styled crosshatch pattern runs atop the cowl on the hood and is split by a silver-spike graphic spruced up by yellow pinstripes. Pretty
cool. The grille is painted black and brightened by a shiny billet Bow Tie. The rear was customized with a roll pan and two LED brake lights were worked into the tailgate skin. The rest of the body was shaved smooth, thanks to the lopping off of the third brake light, door handles, tailgate handle, and factory taillights. The tailgate was welded to the body and sport mirrors replaced the stock versions. The bed and tubs under the hood were sprayed with red bedliner.
The inside of the truck matches the exterior well. Just about everything inside the cab was touched. The dash was sanded smooth and painted to match the red body color, with a bit of black around the instrument cluster and around the A/C setup, the Kenwood DVD head unit, and the monitor in the center of the dash. (Black-painted--and real--diamond plating shields the passenger side of the dash). The center console was re-fabbed with fiberglass to accommodate a large LCD, four gauges, and switches for the air ride system. The red, shiny surfaces were studded by Memphis Audio component speakers and crossovers for those drivers. Billet Specialties punctuates the red and black interior with a silvery billet steering wheel. Red carpet lines the floor, while the headliner retains the factory flavor. Behind the black leather seats lie four subwoofers, two amplifiers, and a capacitor--all from Memphis Audio--arrayed in a clean presentation in and above a red fiberglass enclosure.
The engine compartment is a haven for a species that is rare on this truck: stock parts. The only aftermarket upgrades here are the replacement of the air intake system with one from K&N, the removal of the battery and installation of one from Optima under the truck's bed. Interestingly, a tubular crossmember surrounds the engine, in what looks like a cage, then connects the framerails to each other to provide more structural support for the chassis. Diamond-plate highlights a couple of engine components. There's not a whole lot to talk about here, so we'll segue to the lack of ground clearance underneath the truck. The Colorado is `bagged, with the attendant C-notch in the frame and Shockwave airbags, and body-dropped with a stock floor under the cab and a raised floor in the bed. A parallel four-link setup from Suicidedoors.com helps to control the rear suspension.
All in all, the truck lays out nicely. A set of 20-inch Bonspeed Crokus billet wheels and 245/35R20 Hankook tires roll underneath this Chevy. The factory gas tank was banished, its duties have been taken over by a fuel cell.
House of Hack in Silverhill, Alabama, did the work on this truck. The guys involved include Andrew and Randy, who worked on the body and laid down the paints. Andrew and another fellow, Matt, wrenched and welded on the suspension. James had built another custom vehicle, an `02 Tahoe, and was raring to go on another one. But life--an engagement, actually--dictated that he reassessed his priorities, and forced him to set aside plans to slice and dice a pickup. That's not to say he was prepared to drive a stock truck.
Oh, no. So, he decided to look around for one that was already driving down Aftermarket Road. Enter this Colorado, which was 95-percent finished. All James had to do was paint the front and rear door panels and start cruising. A nice buy.