2007 Chevy Avalanche - Clownin'
Bustin' Out of Boredom
Most of us watch TV, or raid the fridge when we're bored, but when Insane Kustoms' Justin Veit of Phoenix has free time, he just goes out and builds another cool ride. His vehicles have been featured many times in these pages, but Justin's latest venture, an '07 Chevy Avalanche, isn't quite as over-the-top as most of his builds. Driving this one to and from, the Avalanche was set up for comfort and good looks, while still satiating his wilder appetite. One look at the insane clown airbrushed under the flames, and it becomes apparent that Justin might be suffering from overwork, and not boredom.
Purchased new in the summer, Justin immediately began tearing into the suspension on the Chevy. Rather than `bag the Avalanche, Insane Kustoms in Phoenix ordered a McGaughy's 4/5 lowering kit. Consisting of front drop spindles, front and rear lowering coils with axle relocators, and sway bar ends, the McGaughy's kit was complemented by Rancho RSXL9000 adjustable shocks. To aid in towing, a pair of Firestone helper airbags were installed. A new suspension provided a nice, fresh appearance for the Chevy. Justin finished off the look with 24x10-inch Giovanna Caracas wheels with Kumho 275/30R24 tires on each corner. He now had himself a clean-looking ride, but it was missing real character.
A trip to Lucky Luciano Custom Paint, which is also in Phoenix, provided the much-needed splashes of color for the Chevy. Lucky applied the House of Kolor Sunset Orange and Black to the Avalanche, with whispy flames going down one side of the hood and down both front fenders to the doors. Inside the flames on the hood lies an upset clown attempting to scream through the heat. New suspension? Check. New wheels and tires? Check. New paint? Check. Now Justin needed an interior to match the added attitude.
Cardenal Car Stereo in Glendale, Arizona, handled the audio/video portion by installing the Rockford Fosgate T400-4 and T2000-1 amps under the rear seat, pushing two Fosgate 12-inch subs, and Rockford Fosgate mids and highs in the doors. Those amps and speakers receive their input from an Eclipse AVN-5510 DVD head unit and are tuned by a Clarion EQS746. The 12-inch flip-down monitor in the headliner provides movies for rear seat passengers. Next, Bell Auto Upholstery in Phoenix, covered the seats in black leather with orange stitching and embroidery. Then, the dash received some Sunset Orange paint on the plastics and Justin also added some ponies to the 5.3L V-8. Under the hood, an Airaid intake was painted orange, as was the fuse panel, and a MagnaFlow exhaust was bolted on for some added rumble. It didn't take much to make his Chevy stand out, but it is a custom ride that kept him off the couch. Lucky joker.