2000 Custom Chevy Silverado - Clipped

Cadillac-Inflected Hauler

Gary Blount
Feb 15, 2008
Photographers: Dan Ward
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What drives people to spend a certain amount of time and money on building a custom truck? People flock to car and truck shows to bask in a sea of eye candy. But, just merely observing isn't enough for some people. The right custom can spark an inspirational overload to drive people to spend every bit of their time and money into building a killer concept.
David Nil Benjamin has been hanging around the custom-truck scene ever since he was 15, and without a doubt, he loves it. But, you'd think after six years of going to shows and helping friends with their sleds, he would have a 'bagged hauler of his own.
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One Saturday, he went with a friend to the Southeast Nationals to check out the show scene. The front of an Escalade, laying on the ground, behind a trailer, caught his eye. Curiosity urged him behind the trailer, and there it was: his muse.
An '00 standard cab Chevy laying rocker with a Cadillac Escalade front clip, and a for sale sign set him off. He started stockpiling greenbacks for the build that would really clip David's wings. The truck was a bit on the rough side. It had burnt wheelwells on one side, a torn-off roll pan, keyed fenders, and a dented hood.
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But, that didn't stop David from dragging the little truck home for the much-needed TLC to revamp it into a fresh build.
Between the two owners, this truck has some credible mods. SledShed of Jacksonville, Florida, body-dropped the truck 2.5 inches. Due to an incident with a tractor and a minivan, the frame was custom built from the motor mounts back.
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The rear received a custom two-link and Slam Specialties RE74RE8 airbags with Nitro shocks, which provide the adjustable ride height and quality. With the truck laid out, it tucks about one fourth of the 22x9-inch Boyd Turbine wheels wrapped in Nitto 295/35R22 tires. Stopping that much centrifugal mass is the job of a GM hydraboost brake booster from a 1-ton truck.
The body was shaved of its handles, moldings, tailgate, and gas door. G&G Auto of Jacksonville, sprayed on Plymouth Prowler Copper topped with Platinum Pearl and separated with House of Kolor Lime Time Green. The interior was sanded smooth and painted to match the base pigment, while black carpet and a custom center console houses two Punch 10-inch subs and a Colorado Customs steering wheel.
When asked how he felt about the truck's build, David said he loves the truck, but hates that people give him a hard time for not building it himself. He fixed many of the truck's flaws from the original build, repainted wherever needed, refitted the torn-off or torn-up parts from dragging, and is currently reupholstering the interior.
This is a sweet ride, regardless of who built it. A person probably saves about half the cost by picking up a truck with good mods, versus building one, or having one built.
Since this truck was done right, David will also have a better idea of how good stuff is built for the future. As his first 'bagged custom truck, we feel it's better than all the first-attempt hack jobs that will never see asphalt.

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