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2005 Chevy Silverado Custom - Tu Sancho

Cheaters Beware

Dan Ward
Feb 29, 2008
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/14   |   2005 Chevy Silverado Custom rear Left Side
Custom trucks can be addicting. A simple wheel swap turns into 26 inches of investment, 6x9s turn into three 15-inch MTX subs, and a little dab of color quickly transforms into a two-sided airbrushed custom. If this doesn't sound familiar to you, it does to Luis Serrano, of Pasadena, California. Trading in his '00 Camaro SS so he could complete his dream truck, Luis learned that one small idea can snowball into a wild one-of-a-kind ride.
Photo 3/14   |   2005 Chevy Silverado Custom right Side View
Luis picked up his '05 Chevy new and wasted little time making it his own. Audio Innovations, in Glendora, California, took care of most of the Silverado's transformation by altering the suspension, interior, and making the truck insanely loud. Looking inside the extended cab's door, you'll notice the absence of any backseats, because Joe and his crew at Audio Innovations removed it and replaced it with a host of MTX amps and subs. Calling the back of the Chevy home now are two MTX 5302 amps for the Eclipse 6x9-inch speakers in each door, and two MTX 81001 monster amps for the three 15-inch MTX 8500 bass pounders. The blow-through box allows plenty of airspace for the subs, and gave Audio Innovations some flexibility in box designs. The amps are mounted in a lava-flowing-like mass of fiberglass that has been sanded and painted.
A Kenwood DVD in-dash head unit makes sure the speakers and the two 7-inch monitors in the fiberglass and ostrich leather headliner receive their appropriate signals. The headliner matches the Chevy seats that were recovered in black ostrich leather. Finishing off the system, Audio Innovations wrapped the entire bed in black leather, built a cool Bow Tie logo in the bed floor, and installed a 17-inch flip down in the underside of the Snug Top tonneau. Taking things to the extreme, a hole was cut into the rear bed floor to accommodate an ice chest filled with cold beverages. A Lifeline battery was also placed under the bed to keep the juices flowing. Once completed, Audio Innovations tried out the system in the shop, only to go temporarily deaf because of the excessive volume. Mission one accomplished.
Photo 7/14   |   2005 Chevy Silverado Custom hood
Mission two saw the guys at Audio Innovations tear into the suspension and add McGaughy's drop spindles up front and Air Ride Technologies airbags, with the rear receiving Shockwaves. Whereas there was no cutting involved, the truck did have an adjustable suspension allowing Luis to add 26-inch DUB Bully wheels on each corner. Main Tires and Wheels in Santa Paula, California, rolled each fender for added clearance. Helping turn those huge wheels a little easier was the addition of a K&N intake and Flowmaster exhaust.
Photo 8/14   |   2005 Chevy Silverado Custom tailgate Graphics
After a quick drive to Irwindale, California, the truck was delivered to Danny Serna, of DSG Graphics, who applied his artistry to the truck. Before any paint was applied, the Chevy received several bolt-ons to give it a unique style. A Street Scene Equipment body kit was added, consisting of side skirts, a front Gen II bumper cover, a rear roll pan, and the Chevy was looking good. Luis also added a Reflexxion hood and Street Scene Speed Grilles to the front of the truck. Danny then went to work airbrushing wild tribal graphics onto the hood and splitting the truck in two, by mixing the graphics onto each side. Airbrushed ladies are found on each Street Scene mirror and on the tailgate, as well. The shadowing and detail work is a credit to the talent and long hours Danny has in the truck. Finishing off the truck, headlights from Stylin' Trucks gave the front end an even more menacing appearance.
Luis is proud of his awesome truck and you can try to tell him how nice it is, though he may have a hard time hearing you while blasting the MTX speakers. He wanted to give a shout-out to his friends, family, Joe, and Danny for all of their efforts.


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