2007 Chevy Silverado LS7 - Silverod
A ZO6 with a Bed!
Bragging rights is a common theme among custom-truck enthusiasts. Whether it's who has the lowest truck, or the nicest paint, or even which truck can go down the track the quickest, everyone loves a good trash talkin' now and then. Built to showcase how custom a Chevy Silverado can look with off-the-shelf parts, Godfather Customs in Decatur, Georgia, stepped up and created a truck, appropriately named Silverod. Why is this a befitting name for a Chevy truck? Because under the hood is all hot rod. Bragging rights included.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 6.26:1, the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 is one of the world's most exciting super cars. Designed to go fast, handle well, stop on a dime, and perform like a race car, the ZO6 served as inspiration for Godfather Customs' latest venture. Giving a Corvette a quick lesson in physics, this 4,453-pound Silverado, with an amazing 6.36:1 power-to-weight ratio, is as fast as it is good-looking. All of that power comes from a LS7 Corvette engine, which was purchased from Year One, mated to a Street and Performance X15R six-speed automatic transmission. The crew of Godfather Customs left Decatur to Mena, Arkansas, home of Street and Performance for the high-performance engine swap.
While there, the Street and Performance team disassembled the new LS7, smoothed and painted the block, chrome-plated the mounting brackets, and polished the pulleys. Dynatek long tube headers were polished and bolted on, then the exhaust was connected to Gibson mufflers. Looking awesome inside the Silverado's engine bay, the LS7 received the modification of every Corvette owner's dreams: a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger.
The polished supercharger breathes cool air through a Griffin intercooler and runs cooler, thanks to the Griffin aluminum radiator and SPAL electric fans. Tuning was handled by the Street and Performance specialists and final horsepower numbers quickly spiked the dyno at 622 hp at the rear wheels. Other custom engine modifications included a Peterson dry sump oil system and several plastic pieces painted to add sleek looks to all those ponies.
Back at the Godfather Customs' shop, the guys began taking the stock suspension apart and installing a Belltech 4/7 drop on the Silverado. Up front, a drop spindle was bolted up, along with a Belltech coilover shock. Out back, the Godfather team used a flip kit and Belltech Nitro Drop 2 shocks to bring it level. With the wheels off, Baer brakes were added to the front and rear, which helped bring the Chevy to a quicker halt. Speaking of wheels, on went a set of 24x10-inch chrome Giovanna Canelli wheels wrapped in Pirelli 285/30R24 tires up front and 305/40R24 Pirellis in the rear.
Josh and Daniel Woodley of Godfather Customs custom built a subwoofer enclosure around the factory-like center console. The hand-built center console houses one Kenwood 12-inch sub, which is powered by one Kenwood KAC-X4R amplifier behind the seat. Powering the Kenwood mids and separates is another Kenwood amp on the other side of the bulkhead. Kenwood was also sourced for the head unit and KNA-G510 navigation unit. All of the wiring is linked by Stinger cables. Keeping things secure is a Viper SST alarm system with GPS tracking. Gibbs Auto Interiors in Jonesboro, Georgia, handled the other interior modifications, including wrapping the pillars and headliner in suede and installing the Corvette factory leather seats. Godfather Customs installed the US Speedo gauge overlay kit.
It was a mad scramble to complete the truck before SEMA, but the end result was worth the long hours and strained energy-drink consumption. Godfather Customs created a great example of how good-looking a truck can be with simple bolt-on parts.