2004 Chevy Silverado - Hidden
The One That Almost Got Away
Judging by where he parked his '04 Silverado at our inaugural Havoc Fresno show, Michael DaSilva was either trying to stay in the shade and keep cool, or he was trying to hide from our editors. After walking the show grounds, we scooped up several features, but after filling in all of our schedules, we still hadn't seen Michael's truck. On the last day of the show, we met Michael and he asked us if we'd like to check out his truck. Usually when this happens it's because we've seen the truck and we've passed on shooting it for any number of reasons, but Michael's truck had simply gone unnoticed, tucked way back under a building's awning. It turns out he was interested in a feature shoot, and we agreed to meet in Monterey, which required us to drive north from our offices in Anaheim, and Michael to drive south from his home in Fairfield, California.
SIC Motorsports is no stranger to Truckin' magazine. We've featured several trucks with their radical suspensions, and the work they did on Michael's Silverado fits their reputation for custom. SIC Motorsports totally stripped the Silverado to its frame and used McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles and Air Ride Technologies control arms to get the right stance. The upper arms were relocated for perfect geometry before the Slam Specialties HE7 'bags were bolted in. For the rear, a custom bridge notch was fabricated with eight cargo-spearing spikes while rectangular tubing was used for the notch. A KP Components six-link and chromed Watts linkage were welded into the truck to keep the freshly-powdercoated rearend centered. More Slam Specialties 'bags were used out back, this time RE7s. With the frame completely stripped and the suspension all sorted out, SIC Motorsports moved the transmission and carrier bearing up three inches before the frame was boxed with mild steel and then powdercoated black. Once the bed was back in place, SIC fabricated tubular mounts for four chrome 5-gallon air tanks that match the spikes on the bridge. The tanks are fed by three Air Zenith pumps and all of the plumbing was done in 1/2-inch line using two-speed Slam Specialties Digital Stealth Valves that allow the 'bags to fill slowly or quickly. The result of all the work? Michael's Silverado lays frame on 22x9.5-inch Panther Juice 6 wheels.
No feature truck is complete without a custom interior, and Michael's truck doesn't disappoint. A Kenwood DVD-705 head unit and PS2 are neighbors in the wood and fiberglass center console that Michael built himself. The head unit controls the powerful audio system and displays video on the 151/2-inch Audiobahn screen that was molded into the dash where the factory head unit and HVAC controls used to be. Michael also built the wood/fiberglass sub box under the rear seats and wired the entire system using Streetwires equipment. The 15-inch Kicker L7 subs under the rear seat are powered by a Kicker 1200.1 amp, and required so much volume that the rear seats had to be mounted four inches higher. The other amp you see mounted under the rear seat powers the 10-inch Audiobahn sub mounted in the center console. Midrange and high frequencies are handled by MB Quart 61/2-inch components in the front doors and kick panels, and 51/4-inch and 4-inch components in the rear doors and behind the dash, all powered by Kicker 400.4 and 450.2 amps. The final interior upgrades were also completed by Michael, as he re-skinned the factory buckets and bench in Katzkin leather, ditching the rear headrests in the process.
You're probably looking at the bright blue tribal-yet-traditional flames on this Silverado wondering how we could have missed it. We don't know, but we're sure glad we fixed our mistake. Saldivar Auto Body in Sacramento, California, is responsible for the vivid flames, as well as all of the prep involved. There is a long list of obstructions and unnecessary distractions that were removed from the Chevy, including the door handles, stake pockets, taillights, and the tailgate handle. With the offending gaps filled, a Sir Michael's roll pan and AVS LED light strip were welded in and Cadillac vertical taillights were frenched in. The front of the truck received attention as well, as an '06 Silverado HD grille and SS bumper were bolted on and filled with billet grilles. With the bodywork completed, Frank Saldivar sprayed the truck in PPG onyx black and used a factory Nissan 350Z blue for the flames. The finishing touch was lavender pinstriping.
Michael wanted us to help him thank his parents, John and Ana, for all of their support on the project. His brother Chris, his girlfriend Kristen, and his friend Nick were also a big help, and he can't forget the great work that went into his truck: SIC Motorsports, Saldivar Auto Body, and KP Components. Finally, we've got to thank Michael for meeting us halfway for our shoot and for Gianni's. There's a lesson to be learned here, maybe next year his brother's truck will be front and center at Havoc. Chris, finish your truck!