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1997 Chevy Dually - Graphic Grind

Wild Times In A Dualie Named "The Beast"

Dan Ward
Mar 1, 2009
Photographers: Dan Ward, Brandan Gillogly
Photo 2/14   |   1997 Chevy Dually left Side Angle
Starting out as a daily-driver work truck, this '97 Chevy dualie has seen its share of miles. David Hernandez, of Fremont, California, used the truck for everything to getting to and fro to loading up marble and granite when working at his business, Atlas Marble & Granite. That was then and this is now. Now the Crew Cab features an award-winning custom paintjob, 'bagged stance, and wild audio system. Talking about the 4 1/2 year journey brings a smile to his face as David just points to it and says "look at it." We took one glance and now we can't stop staring.
Staring is now the norm for this truck as the dualie was dropped off to David's brother, Jimmy who shaved the door handles, added the Escalade front clip, and completely welded close the tailgate and roll pan. Elvin Alvino applied the PPG blue-black pearl base coat and then Josh Stokes, of Greedy Fly Custom Paint, located in San Jose, stepped in and went to work with the graphics. Endless days of taping, masking, and painting went into the awesome paint job, which includes House of Kolor Kandy colors and ice pearls, airbrushed skulls, and tribal graphics. Now that David had himself a rolling work of automotive art, he turned his focus to the suspension.
Kenny McCardie, of Auto Sound Specialists in Union City, California, went to work building a 1-ton truck that could lay low and still be a driver. Airbags all the way around were installed, along with a four-link in the rear. Air is supplied by three 5-gallon chrome tanks and anything that could be taken apart was either painted or chromed. While at Auto Sound Specialists, Installation Manager Ruben took on the task of creating the huge clear Plexiglass bed floor and fiberglassed bed. Hours and hours of mixing, applying the fiberglass, and sanding were performed to get the perfect shape David has hoping for. Once it was 100-percent, Josh stepped in and painted the huge enclosure to match the rest of the truck. It turned out better than David could have hoped for. Good looks and a low suspension can only go so far-it was time for some tunes.
Ruben was once again called on at Auto Sound Specialist to add a complete Arc Audio sound system inside the dualie. In went an Arc Audio Robert Zeff Signature Edition 4200 amp to power the three 12-inch Arc Audio Flatline subs in a pass-through sub box in the bed. The ground-shaking bass is balanced by the three sets of Arc Audio 6000 components powered by an Arc Audio Robert Zeff Signature Edition 2300 amplifier. Keeping everything sounding pristine is an Arc Audio XEQ equalizer and an Eclipse 5435 head unit. Visual entertainment is courtesy of a 22-inch NESA monitor in the bed, 17-inch NESA monitor in the headliner and two headrest monitors. While he was at it, Ruben also molded in a rearview camera into the third brake light to make sure the fun could easily be seen on all the screens. All in all, Auto Sound Specialists created a beast of a system-just what David wanted.
The only thing remaining to make David's beast of a truck complete was a set of rollers. After contacting East Bayz Customs, a set of 22-inch Diesel Wheels Revenge wheels were ordered and mounted inside Nexen tires. It was now official, David was riding in style and winning shows at the same time. To help ensure the truck looked its best for our photo shoot, David had the talented team at Mother's Polish perform a thorough buff and polish on the huge rig. No man does it on his own and David is quick to thank his wife Angela, daughters Andrea and Stephanie, brother Jimmy, Josh for the paint, Kenny for seeing the project through, and Ruben for all of the hard work.


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