2007 Chevy Silverado - Flame Thrower
Built To Burn Down The Boulevard
"I built this truck the way I wanted, with what I thought would look good." Words most custom truck owners say but can't get away with because of an inconsistency in the overall look of their ride. Kurt Grimes, of Clovis, California, wasn't worried about building a truck that people liked or disliked, he wanted to create a classy, clean, and exciting Chevy that would showcase what his paint shop was capable of and also what a difference some well-spent attention could make on a late model truck. The end result was an '07 Chevrolet Silverado Classic that people see, scratch their heads, and then quickly appreciate. We were amongst the fanfare and can't find a flaw in the Chevy. Take a look for yourself and then start taking notes.
Kurt's first truck was also shot for Truckin', back in the late '70s, but never appeared in the magazine. Laughing while talking to us, he said he's been a part of the custom truck scene his entire life. This helps explains why he left no stone unturned when customizing his Silverado. Built twice in one year with long nights spent fine-tuning every aspect, Kurt's truck proves that you can build a truck to drive and still end up on the cover of the World's Leading Truck Publication. Here is the story on this awesome ride.
Purchased new in August of '06, Kurt planned on adding some things to help it stand out from the crowd of Chevy trucks, but as the cash started flowing, so did the ideas and the snowball began rolling. Starting with the suspension, Kurt opted to lower the truck instead of 'bagging it, because as he says "I drive the truck 100 miles every day to work and wanted it to be reliable." With that in mind, PPC Customs, also located in Clovis, went to work installing the McGaughy's drop spindles, springs, shocks, and rear leaf springs. PPC Customs also added the huge Wilwood 16-inch six-piston brake setup in the front and then converted the rear setup to large Wilwood discs as well. The rear axle had to be narrowed 3 inches and new Moser axles were installed, as were chrome CalTracs to ensure the power reaches the ground at all times. Sierra Gear 3.73 gears and an Eaton posi unit keep those tires spinning. Rubber meets the pavement via Continental tires, sized 305/40R22 in the rear and 265/35R22 up front. Adding to the performance look were Bonspeed Delta polished billet wheels. Kurt's truck now had the look of performance, but looks don't make your truck fast. To remedy this, a call to Magnuson was made.
Lifting the hood of Kurt's '07 reveals the best-looking and most detailed engine compartment we've seen on a late-model truck. Sitting atop the 4.8L V-8 is a polished MagnaCharger supercharger. Complementing the polished huffer are custom-made reservoir tanks for the coolant, supercharger overflow tank, and master cylinder. Machined and polished pulleys for a Ford Lightning engine made their way onto the Bow Tie and other details such as polishing the 200-amp alternator, throttle-body, polishing the belt tensioner, adding polished coil covers, and he also powdercoated the engine brackets throughout. Keeping the polished and painted goodies really standing out, Kurt painted the engine bay flat black. Helping the 4.8L scream even more, a camshaft for an LS2 was slipped in, a Volant intake and snorkel were bolted on, Dynatech SuperMaxx long-tube headers and high-flow cats installed, and a Volant exhaust system added to the mix. In case that isn't enough for Kurt's commute, a 100-shot of Nitrous Express should elevate his heartbeat. Without question, the engine compartment is a true testament to taking one's time and paying close attention to the details.
Inside the Crew Cab, Kurt didn't want to go over the top but he did want a custom interior that could keep up with any other area of the truck. Classic Soft Trim was called upon to cover the seats with grey leather, but Kurt wanted rear bucket seats. After he tracked down a righthand rear seat, he had the foam reshaped and the seat rebuilt to be a mirror image of the factory 60/40-split seat. Painting the dash was handled at Grimeez Custom Paint and several other plastic pieces were smoothed and painted to tie it all together. Stylin' Trucks was called for a billet dress-up kit including new knobs, shifter handle, grab handle, and heater box cover. Kurt also added a Cadillac gauge cluster that was stripped down and painted flat blue, just to be different. Desiring a comfortable yet stylish center console, Kurt built a factory-looking console that houses two cup holders, a 7-inch monitor, equalizer, and is topped off with a cut-down Arc Audio amp that tricks everyone who sees it. Speaking of audio, Dustin, from D.G. Audio, in Clovis, built a rear fiberglass sub enclosure housing four 8-inch Arc Audio subs and two Arc Audio Foose-edition amps. Arc Audio speakers were also installed in each door and in the A-pillars. Kenwood DVD and navigation handle the head unit chores while a 7-inch Kenwood monitor was mounted in the rear of the center console for passenger entertainment. Craig Renn then added the ostrich leather seat inserts and door panel trim, as well as a custom headliner. Kurt then focused on what he does best, paint and body.
Examining the Chevy from front to back, we were completely impressed with the little things that Kurt did not overlook, but rather made custom and improved upon the original design. After talking to him about the build, he said the process was " a lot of fun, but it's even more fun to drive." Telling us that the project is never done, he mentioned a new paintjob might be in the works. We can't imagine messing with something that looks so darn good, but if it turns out better than this paint scheme, maybe we should keep our mouths shut.
Originally painting the truck with realistic blue fire, Kurt felt the truck didn't stand out enough, so back to the artistic drawing board he went. Looking at the hood, he didn't like the abrupt HD-look of the leading edge. Chopping and sectioning the hood brought it down several inches and now the front end looked much more sleek. After some trial and error, Kurt developed a two-color realistic fire system that he had never seen before. With his airbrush gun filled with custom-mixed DuPont Hot Hues green and blue, the entire Chevy was forever engulfed in flames. Patterson Paint supplied the DuPont paint and Kurt even airbrushed several pieces of the interior with realistic fire to match. Kurt shaved the tailgate handle and went old-school with some pinstriping and then smoked a pair of GMC taillights. Grimeez Custom Paint continued the custom treatment by removing the orange reflectors from the headlights, smoothing and painting the front valance and bumper, and also flaring and rolling the fenders to help the tires clear. Other cool parts added to the Chevy included Grippin' Billet door handles, a Precision Grille Phat Tube billet grille, Street Scene mirrors, and a steel roll pan.