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2004 Chevy Silverado 3500 - Alter Ego

A Show-Stopping Daily Driver

John Mata Jr.
Dec 1, 2009
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/14   |   2004 Chevy Silverado 3500 right Front Angle
What's the point in building a full-blown show truck that will probably spend more time in the garage than on the street and having an average looking and performing daily driver to fetch the groceries in? There is really no need for two different trucks, especially when valuable time and effort can go into creating just one, all-encompassing, trophy pulling and errand running custom. Casey Ridinger, from Marion, Mississippi, is a firm believer of streamlining his projects as much as possible, which is evident in the final results of his ground-leveled, Duramax-equipped '04 Chevy 3500.
In order to bring the 3500 down into the weeds, Casey employed Jamey Jordan and Don Bracken from Innovative Customs, in Meridian, Mississippi, to first install a set of Ekstensive Metalworks upper and lower control arms along with Slam Specialties RE-8 'bags. At the rear end, 'Big' John Adkins, from Southaven, Mississippi, then attached a Suicide Doors triangulated super pivot four-link to the Chevy's frame. An Oasis XD2000 compressor, two 8-gallon Suicide Doors tanks, four 1/2-inch SMC valves, and 3/8-inch stainless airlines regulate the new suspension system's air pressure with the quickness. To get the truck to lay as low as possible, a stock-floor body drop was deemed necessary and preformed while the 3500 was a temporary resident at Innovative Customs. In order to protect and preserve the frame modifications, Jamey sprayed a few coats of Por-15, which seals the metal from the elements and corrosive road gunk that builds up from everyday driving. A set of 24x81/4-inch Diesel Wheels rollers and 305/35R24 Toyo Proxes ST-II tires have been bolted onto the heavy-duty Chevy. Being tucked up under each fender, the wheels have surely served as competent conversation starters.
To really get onlookers talking, Casey took his truck's Duramax 6.6L V-8 diesel engine and increased its performance by adding dual 12-inch Flex-A-Lite cooling fans, an Edge Performance programmer, a Jamey Jordan original cold air intake system, and a machined turbo mouth, which was skillfully fabricated by Sam Smith. Jamey also fabbed the 3500's 4-inch exhaust system, which boasts a rumbling RBP muffler. Since it was necessary to create new front wheel tubs, the computer and fuse relay box for the Allison transmission were relocated underneath the rear seat and two Optima blue top batteries were mounted to the side of the rear framerails. This seems like somewhat of a chore to undertake for an average daily driver, but to Casey, it made all the sense in the world to do things right with his dual-purpose heavy hauler.
Now that the dualie was resting on the concrete and performing with less engine restriction, Jamey and Don, of Innovative Customs, began working on the cosmetic metal fabrication portion of build. Custom sheetmetal bed walls, wheel tubs, and a relocated gas filler round out the rear modifications, while the front fenders were boxed in and tubbed to make room for the truck's larger rolling stock. New Era Bedliner of Houma, Louisiana, sprayed the bottom of the hood, the inside of the front fenders and bedsides, as well as inside of the bed box for aesthetic and protective purposes. A Chevy HHR roof rack has been planted to the top of the cab and chrome door handles with color-matched bezels make for attractive exterior accessories. Don blasted the dualie's metal surface with vibrant PPG Victory Red paint, which is truly a winning selection for any low down, heavy-duty hauler.
The atmosphere inside the Chevy's cab is also just as exciting as the outside, as the entire dash, center console, and door panels have been painted to match the lively exterior color. 'Bag switches and Dakota Digital gauges have been mounted to the front of the center console for a quick and easy glance at the air ride's psi levels. Justin McCary was brought in to wire up the custom sound system, which features a Pioneer touch screen receiver, a Rockford Fosgate 10-inch sub and drop-in replacement front and rear door speakers, and an RF P400-4 four channel amp for a much needed audio boost. The driver and passenger seats have both been upgraded with rear mounted 7-inch Visonik monitors, increasing the entertainment value for those lucky enough to catch a ride.
As anyone can clearly see, Casey was right on the money for building a dual-purpose custom that fulfills both show truck and daily driver requirements. Casey would first like to thank his mom for the support and to those who played a role in creating his decked out dualie, especially Innovative Customs.



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