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Hot-Blooded - 2002 Chevy Silverado

Built to Drive - Every Single Day

Maxwell Matthewson
Jul 1, 2011
Photographers: Dan Ward, Brandan Gillogly, Maxwell Matthewson
Jake McKiddie, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, bought this 2002 Silverado 1500 HD to be his daily driver. After two years of driving this 36-inch-lifted Chevy with 53-inch tires around Oklahoma, Jake decided his truck needed to be much closer to terra firma. Being the owner of Phat Phabricationz in Oklahoma City, Jake wanted something different than just a lowered truck and devised a plan to bring the truck back down to Earth. Now, after 8 months, the truck is slammed, has a killer engine, and Jake still drives it every day.
Photo 2/16   |   2002 Chevy Silverado Hot Blooded left Front Angle
Since Jake wanted to have his Silverado lay hard, he ditched the wild lift suspension and frame, and tracked down a rust-free regular cab frame. With the smaller standard cab frame, Jake lengthened it to fit the body and the 6.5-foot bed, while creating several necessary crossmembers and a large C-notch. He also added a set of McGaughy’s drop spindles, installed a three-link with a wishbone out back, and put bags on all four corners, Slam Specialties up front and Firestone in the rear. Pushing air into the bags are 1/2-inch SMC valves that receive air from 3/8-inch line and dual ViAir 480 compressors with a five-gallon tank. The custom frame, which allows the Chevy to be stock-floored on 24s, was painted DuPont Torch Red and the suspension components painted with DuPont’s Dark Charcoal Metallic to match the soon-to-be-painted pinstripe flames. With the frame sittin’ low, Jake bolted on slotted and drilled rotors, Intro Vista 24x10-inch wheels, and 275/30R24 Wanli tires.
Jake could then turn his attention towards the powerplant. The 6.0L V-8 received an LS1 intake and front accessory kit, a polished Procharger P1SC1 supercharger, polished AFCO radiator, and long tube headers with a dual Flowmaster 40 series setup. Seven psi of boost is met with fuel from 42 lb-hr injectors to provide more than 440 rwhp and was professionally tuned by Glen Lapinski. David Adams lengthened the ECU wiring harness, as the computer and fuse block were relocated to the front core support behind the bumper. Connected to the back of the engine is a 4L80e tranny built by Bo Woody. A Blumenthal two-piece driveshaft leads to the Moser axle-equipped 3.73 rearend that was shortened a total of six inches to facilitate tucking the 24-inch wheels. Behind the axle sits a 23-gallon fuel cell built by Eren Pierce. Amanda Degand handled the engine detailing by polishing the radiator, core support, and several other pieces.
With the frame and drivetrain complete, the body could go back on. This was after the team of Stack Coon, Brian Harris, Mike Scott, and Charles Degand shaved the tailgate handle, taillights, fuel door, cab seams, and stake pockets. Then a Grant Kustoms roll pan fit with LEDs was installed. With all of the holes shaved and the body smoothed, Charles Degand, of CD Designs, also in Oklahoma City, sprayed several coats of DuPont’s Torch Red paint over every inch of the Bow Tie. To set the Chevy ablaze, Charles masked off traditional hot-rod flames and then outlined them in real fire for a look that induces double takes. Appropriate pinstriping finishes off the wild inferno with several coats of clear adding endless depth.
Photo 3/16   |   2002 Chevy Silverado Hot Blooded interor
Not wanting the interior to be left out, Jake covered the seats with Katzkin’s Doeskin leather with Ostrich inserts. The plastics were all dyed to match the Doeskin, and the headliner was covered with Saddle Novasuede from Majilite Corp. Moving to the audio, Jake installed Kicker 6 1/2-inch speakers in the doors, a Kicker 10-inch CVX sub behind the rear seat, and three Kicker amps on the headliner. The door speaker pods were made by Eren Pierce and covered in Saddle Novasuede by Curt Enochs. A B.A.D. Hellfire billet steering wheel finishes off the subtle, but elegant interior.
Debuting his truck at SEMA 2010, Jake is very proud of his creation. He would like to thank his wife Keri, Charles and Amanda Degand, Opie, Curt Enochs, John Roberts, Stack Coon, Eren Pierce, Brian Harris, David Adams, Chris Kelly, Brandan Sharp, Jamie Coleman, Glen Lapinksi, Kicker Audio, Procharger, and his Severed Ties family.
Photo 4/16   |   Jake would like to dedicate this feature to Amanda Degand, who lost her life in a car accident on the way home from SEMA 2010. Jake says, “She was a huge part of our lives, our shop, and this truck.”



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