Goldmember: 2001 Chevy Silverado
Gilded Bow Tie
We all have our dream vehicle. Some of us want a vehicle straight from the factory, but for some of us, no factory makes the vehicle we want, so it must be built. For Todd Spivey, his dream vehicle was a ’99 -’02 Silverado that made heads turn so fast, people would get vertigo when it drove by. After purchasing this 2001 Silverado regular cab, Todd embarked on making his dream a reality.
Todd recruited the help of Jay Ragamost to help him build his Silverado just the way he wanted. They started by removing the body from the frame and building a new chassis for the truck. This new frame would not only give the rear axle more room, but it would also allow the body to lie on the ground when aired out. To the new frame, two sets of Ride Tech Strong Arm control arms were bolted on and a pair of Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags were bolted in place. Out back, a wishboned three-link was installed along with a matching pair of RE-7s. Toxic shocks on the corners soften the ride and Brembo upgraded brake rotors bring the whole rig to an abrupt halt when needed. For rolling stock, Todd decided on a set of 22x8.5-inch and 22x10-inch Billet Specialties wheels enveloped in Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires size 295/30R22.
With the body still off the frame, Todd went ahead and started work on the engine. Ditching the 4.8L, Todd upgraded to the bigger 6.0L for more tire-melting power. To this he added a Comp cams camshaft, GM hydraulic roller lifters, new rockers, and beehive springs. After bolting the engine back together, Jay had a new intake tube bent out of aluminum and painted to match the future paint of the truck. To help spruce up the engine compartment a bit more, a Cadillac engine cover was smoothed and painted, and the brake booster was sent out to be chromed. Edelbrock headers and a Flowmaster exhaust help direct the hot gasses out of the engine. To complete the powertrain, Todd installed a shift kit in the transmission, a shortened two-piece driveshaft connected to the rearend and was outfitted with new 4:10 gears.
Finally, the frame and body could be mated and work could be commenced on the body. First, the front clip was scrapped in favor of an HD front end with billet grille inserts. From there, the truck was shaved of all the unnecessary parts such as the door handles, taillights, tailgate, tailgate handle, and antenna. Next, a set of Street Scene sport mirrors was bolted on for a smoother look. Todd then fabricated a sheetmetal bed with molded-in wheeltubs, and a drop-down box that houses the compressors, dual Optima batteries, and paint-matched air tank. With the truck smoothed and prepped, it was ready for paint. Todd used PPG Gold paint to make his Silverado stand out from the crowd. He then turned his attention to the interior.
To look as good as the rest of the truck, Todd had the majority of the plastics painted to match the truck. The seats were wrapped in dark brown King Ranch leather. Instead of a center console, Todd salvaged a center seat from a Tahoe with the center console built into and had it upholstered in matching leather. A Billet Specialties Half-Wrap steering wheel, billet shift arm and pedals, and billet doorsill covers add a touch of elegance to the interior. For audio, Todd settled on a simple Alpine head unit with Alpine components in the doors powered by a Kicker four-channel amp.
After a long, grueling build, Todd finally accomplished what he set forth to do—build his dream truck. The only show he has been to was Last Resort 2010 where he took home a Top 25 award. But to Todd, that doesn’t matter, all he cares about is cruising the town in his perfect truck. He wanted to send a shout-out to RF Customs and Jay Ragamost for helping him along the way.