2007 Chevy Silverado Roadster - Sliced And Diced
Bill Montgomery had been in the custom auto scene for a few years when he decided that he needed to show everyone what he was all about. This is when he came up with the idea to do something no one had done before. He wanted to take a new body-style Chevy and cut it up to make it a roadster. To do so, he would need to surround himself with talented fabricators who shared his vision for a jaw-dropping custom. With a rendering in hand, Bill bought a 2007 Silverado 1500 extended cab and started the grueling process of making his dream come true.
Taking the truck to Autocore Kustoms in Phoenix, Bill asked Kurt Forqueran to 'bag the truck and make it ride as low as possible on 26-inch wheels. Kurt went to work building custom control arms that allow the truck to tuck the massive wheels while riding extremely low and as smooth as factory. With that complete, Kurt moved to the rear and fabricated a custom cantilevered four-link with a Watt's link to locate the rear. A notch was cut into the frame for the axlehousing to reside while laid out, and two pairs of Slam Specialties airbags were installed on the corners. To add extra personality to the truck and to provide two different looks, Bill added a pair of 26-inch Giovanna Dalar 6 wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus 305/30R26 tires on the driver side and a pair of Giovanna Cali 6 wheels with Hankook tires on the passenger side. The two different wheel styles make onlookers do a double-take and really help the truck separate itself from other '07-and-newer Chevy trucks. But Bill wasn't satisfied with a low stance and nice rollers, as he looked to take the Silverado to the next level.
The centerpiece of this truck is without a doubt the body. After leaving Autocore Kustoms, the truck made it's way to Mouse's Kustom Fab, also in Phoenix. While there, the capable team at Mouse's pulled the body off of the frame and body dropped the truck four inches to make it sit and ride that much lower. Next, they chopped the top off of the extended-cab Chevy to turn the truck forever into a roadster. This isn't the only extreme modification though, as Mouse then molded the front and rear doors together into one 7-foot door and hung it from new, beefier hinges where the C-pillar used to reside. Not only did this involve making two doors into one, but also cutting out the B-pillar completely. Other body mods included installing a Grant Kustoms Cali Combo rear skin, Street Scene sport mirrors, shaving the door handles and stake bed holes, and smoothing the whole body for Jay Webb at Rolling Canvas Customs in Mesa, Arizona, who sprayed the truck with BASF Blue and Purple mixed with teal candy paint. Then, Ron Hernandez, also in Phoenix, laid down some red and gray pinstriping to break up the solid blue paint. Anzo LED taillights and a T-Rex X-metal grille finish off the body.
With no roof, the interior would always be on view so it had to be topnotch. The seats are wrapped in Katzkin black leather with red stitching. To bring the seats down due to the body drop, a set of custom seat brackets were made by Mouse's Kustom Fab. A few dash pieces were smoothed and painted to match the exterior and black carpet was installed to contrast nicely. Superior Auto Sound in Phoenix, built a custom center console, which leads back to a fiberglass sub enclosure, also built by Superior Auto Sound. This enclosure houses four 12-inch Realm subwoofers. There are also two 10-inch subs located in the massive suicide doors. Powering these six subs and the four Realm separates are a total of six Realm amps that are housed in a custom fiberglass enclosure in the bed. To finish off the audio, Bill installed a 7-inch Pioneer touchscreen head unit.
Wanting it ready for SEMA 2010, Bill had several shops working on the truck to finish it in time. With hours to spare, Bill and a menagerie of club members from Severed Ties, Forever Low, and other local clubs finished the truck. Less than eight hours later, the truck was sitting in the Giovanna Wheels booth at SEMA. Bill wanted to thank Scott Harris, Autocore Customs, Mouse's Kustom Fab, Superior Auto Sound, Rolling Canvas Customs, Giovanna Wheels, and everyone else who helped build the truck and get it ready for SEMA. Bill also wanted to thank his wife, Laura, and the rest of his family for all the support they have given him through the whole build.