2000 Chevy Silverado - Showtime
Built by Brothers, This Bow Tie is Ready for the Big Stage
Most of us would be stoked to have a feature write-up in our favorite truck magazine, but when then Naivar brothers received a feature in Issue 5 of 2008, they weren't satisfied. They wanted a cover truck, and from that day on, Brandon and Dustin Naivar of Taylor, Texas, worked late nights and weekends to achieve their lifelong goal of building a cover-worthy off-road truck. Paying such close attention to the tiniest of details, the brother duo spent 14 months going over each nook and cranny until they stepped back and, as they told us, "liked everything." Sheer determination cannot be underestimated as Brandon and Dustin established Show Time Metal Work (STMW) fabrication shop, and now have themselves a Silverado that does all things well. Big and in your face with insane fabrication work, their Chevy is at home at a truck show, up to its axles in mud, or providing the stereo entertainment at the lake. This bad boy is ready for the big stage.
As certified welders during the day, Brandon and Dustin understand the importance of a strong, well-executed weld, so it should come as no surprise when looking underneath the Silverado (pretty much the only place to look at on this tall beast) that the fabrication work is topnotch. Starting by pulling the body from the frame, the front IFS was ditched, as was the rear 10-bolt with four-link suspension, and the weak factory crossmembers were cut out. With their welders ready to get to work, STMW built custom 5-inch relocated body mounts and tubular motor mounts, boxed the entire frame with water jet-cut "STMW" inserts, welded in 2x4-inch "X" braces inside the factory frame, and then filled every hole from front to back. Giant shock mounts were fabricated using 2x2-inch ¼-inch-wall square tubing for both the front and rear, while a front Dana 60 axle was customized to accept the 2x2-inch square tubing four-link with Trail Gear creeper 11/4-inch joints and a Panhard bar. With the large tires planned and after switching over to the solid axle, the Naivar brothers added a PSC full hydraulic steering setup with ¾-inch chrome-moly heim joints. Keeping the Sterling 10.25-inch rearend planted is a heavy-duty parallel four-link designed and built by STMW, which incorporates 2x2-inch tubing, water jet-cut four-link mounts, and large Panhard bar. After hours and hours of grinding, sanding, and prepping, the smoothed frame and chassis were painted. Receiving House of Kolor Red flake, the frame looked awesome, while the suspension parts were squirted black and the axles painted silver. Nearly a week's worth of wet-sanding went into the frame's final appearance. The three colors really emphasize the amount of work involved with each section standing out from the rest. We can't remember the last lifted truck that featured no visible welds—a feat that must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Damping the bumps, First Over All coilovers with 14 inches of travel up front and 12 inches of travel out back were used at each corner, as were Bilstein 7100 reservoir shocks. Making them look awesome are one-off CNC-machined polished shock clamps from PM Precision. Polished bolts also add some show points to the detailed chassis. With plenty of ground clearance and an impressive foundation, the wheel and tire choice was an important decision. Brandon and Dustin agreed on Fuel Off-Road Octane deep 22x14-inch black wheels, and had them mounted inside tough-looking Nitto Mud Grappler tires sized 40x15.50R22 by Hub Cap Annie in Austin. The look is pure aggression and fits the clean, all-black look Show Time was going for. Bringing the monster to a halt, Ford Super Duty disc brakes with stainless braided hoses were bolted onto the Dana 60 and Sterling axles. Driveshafts Unlimited in San Antonio, built the heavy-duty driveshafts for the front and rear. Final touches included adding Yukon 5.13 gears, capping each axle with polished diff covers from Purple Cranium, and filling each axle with Lucas oil.
We've seen big lifted trucks before that tapped out at 55 mph because of stock gears, huge tires, and a small engine that lost its cojones fighting the laws of physics. The Naivar brothers addressed this concern by having Pachie, from Andrews Automotive in Taylor, Texas, get the 5.3L V-8 ready to run. Slipping in a Comp Cams 219/233 109LSA cam, the LS engine needed more air, which is cured by a FAST LSXRT intake manifold and AEM cool-air intake. Earl's fuel line and fittings send the swill from a 20-gallon fuel cell up to the fuel injectors. Dynatech SuperMAXX stainless long-tube headers slip into Dynatech off-road intermediate pipes from AFCO Racing, which then flow into a 4-inch mandrel-bent diesel tubing that Show Time modified to exit right underneath the passenger-side door out of 5-inch RBP black tip. With no cats and no mufflers, the Comp cam helps the 5.3L sound downright ready-to-rumble. Taylor red plug wires, along with a custom EFI Live tune help the small-block churn out 355 hp. Chrome accents inside the engine compartment really pop against the painted firewall. Show Time already had a tubular trans mount in place, and after the 4L60E received a TCI 2,600-stall convertor and shift kit, it was painted then installed behind the LS. Now Brandon and Dustin had a giant rolling canvas to make people stop dead in their tracks.
Whereas all-black trucks aren't preferred in the world of magazines, we can appreciate the amount of work involved in making sheetmetal straight enough to look flawless. Providing an updated and custom look, STMW pulled the '00 front end and replaced it with steel fenders, hood, and light bezels from an '07 Silverado HD classic. Fabricating their own front bumper from ¼-inch steel, Brandon and Dustin combined the tough aesthetic of large off-road bumpers with the clean, tight fit of a street bumper. Thanks to four PIAA off-road lights, the look is even more impressive. Spyder Auto Lights one-piece headlights and an RBP one-piece grille make the Chevy look more like a Cadillac off-road prototype than an aftermarket-equipped Bow Tie. A molded roll pan, Escalade door handles, and a SnugTop F2 tonneau cover provide the backdrop for the PPG Onyx Black. A large nautical star was mapped out on the front doors and applied by Sidney Bucanek, of Asid Graphics also in Taylor, in silver and House of Kolor real fire to break up the sea of black. Ready for any black-tie affair with mud involved, Show Time's Silverado was now prepped for some tunes.
Popping open the SnugTop tonneau cover reveals a BedRug with four Wet Sounds Rev 10 marine subwoofers on a 2-inch tube frame. The four subs are housed in individual pods, and are powered by two large Wet Sounds amps mounted on the bulkhead. A Wet Sounds WS-420 controls each frequency and allows Brandon and Dustin to talk through the speakers with a supplied microphone. It's a trick setup, which with this truck, we've come to expect nothing else. Inside the truck, the dash was painted black and dressed up with an Escalade gauge cluster, Dima steering wheel, and plenty of billet accessories. Black leather and suede by Chuy's Custom Upholstery in San Antonio, cover the seats, floor mats, headliner, and door panels. Nathan Gonzales, Trey Mattox, and Chris Jacque, of Capital Kustoms in Austin, Texas, handled wiring the two Kicker Solo-Baric subs in the rear center console, MB Quartz components in each door, and the one-off Wet Sounds setup in the bed. No matter if you're inside or outside the truck, hearing the Naivar brother's favorite music is not an issue.
Despite his own blood and sweat in the making of the truck, Brandon was quick to thank his brother Dustin, his wife Tammy, Dustin's fiancé Kristen, and his parents for supporting and understanding his obsession. As he told us, "This has been our lifelong goal, and this is just the beginning of our trucks being in your magazine." With insane dedication and a family to help the two brothers get through the tough times, we're just as excited as they are for the future.