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The People’s Truck | 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

When the Boss Builds a Truck, People Notice

Phil Gordon
Sep 1, 2012
Photographers: Phil Gordon
When most people decide on the perfect canvas, they find something that appeals to them and work to make it their own. But Jordan Tadysak—a 27-year-old from Naples, Florida—took the long route. He saw an ’09 Chevy Silverado 3500HD sitting at a small used car lot in town. The rig was outfitted with every chrome stick-on and aftermarket gadget that could be found. “It truly was hideous, and had I not rescued it, it might still be sitting there today,” Jordan tells us. As the very basic model, the Chevy was born without power windows, power locks, or cruise control. It clearly didn’t fit the standards of a magazine-worthy truck, but with Jordan’s knowledge and passion, it soon would.
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One major advantage Jordan has is that he owns and operates Wicked Customs in Naples, Florida. Once the Chevy was brought to its new home, Jordan removed all the gaudy additions and began with a simple lift and added power windows and some minor performance accessories. Still not satisfied with the choices of rims and frustrated by major wheel companies not being able to agree to his custom needs, Jordan decided to purchase six Alcoa standard-hole wheels and cut his own wheel design, called “Jefe,” on his CNC. Hence the original name of his truck: El Jefe (The Boss). The wheels were shaved to fit a 24-inch tire, he embossed a “W” on them, and painted the centers.
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Claiming it was too “ordinary,” Jordan decided to step up the build and go with a solid white theme, starting with powdercoating the wheels. Every piece of black plastic was smoothed and painted bright white. As most top builders do, Jordan attended the SEMA show, and it proved to be the motivation he needed to finish his project. He met Jason McNeil of FiberwerX and joined the company as a dealer. Although most people thought it was an odd move, he ordered extended fenders for the front of the Silverado. The fenders were cut and made to fit on the 3500 base. The front suspension was widened using multiple unique parts so the tires would stick out of the fenders.
One of the truly unique things Jordan was able to do was cut and mold inserts into the front grille using his plasma CNC cutter. T-Rex mesh and ARP bolts were powdercoated flat black and added to the front to maintain an aggressive style. The front grille had to be matched to the truck, but GM only offers the chrome version, so Jordan painted it along with the hood trim. The factory tow mirrors, hood louvers, door handles, and windshield cowl were smoothed and painted, creating a lineless look on the Chevy.
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When it came time to add the stereo modifications, Jordan got down and dirty laying down a JVC head unit along with some serious JL Audio components and subwoofers. The iPod integration makes sure he is never without music to cruise to on the busy Florida streets. With Jordan’s ever-growing taste in customizing trucks and the resources to do just that, it’s only a matter of time before The Boss gets a whole new makeover.
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Since he’s been driving The Boss around town, however, he has come to call it The People’s Truck, since everyone wants to see it, get closer to it, and own one like it. We can see why.
Driveline/Suspension

7-inch Wicked suspension lift (stretched 4 inches wider to accommodate wide fenders)
White Wicked suspension dual shock tower
Chrome Wicked suspension “Dual Rezzy” 2.0 bodied shocks (front)
All exposed bolts capped with chrome spikes
Wicked suspension powdercoated black
Billet reservoir clamps
Factory 4.10 gears
Cognito upper control arms
Interior/Sound System

5 percent windshield tint
50 percent driver and passenger window tint
JVC head unit
JL Audio subwoofers in custom white fiberglass box
JL Audio components
JL Audio sub/component amplifiers with white accent plates
Rostra power windows
iPod integration
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Exterior

FiberwerX front prerunner fenders with custom inner fenders
Color-matched OEM grille shell
Wicked custom-built grille inserts with ARP bolts
Color-matched door and tailgate handles
Color-matched mirrors
Color-matched hood louvers
Flat black “landing strip” on hood
Color-matched end caps on Amp Research steps
Fab Fours color-matched front bumper (including inside of bumper)
Fab Fours color-matched rear bumper (including inside of bumper)
De-badged door emblems
Color-matched windshield cowl
Color-matched front Chevy emblem with gloss black lines
Gloss black rear Chevy emblem
Amp Research BedStep
Amp Research Power Steps
Color-matched Amp Research BedStep trim
Hornblasters four-bell train horn
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Exterior Lighting

Anzo CCFL black headlights with HIDs
Recon smoked LED taillights
Recon smoked LED third brake light
Recon smoked LED side marker lights
Recon smoked LED dualie-style tailgate light frenched into tailgate backplate
HIDs in Fab Fours foglights
LED suspension and inner fender lighting (white)
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Engine Components

H&S Black Maxx tuner setup
4-inch Flo-Pro dual exhaust
Twin 8-inch Flo-Pro black exhaust tips
S&B intake
AFE intake manifold/horn
EGR blocker plate
Turbo silencer removed
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Wheels/Tires

24-inch white Wicked Wheels
Custom 5-inch-long chrome diamond-cut spikes
37x13.50x24 Toyo M/T tires

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