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2005 Chevy Silverado - Carizzma

America’s Top Show Truck

Jacob Jackson
Jan 1, 2013
Photographers: Les Bidrawn
Photo 2/14   |   1301tr 01 2005 Chevy Silverado Lexani Dial Wheels
What do a dirty high-mileage dualie, off-road-tire–equipped Raptor, and 700hp race truck all have in common? Each truck is purpose-built to perform at a high level and handle business at any given opportunity. Steven Harris of League City, Texas also has a purpose-built truck, but don't expect to see it romping in the mud, ripping around a track, or towing a camper. Reason being, Steven wanted a show truck, and after spending a pretty penny on one-off mods that will make your jaw drop to the pavement, he has what could easily be considered America's top show truck. Looking at the details will boggle your mind—chopped top, wild 180-degree-opening front doors, classic Chevy interior, oh, and it lays out on 30s. You read that right, the '05 Silverado is tucking 30-inch Lexani wheels, but it pulls off the look thanks to custom paint and metal work you may not notice at first glance. Read on for the details.
In the Houston area there are shows nearly every weekend and Steven was growing tired of seeing the same trucks take home all of the trophies. Making a deal with himself to build something that would truly stand out, he took his ideas to the city of Alvin, Texas, home to Alamo Customs and Daily Grind Fabrication. At each of those respective shops, Steven laid out a detailed plan to do some things no one had seen before. Both Robert Meza of Alamo and Zack Hammond of Daily Grind agreed to put in long hours on the Silverado with hopes to achieve the lofty goal. As for Robert, he and his team at Alamo would chop the top a full 3 inches, shave everything that could be shaved, add custom hinges to the front doors allowing them to open a full 180 degrees, fabricate rear barn doors for the tailgate, and create a sheetmetal bed. On top of these metal masteries, Alamo closed all of the fender, door, and bed gaps, and also created a sheetmetal front rear bumper, modified a Chevy HD hood to clear the 30s, and extended that hood 5½ inches to clear the cowl. The list doesn't end there, the Alamo team also fabricated a sheetmetal grille with woven stainless mesh and old school Chevrolet logo, used Lexus LS460 exhaust tips for the taillights, and made custom door handles that stealthily hide in the paint. It's an amazing amount of work, and the details are endless. With this amount of body mods and bodywork, the paint had to be perfect, and thankfully it is. Using BASF RM Carizzma Cinnamon Quartz Pearl, the truck shifts from a candy red, to copper, to a vibrant burnt orange. It's stunning.
Photo 3/14   |   Somewhere, a ’55 Chevy is missing its steel dash and steering wheel. It looks right at home inside Steven’s ’05, thanks to the Dakota Digital gauges.
"The VIN tag is the only original thing on the truck. Everything has been cut, modified and remade."
That's just the body and paint, folks. In order to lay out this Chevy on 30s, the suspension had to be perfectly dialed in as well. Zack Hammond of Daily Grind Fabrications was up to the task. He welded up a custom 1¼ DOM frame with one-off tubular upper and lower A-arms, Slam RE-7 'bags, and Monroe shocks. Out back, a wishbone three-link brings the narrowed Chevy rearend down. Viair compressors feed a seven-gallon tank, while eight ⅜-inch SMC valves handle the airflow. Once the suspension was exactly how the Harris family wanted it, each piece was meticulously torn down and sent out for paint, chrome plating, and powdercoating. With the air out of the 'bags, the Chevy easily swallows up 30-inch Lexani Dial wheels wrapped in Triace 275/25R30 tires. Once the Silverado is on the ground, people just start guessing, "Are those 26s, 28s…holy cow, they're 30s!" Yep, they're massive.
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Photo 9/14   |   1301tr 10 2005 Chevy Silverado Rolling Shot
Powering the Chevy is a built LS1 making nearly 400 hp, but it's the engine's good looks that really garner show points. A billet March Performance serpentine setup, GMPP smooth valve covers, polished Weiand intake, and Sanderson headers do an incredible job of cleaning up the Corvette engine. The clean style continues inside the truck, thanks to Interiors by Design, also in Alvin.
While there, the cabin was gutted and fitted with a stretched '55 Chevy sheetmetal dash, '55 Chevy steering wheel, and Dakota Digital gauges. Custom-made seats were wrapped in two-tone Ultraleather, while German weave carpet and a single piece leather headliner add class to the Chevy. Custom is a word used often with this truck, and the floating console is definitely unique. Lupe, at Texas Made Audio handled the stereo system, which is run off of an iPad 2 docked at the base of the console. It feeds MP4 audio to two Rockford Fosgate amps powering Alpine Type R components in each kick panel, while two Kicker L7 subs pound out the bass.
Photo 10/14   |   These trick door handles pop out and then can be used as a lever to open the door. It’s these clever yet subtle mods that most people don’t notice until several times walking around the truck.
The truck has rightfully earned top trophies at each show it has attended. With an impressive show display and a long list of mods, this may just be the best show truck in America. Steven was quick to thank his family, the Alamo crew, Zack, and BASF for their help.

Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2005 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Steven Harris • League City, Texas
Type: LS1 from '99 Corvette
Cam: Comp Cams .569 lift
Induction: Weiand aluminum LS1
Exhaust: Sanderson LS swap headers with 2½-inch Flowmaster
System: Scorpion billet fuel rails
Engine Management: Custom engine wiring harness and ECU tune by Jake Brown of Brown Speed
Output: 385 hp
Built by: Zack Hammond of Daily Grind Fabrication
Photo 11/14   |   No big surprise here, the LS1 engine is dressed to the nines just like the rest of the truck.
Transmission: 4L60
Rearend: '99 Chevy 10-bolt narrowed 5½ inches
Front suspension: Daily Grind Fabrications custom upper and lower A-arms, Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags, Monroe shocks
Rear suspension: Wishbone three-link, Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags, Monroe shocks
Brakes: Baer
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 30x10 Lexani Dial
Tires: 275/25R30 Triace



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