2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 - Identity Crisis
Making a 2003 Silverado More Personal
When searching for a truck to buy, sometimes it is almost easier to buy a truck that has already been customized. This means you have a turnkey, badass truck. The problem is, it may not be your personal style. Javier Hernandez, of Parlier, California, ran into this scenario when he was looking for a clean, ‘bagged daily driver. He found the perfect one in a 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500. So, he decided to buy it to take his mind off of a current project that wasn’t going anywhere.
After enjoying the truck for a few weeks, Javier decided he wanted to change it up some and make it his own. He left the front alone, which consisted of McGaughys spindles and Slam Specialties RE-7 ‘bags. He did redo the back half with a custom four-link and matching RE-7 ‘bags. FTS chrome shocks provide a smooth ride with minimal bounce. Javier decided to keep the 22-inch Bonspeed Laguna wheels, but he had alternating spokes painted red to match the frame and future paintjob.
In order to change the overall look of the truck, Javier took the truck to Jeremy Spate, in Caruthers, California. The first thing Jeremy did was swap in a 2006 front clip for a newer, refreshed look. He then shaved the stake pockets in the bed, antenna, tailgate handle, and rear bumper in favor of a rollpan. The whole truck was then sanded and prepped for an exciting new paint scheme. For a base, a custom-mixed pewter was sprayed top to bottom. Following that up, a set of tribal over traditional flames was laid down and sprayed in House of Kolor Kandy Red. The whole truck was sealed with clear and cut and buffed for a glossy look.
To continue the revamp of his truck, Javier gutted the interior and started from scratch. The seats were chopped and wrapped in leather and suede. Many of the interior plastics were painted Kandy Red to match the exterior. A Pioneer head unit was installed for better sound, which feeds two Alpine amps powering a pair of 8-inch Digital Design subs and four Alpine 6½ -inch components in the doors. A billet steering wheel and several billet accent pieces brighten up the interior and add some flair. Javier could finally call the truck his own. He had changed it up to match his styling and couldn’t wait to cruise the boulevard. He wanted to send a shout out to all the guys who helped on the build, Jeremy Spate, Frank Villa, and his wife and kids for hanging in their with him during the sleepless nights getting it ready for Danger Zone 2012.