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2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie - Inferno

A Spark Creates an Eternal Flame

Dan Ward
Jun 20, 2014
Photographers: The Staff of 8-Lug
Everyone remembers his or her first time: first love, first speeding ticket and, of course, first custom truck. The year was 2004 and Matt Spence of Houston, Texas, made a big splash in the Texas custom scene when we debuted his 2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie that featured a slammed stance, 24-inch wheels, and killer two-tone paintjob. Best of all, the truck wasn't just a show piece—he used it to tow a three-car hauler with more prized possessions on top of it. Admittedly, we use the phrase "tow, show, and go" more often than we should, but in the case of this Chevy dualie, it truly is the case.
Fast-forward 10 years, and Matt's Chevy 3500HD was looking a little tired. Thousands of miles towing and hundreds of shows later, it was time for the Bow Tie to receive some much-needed TLC. Rather than sell it and start over, Matt commissioned a talented group of builders to resurrect his tow pig. The end result is the flame-covered menace to traffic found on these pages.
Photo 2/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Rear View
Ekstensive Metalworks, also in Houston, handled the air-ride suspension complete with custom upper and lower A-arms, relocated upper mounts, and massive Firestone airbags. Out back, a heavy-duty four-link with 4,500-pound Firestone airbags supports the weight of most trailers, and a wild tubular gooseneck is comprised of more than 60 feet of tubing and makes hooking up the fifth-wheel trailer a jaw-dropping affair. Tucked under each fender are massive 24-inch Alcoa wheels with 295/35R24 Nexen tires. Each wheel was powdercoated black, and the center caps were anodized bright red for a sinister look.
Speaking of sinister looks, the paint was expertly applied by Max Maxwell of Maxed Out Designs in Houston. DuPont black was sprayed from nose to tail, and DuPont Candy Apple Red flames were sprayed with airbrushed skulls within the licks. The look is nothing short of incredible. A red anodized billet grille, Bow Tie, and mirror caps add to the custom appearance. Smoked Recon cab marker lights and third brake light round out the mods.
Inside the four doors, Junior's Upholstery of Conroe, Texas, wrapped the seats in black ostrich leather with red leather inserts, and while they were at it, they covered each pillar and the custom center console in matching black ostrich. The custom center console also houses two 12-inch subs and a 7-inch monitor. The dash was painted black and each piece of billet, including the B.A.D. steering wheel, was anodized red to match the exterior.
Rather than give up on a good truck, Matt chose to keep the fire burning. Much like JFK's memorial, this flame is eternal.
Photo 3/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Interior
Opening the doors reveals a sea of black ostrich and red leather.
Photo 4/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Dash View
The custom center console houses two 12-inch subs and a 7-inch screen for passenger enjoyment.
Photo 5/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Bed View
Not just for show, Matt's HD is constantly used to tow trailers of all types and sizes. This custom gooseneck was also built by Ekstensive.
Photo 6/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Wheels
Thanks to Ekstensive Metalworks in Houston, the Chevy dualie can tuck 24-inch wheels with ease. The red anodized center cap really set off the black powdercoated wheels.
Photo 7/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Paint Detail
Maxed Out Designs handled the DuPont paintjob. Inside the flame licks are skulls, and several skulls even managed to find themselves under the flames.
Photo 8/8   |   2001 Chevrolet 3500HD Dualie Steering Wheel
Every piece of billet aluminum found in the interior was anodized red, including this sinister B.A.D. steering wheel.

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