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2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted Vol. 2

From Salvaged to Show Winner

Phil Gordon
Sep 2, 2014
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Owning an autobody shop comes with certain advantages. In the case of 34-year-old Mike Hathaway of Pensacola, Florida, those advantages landed him a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado work truck. A friend of his brought the truck into Hathaway Designs after he had an accident. The entire front end was missing and the truck was badly in need of a complete autobody repair. With his friend’s limited insurance, he considered the truck a complete loss and offered Mike the entire truck as-is for $600.
With full knowledge of how to create a show winner, Mike, his brother JJ, and friends George Cabico and Ronnie Watson removed the body off the frame and stock-floor body-dropped it to lay the rocker panels on the ground. They added drop spindles and tubular control arms with Dominator air ride in front and raised the upper control arm mounts to help with the camber. In the rear they added a Moser Fab 9 rearend with a custom four-link and Dominator air ride as well as a custom fuel cell and QA1 shocks. Once the suspension was completed, the frame was powdercoated to help avoid rust.
As a huge fan of the later GM front clips, Mike wanted to take his new Chevy a little further than most people. He decided to pull a 2010 Chevy Tahoe front end and removed four different fenders. He cut the fenders in half using only the top and front corner of the Tahoe and the rest from the Silverado. All the handles were removed, the antenna was frenched, and the rear bumper was sucked up for a visually tighter fit.
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Mike went to Automotive Painter Supply in Pensacola and grabbed some PPG white basecoat and laid out a solid white paintjob. The next step was taking PPG yellow and adding some bright flames to the front. Mike laid down some PPG bright silver pearl and lime green pinstripe and clearcoated the entire truck. The bedliner was coated in the same yellow for the flowing effect.
When it came time to change the cabin, Mike brought the Chevy to Johnson Trim in Pensacola. The hardworking team added a dark brown carpet and dyed all the inside plastic brown. The dashboard, headliner, and seats were carefully wrapped in tobacco brown and mocha brown in the King Ranch–style leather. Minor interior additions included an Acrophobia rearview mirror and a billet steering wheel. A custom exhaust was installed and rerouted out the wheelwell by Sal’s Muffler and Brakes. The final touch was mounting the 24-inch Martin Bros. Sharktooth wheels on Pirelli 275/30R24 P Zero rubber.
Mike wishes to thank his wife Becky Hathaway, his brother JJ Carney, Automotive Painter Supply, Johnson Trim Shop, Sal’s Muffler and Brakes, Marcus from M/T Designs, Rubber Specialties, University Auto Recycler, George Cabico, and Ronnie Watson. What started from a “wasted” truck, Mike salvaged the Chevy spirit and created a metal masterpiece appreciated by his wife and two sons, Vaughn and Ian.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner: Mike Hathaway
City/State: Pensacola, FL
Club Affiliation: Acrophobia
ENGINE
Type: Stock 5.3L with custom intake and exhaust
DRIVETRAIN
Rearend: Moser Fab 9
CHASSIS
Front Suspension: Drop spindles, tubular control arms, QA1 shocks
Rear Suspension: Custom four-link, Dominator air ride, QA1 shocks
Brakes: Stock, painted
BODY
Mods: Completely shaved with ’10 Tahoe front end
Interior: Custom with mocha leather
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: 24x10 Martin Bros. Sharktooth
Tires: Pirelli P-Zero 275/30R24

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