2006 Chevrolet Silverado - Another Toy

This former coal mine truck is still working

Bob Carpenter
Feb 4, 2015
Photographers: Bob Carpenter
When Tim Burchette of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, headed over to Hazard, Kentucky (yes, where the Dukes of Hazzard were from) to look at an old ’06 Chevy Silverado that had lived its life working for a coal mine, he wasn’t certain what kind of shape it might be in. He wanted a truck that he could build up and customize for his commercial sign business called Burchette Sign Corporation, located in Greensboro. After all, it’s always good to show up at the job looking like a pro.
It turned out that the truck wasn’t in too bad of shape. With 168,000 miles on the odometer and 10,000 hours on the engine, you can do the math and figure out that the Chevy simply idled for a good portion of its life (it’s cold there in coal country!).
Photo 2/10   |   Tim Burchette bought this ’06 Chevy for $5,000 and turned it into a rolling advertisement for his commercial sign business, Burchette Sign Corporation.
The Silverado was a base level work truck with no extras, as would be expected. No power windows, auto locking doors, or cruise control were to be found on this one. The cab’s only addition was rubber floor mats. After some negotiating, Tim forked over $5,000 for the truck and headed home.
“The first thing I did,” he says, “was remove all the seats and the headliner. Then I cleaned it.” He put in a new headliner and leather seats then went to the junkyard and got a new bed and tailgate for the truck, plus a cowl hood. Another nod to body styling came in the form of a roll pan in place of the rear bumper.
Photo 3/10   |   An Airaid intake combines with a ProFab downpipe and MBRP exhaust to beef up the engine’s lungs.
Then Tim and his buddies from Skidmark Racing rebuilt the front differential with new bearings and seals; an E-Locker was also added. The transfer case got new seals, bearings, and a pump wear kit from Skidmark Racing. A new Stage III Sun Coast transmission with a 2,500-rpm stall converter was also installed in the truck.
Since the front end components were fairly worn out, Tim went ahead and replaced them while making an upgrade in the process. He put in a new centerlink, tie rods, idler arm, pitman arm, and limit straps (to stop the toe-in problem without using a bunch of special parts).
Before the Chevy was road-ready, Tim installed a 6-inch lift kit from RCX and then put on a set of KMC XD Diesel wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires. Bilstein shocks and custom traction bars from Skidmark Racing finished off the suspension. The exhaust is from MBRP while the intake is a Super Flow cold boost tube by All Season Diesel with an Airaid filter. Tim added a ProFab downpipe by Rick Lance. The engine is controlled by EFILive, custom tuned by Kamron Burchette at Skidmark Racing, and a DSP5 switch. A FASS fuel/air separator keeps the fuel in good shape.
Photo 4/10   |   A 6-inch lift from RCX makes room for the 20-inch wheels and Mickey Thompson tires.
The vinyl body wrap was, of course, designed and installed by Burchette Sign Corporation in Greensboro, North Carolina. And that’s the part that really helps promote Tim’s business.
But Tim doesn’t just use the truck for work—he plays with it, too. So far, his best quarter-mile dragstrip time is 12.98 seconds at 138 mph—pretty impressive for a 7,000-pound work truck! Tim also uses the truck to haul a variety of work and play things. You never know what will show up behind this truck. Sometimes it’s a Bobcat, then a boat, then a race truck or UTV. One thing is guaranteed: This truck is getting more miles now than during its former coal mine life!
’06 Chevrolet Silverado
OWNER: Tim Burchette
HOMETOWN: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
ENGINE: 6.6L Duramax
INDUCTION: Airaid intake, All Season Diesel Super Flow cold boost tube
EXHAUST: MBRP dual 4-inch
FUELING: FASS 150-gph lift pump
ENGINE MANAGEMENT: EFILive tuning and DSP5 tuning switch
HORSEPOWER: 535 hp
TRANSMISSION: Stage III Sun Coast–built Allison
REAREND: 11.5-inch AAM with Yukon Grizzly Locker
FLUIDS: Shell Rotella, NAPA
SUSPENSION: RCX 6-inch lift; custom limit straps (front); custom SMR (Skidmark Racing) traction bars (rear)
AUDIO/VISUAL: Pioneer DVD, CD, GPS with backup camera
ACCESSORIES: BD Diesel manifold, Dirty Hooker Diesel boost tubes and ProFab downpipe
WHEELS: KMC XD Series Diesel
TIRES: 305/55/R20 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ
ODOMETER: 181,000 miles
FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg
WEIGHT: 7,000 pounds
SPECIAL THANKS: Keaton Burchette, Kamron Burchette
FUN FACT: “Daily driver, pulling, drag racing, dirt drags, and towing. We just installed an S467 BorgWarner turbo, 100-percent-over Exergy injectors, and a Motorsports Diesel 2mm stroker CP3 pump, and it should make around 700 hp now.”

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