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  • 2014 Chevy Silverado Z71 1500 - Tailgate Jam Session

2014 Chevy Silverado Z71 1500 - Tailgate Jam Session

Instant Party in any Parking Lot

Mar 13, 2015
Photographers: Jeremy Cook
Nothing is more down-home than having a tailgate party. Gathering friends to have a few beverages and do some grilling is practically a necessity before a football game or concert. It originated right here in the good old U.S. of A. and has become a time-honored pastime. Texaco wanted to continue on that tradition and pull out all the stops in order to make the ultimate party truck to give away to some lucky winner. The idea was to take an ordinary truck bed and transform it into a rolling party platform ready to rock out whenever or wherever the destination may be. Wanting to take the tailgate party theme a few steps beyond the norm, Texaco approached LGE-CTS in San Dimas, California, to design the ultimate party setup in the bed of this ’14 Chevy Z71 1500 4x4. Truck beds are a natural holding area for tailgate supplies, but this time the party gets shifted to the bed!
The transformation started with the addition of a Rancho Loaded quickLift leveling kit in the front and a set of Rancho shocks in the rear to give it just the right stance and a little more travel to handle all the partying that would be going on in the bed. Then, Dick Cepek kicked in a set of 20x9 Torque wheels and a quartet of 285/55/20 Fun Country radials to make it roll right.
Photo 2/10   |   Custom 2014 Chevy Silverado Side Shot
The body received a muted two-tone paintjob, all from BASF, in flat black on top and gloss black on bottom, all separated by a thick red stripe that goes all the way from the bed angling up the front fenders and shooting down the hood. The door handles and bumpers were color matched, as all the other removable chrome pieces were tossed. Any other surface was color matched to continue the red and black theme. A clean, T-Rex mesh grille was added in place of the bulky factory piece, while the outer grille shell was blacked out. AMP Research power running boards were added to aid getting in and out since it was raised a bit, but quickly tuck themselves out of sight.
Since the bed was where all the action was going to take place, a whole laundry list of mods went into making it into a dream hangout spot. At the front of the bed, a frame was custom-built out of 1-inch box steel to house the mixing board and the 39-inch smart TV that rises up from its hiding place at the flick of a switch. The framework also houses the mounting points for the removable QVS loudspeakers complete with microphone, Behringer Eurorack Pro RX1602 mixing board, and customized Gibson Les Paul guitar so the party can turn into an impromptu jam session pretty quickly. Tucked out of sight are a set of Kinetic batteries and a Harbor Freight 12-volt/1,500-watt power inverter to power all the electronics. A set of custom bench seats were created so partiers can have a place to sit, but pulls double duty as they house a DVD player, electronic lift controls for the TV, a microphone, iPod plug to play some tunes, and the stomp pedal for the guitar. Where the tailgating really comes in is when the custom-built cooler and red powdercoated Weber barbecue swings out on a modified platform over the rear edge of the bed and locks into place. A BakFlip folding tonneau cover was installed so all tailgating essentials can be stowed away safely and kept out of the elements.
Photo 3/10   |   2014 Chevy Silverado Music Area
While the outside got the full party treatment, the interior received some love too. A set of Katzkin leather seat skins were slipped over the seats to plush it up a little, and Alpine came through to upgrade the sound with four 6.5-inch speakers in the front and rear with a 340-watt four-channel amp, two 10-inch subs that have their own 650-watt amp, and a rear seat drop-down DVD player.
The masters of fabrication over at LGE-CTS have really knocked it out of the park with this one, creating an all-inclusive tailgate truck ready for a party at the drop of a hat. Seeing this truck in full swing would make anyone want to pop a cold one, grill up a burger or five and pull out their best karaoke. Parking lot not provided.
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Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Texaco, San Ramon, CA
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 1500 4x4
Engine
Exhaust: MagnaFlow dual cat-back system
Chassis
Front Suspension: Rancho Loaded quickLift leveling kit
Rear Suspension: Rancho shocks
Body
Mods: Two-tone flat black and gloss black paint with red stripe, color-matched door handles and bumpers, T-Rex grille, AMP Research power running board, Wheels painted to match exterior, deleted factory badging and trim, billet Texaco badging, all work performed by LGE-CTS in San Dimas, CA
Bed Mods: Custom-built box to house sound system and hide-away 39-inch Smart TV, two 1,000-watt PA speakers, Behringer Eurorack Pro RX1602 mixing board, Kinetic batteries, Harbor Freight power inverter, powdercoated Weber barbecue and custom-built ice chest on a custom-built swivel platform, custom-built flip-down bench seats, all custom-built by LGE-CTS, Gibson guitar with stand, BakFlip folding tonneau cover, bed floor covered by Deluxe Interiors in San Dimas
Interior
Mods: Katzkin seat cover kit
Stereo: Front speakers SPR-60C 6.5-inch, rear SPR-60 6.5-inch, front/rear amp PDR-F50, two SWT-104S subs with custom box, sub amp PDR-M65, rear seat PKG-RSE3 DVD player all provided by Alpine
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x9 Dick Cepek Torque wheels
Tires: 285/55/20 Dick Cepek Fun Country radial tires

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