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  • 2008 Chevrolet 2500 HD 4x4 CrewCab LB - Armored Transport

2008 Chevrolet 2500 HD 4x4 CrewCab LB - Armored Transport

A Riveting Daily Driver

Apr 20, 2015
Photographers: Jeremy Cook
Sean "Pitbull" Baisden is no stranger to the performance world, and got his start on the mean streets of the Southern California street racing scene where he earned his nickname. After a brief stint in the military, Sean opened up a performance shop in Texas and later moved back to SoCal to work for companies like Paxton Superchargers, Turbonetics, Innovative Turbos, and Magnuson Superchargers running the gamut from sales, fabrication, media coverage, and managing racing events. After years of bouncing around, but gaining a head full of knowledge, Sean relocated to his current home in Albuquerque to become the Shop Foreman at Motiva Performance.
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With more than a few custom builds under his belt, Sean wanted to take his freshly bought '08 Chevy 2500 HD and gave it a few upgrades with a lift, intake, exhaust, interior swap, and a booming stereo. Having rolled around for a few years with a completely different look, Sean decided to rip the HD apart make it into a tribute to his military days. What started out as Christmas present to himself, became the big and mean bomber on wheels that you see here.
The suspension was the first to be addressed with Kelderman air springs, a Kelderman four-link setup front and rear, and an Accuair system giving him a choice of three different heights all the way up to 13 inches at its peak as Fox 2-inch reservoir shocks were added to go with the 3-inch body lift. Hellwig sway bars in the front and a custom rear sway bar helped to smooth things out. A Dana 60 front axle was added to strengthen the only weak point of the suspension and with all the adjustable components make this 9,000-pound beast ride as comfortable as a barcalounger.
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The Duramax was already pumping out horsepower but with the addition of an Injen cold air intake, a healthy tune from Motiva and a reworking of the turbocharger, (it helps to work at a performance shop), a 5-inch Ansa turbo -exhaust that has no mufflers and dumps over the top of the rearend, bumped up the numbers to 500 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.
The body received a complete redo with the addition of a Royalty Core custom grille, Trail Ready front and rear bumpers with PIAA 4- and 6-inch lights mounted in the front and Vision X-lights mounted in the rear, blacked-out headlights and taillights, front fenders that were stretched 3 inches and rear fenders that were flared out 1.5 inches, with a curved 52-inch lightbar mounted on the windshield and a 20-inch lightbar mounted on the bumper. The truck has a paint scheme that gives a nod to his armed service duty with over 2,000 hand painted rivets that form plate sections all over the body. The paint was shot over the whole surface, and through the use of some black lines with careful multi-directional sanding, the look of a WWII bomber took shape.
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Inside the cabin, the gauges were restyled with a set from US Speedo, the steering wheel hoop was replaced with a Grant wheel while retaining the stock inner portion, the seat skins were swapped with leather set from Classic Soft Trim leather seat kit with a custom logo, leather and suede inserts covered the doors, while a gunmetal suede headliner rounded things out. The stereo could wake the dead with an Alpine X009-GM head unit, two downward facing Bass Box for 12-inch subs, two 12-inch Focals under the seats with a Focal 900.1 mono amp, two Focal 900.6 six channel amps, with Focal 3.5- and two 6-inch mids in each door.
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While looking show ready, Sean designed this truck to be a daily driver and has already put over 100,000 miles on it. "I drive this truck almost every day and have put it through some heavy hauling pulling a toybox when we go out for some desert fun," Sean says. "It drives like a dream and I know that it's got the power to get me through anything. Ever since my military days I have wanted to have a paint scheme like this and love the way it turned out."
As this is the second version of this truck, we hope it stays this way. It'd be a shame to have to decommission it.
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Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Chevy 2500 HD 4X4 Crew Cab LB
Owner and City/State: Sean Baisden; Albuquerque, NM
Front Suspension: Kelderman 'bags with Accuair system, Kelderman four-link front and rear
Shocks: 2-inch Fox Shocks with reservoir, Kelderman 13-inch suspension lift with 3-inch body lift
Brakes: Wilwood 16-inch rotor, six-piston calipers, steel braided brake lines
Engine: Injen cold air intake, Optima Yellow Top battery, 5-inch ANSA turbo back with no muffler dumping over top of rearend, 4.10 gears
Rear fenders stretched 3 inches and flared 1.5 inches, Royalty Core grille, Trail Ready front and rear bumper, 54-gallon Transfer Flow tank, body painted to mimic the panels of WWII bomber with 2,000 hand-painted rivets
US Speedos gauge overlay, Grant steering wheel, Classic Soft Trim leather seat kit with custom logo, gunmetal suede headliner, leather and suede door panels
Stereo: Alpine X009-GM head unit, two Bass Box enclosures with 12-inch Focal subs, with Focal 900.1 mono amp, two Focal 900.6 six-channel amps, Focal 3.5-inch and two 6-inch mids in each door
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x10 BMF Novakane
Tires: 40/15.5/22 Toyo Open Country
Special Thanks: Pitbull Motortoyz, King Kong Customs, Upholstery Zone