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2007 Chevrolet Silverado - 1800 Miles and Running

Going that extra distance to get her back home

Grant Cox
Nov 1, 2015
Photographers: Grant Cox
For Nathan McGregor, the custom truck scene has been a part of his life for over 22 years. His diverse history of trucks has allowed him to build anything from a bodied Chevy short wheelbase dualie to a 'bodied Toyota Tacoma to even a body-dropped Astro van. Rolling around with his second family, Negative Camber, Nathan has been given some sweet nicknames in the truck world, such as "Stewart" or even "Angry Stewart" given to him by the late Courtney Halowell.
Nathan felt it was time to get back into a new custom truck, but wanted something different from what he has owned in the past. Since the '07-'13 GMT-900 body style was introduced, Nathan could tell that this was something he was going to have in his garage at some point.
In 2013, Ike Ray from Council Hill, Oklahoma, introduced his latest flamed creation, a '07 Chevy Silverado body dropped on 26-inch Racelines with flames that started at the bottom of the lower front fender and ended back on the bedside. Once Nathan saw Ike's Chevy he immediately fell in love with his truck. After the truck went to several car shows in the Midwest Ike decided to see what the truck could bring in, since he was getting such good feedback. This gave Nathan an opportunity to own Ike's truck and keep it in the Negative Camber family. As fate would have it, timing was not on his side and the truck was sold off to a new owner in California.
After hearing the truck had a new home, Nathan felt like this was the one that slipped through his fingers. To his surprise, after a year of soaking up some sun on the West Coast. the current owner, Steve Yeager Jr. (yes, son of Steve Yeager from Dodgers fame), decided he wasn't able to give the truck the road and show time it truly deserved. He decided it was time to let her go off to a new owner that would be able to give the truck the needed attention. News got to Nathan that he would have a second chance to own Ike's old truck. Without a hesitation, a phone call was made to Steve to make plans to go to California to pick it up.
Photo 2/12   |   03 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Engine
With Nathan's good friend Jeff Phiffer, plane tickets were purchased with the plan to drive the truck back home to return to its Negative Camber family in Collierville, Tennessee. The 1,800-mile drive was a long stretch, but the truck was made to be driven, and he was going to do just that. With a self-induced caffeine and sugar high along with a few crazy shenanigans, the nonstop trip had landed them back home without a single issue.
Plans are in place for the truck to go under the knife once again for a few unique changes. The newly designed truck will be brought back out later this year. Until then, Nathan will be cruising the show circuit with the truck in its current form. Now that there is another body-dropped truck sitting in his garage, Nathan is sure glad to be back into the hobby he loves.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State: Nathan McGregor, Collierville TN
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
Chasis:
Front: Ekstensive lower control arms, retapered stock spindles, 2,600-pound airlift 'bags
Rear: Wishbone 3-link, axle narrowed 8 inches, Firestone F9000 sleeve 'bags
Other: SMC 3/8-inch valves, 5-gallon tank, 3/8-inch line, Camozzi nickel plated fittings, 480 dual pack Viair compressors, AZ digital gauges, 21-gallon fuel cell behind axle, raised bed floor, engine lowered 2 inches, extended wiring harness to relocated fuse block (by Gary Gilliland), custom-built two-piece driveshaft, 3x4-inch rectangle tubing used under the cab for the body drop, redrilled axles and rear rotors to complete rear 5-lug conversion, by Jake McKiddie at Phat Phabrikationz in Oklahoma City, OK
Engine:
5.3L LS, Hedman shorty headers, 3-inch exhaust, MagnaFlow muffler, LS2 intake, cold air intake
Body Shaved handles, tailgate handle, top of tailgate, third brake light, roll pan, bed tops and stake pockets, and gas tank filler door, clear glass all the way around, pop-up gas cap in bed, tinted bedliner, basecoat and clear (House of Kolor), all by Ike Ray and Kyle Jones, flames by Cole Stevens
Interior:
Katzkin leather by Curtis Enchos, leather wrapping by Don Aldridge, door pods and center console by David Adams at Kicker Audio Stereo: Head unit is an iPad; Kicker IX 400.4, IX 1000.1, two CRT 12s under back seat in custom-made enclosure, and four RS 6.5s in doors; installed by David Adams at Kicker Audio in Stillwater, OK
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26x10, Raceline Static
Tires: 265/30R26, Versatyre TRX-5000
Photo 3/12   |   09 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Interior Stereo System

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