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2008 Chevrolet Silverado - It's Not Just Farm Trucks and Ranch Rigs In Texas

Texas Gold – La Araztrada

Mike Alexander
Dec 14, 2015
Photographers: Brian Goude
Whoever said that building a vehicle in your garage is just for “the old guys” was obviously not aware of how many talented young guns are out there now taking after their forefathers and getting their hands dirty on builds of their own. Passed down from generation to generation, wrenching on your own ride is something we all take pride in, and we're not just talking about your granddad's Deuce coupe or Uncle Charlie's '69 Mustang. It's a new era and a new game and building new body custom trucks is definitely alive and well!
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This fine piece of machinery is owned by one of those new age garage builders, 28-year-old Alex Martinez. While his father was certainly an inspiration for this build, it was all about trying new things and doing what others said couldn't be done. Bought straight off the lot in ‘07, this ‘08 Silverado started life like any other truck. But thanks to a little motivation from Dad, a good group of friends, and Alex's custom passion, it turned into a hefty seven-year build that made its debut on the show circuit earlier this year at Lone Star Throwdown.
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Named “La Araztrada,” loosely translated to “The Dragged,” Alex's Silverado is oozing with custom details. Up front, you'll find a ‘12 HD front end with a modified bumper, followed by modified and flared fenders. A fully smoothed body leads to shaved emblems, bed notches, tailgate, and even taillights. Grab for a door handle and you'll quickly figure out that they, along with the gas cap and third brake light, have been shaved clean. Dig a bit deeper and you'll see that the truck opens in suicide style, even with the hood tilting the opposite direction from what the factory intended.
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Under the hood, you'll find a Hypercenter-built LS1 engine with ported heads, an upgraded LS2 intake, and a 3-inch Borla exhaust. Running powerfully on all eight cylinders, this LS setup cranks out about 500 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. With all that power under the hood, the Silverado has to have a firm grip, which is taken care of by 24x9.5 and 26x12 Intro J-R5 hoops wrapped in 255/35R24 and 295/30R26 Lexani rubber. Keeping these puppies planted to the ground are DJM spindles up front, a five-link setup in the rear and Monroe shocks all the way around. Stopping power comes from SSBC performance brakes with all-aluminum brake lines. Not only is the truck channeled and set over a boxed frame, giving it a 4-inch body drop, it's also ‘bagged with Slam Specialties gear to achieve the perfect adjustable stance.
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Moving to the interior, Alex chose a Serrano color for the custom seats, which allows the House of Kolor Sunset Yellow/Tri Color Pearl paint scheme to stand out. But that doesn't mean that the rest of the interior is outshined. With a hidden A/C unit, wrapped and painted steering wheel, and suede headliner, the interior draws all attention to the dash, which features a custom flush-mount iPad surround. While Alex was told a custom molding like this couldn't be done to look right, he proved the naysayers wrong and uses the iPad as his stereo head unit, which features Rockford Fosgate subs in a custom center console enclosure, Fosgate amps, and a number of 6-inch component speakers all around.
To build the truck, Alex did a lot of the work himself, but he also employed the help of a number of friends and industry professionals, including the guys from Bad Boy Kustoms, Pete Cantu, Justin Gonzalaz, Tony Marcos, Danny Ramirez, and the R2R Truckings club crew. Along the way, Alex learned a handful of valuable lessons – do some research and know who you take your ride to, as some things are just better done by yourself and a few friends.
Having now taken his truck to a couple of shows, knocking the dust off the long-term build, you're sure to find Alex and La Araztrada at a number of events this year and next. If you do, be sure to swing by and check out just how nice of a build one of those next-gen garage builders put out, with a little help from his closest friends.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2008 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Alex Martinez; Edinburg, Texas
Club Affiliation: R2R Truckings
Engine: Hypercenter-built ‘12 LS1, 228/235 camshaft, K&N intake, 3-inch Borla exhaust, LS dress-up components
Body Mods: Channeled, flared fenders, suicide doors and hood, shaved handles, bed notches, emblems, tailgate, gas cap and roll pan, ‘12 HD front end with modified bumper, billet grille, 8-inch LED bar taillights, sunroof, House of Kolor Sunset Yellow/Tri Color Pearl
Front suspension: Boxed frame, bridged, 4-inch body drop, DJM spindles, Monroe shocks, Slam Specialties SS8 ‘bags
Rear suspension: Five-link, Monroe shocks, Slam Specialties SS8 ‘bags
Wheels: 24x9.5-inch Intro/J-R5 and 26x12-inch Intro/J-R5
Tires: Lexani 255/35R24 and 295/30/R26
Interior: Custom Serrano seats with shaved headrests, Russet carpet, suede headliner, custom flush-mount iPad molded in dash, A/C hidden in the glovebox, wrapped and painted steering wheel, custom mesh vents, custom glow shift psi gauge location, Rockford Fosgate amps and subs
Special Thanks From Owner: “I want to give special thanks to Justin Gonzalez, Danny Ramirez, Pete Cantu, R2R Truckings Crew, and my father for always giving me support and helping to see this build through to the end.”

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