Busted Knuckles - 1997 Chevy C1500

Short Steppin’

Grant Cox
Jan 18, 2016
Photographers: Grant Cox
For two summers Dylan built a fence on his grandparents land to save up enough cash to purchase his own truck that he had his eye on. In 20’07, at the young age of 15 years old, the 1997 Silverado Sstep-side that he had been saving up for was purchased for $4,300. At first the stock form truck did its job for Dylan, but as he started checking out Truckin Magazine at the local news stand, the gears started turning in his head to start customizing things.
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A set of 20-inch Boss 304s, a billet grille, and a small stereo system were bought and installed before he even had his driver's license. This held off the major customizing urge that he had for a while. In 20’09 while planning to head off to Ccollege, Dylan bought an 20’06 Dodge Charger for the trip back and forth. Right about that time his mom's Mazda decided to stop running. So he made the decision to give her his truck while he was away at school. Over the next six months, he got to hang out with his good friend AJ Wilson who had a bagged ‘96 Yukon, (the first bagged truck he had been around) which gave him a taste of the bagged life and Truckin' culture. Around the same time he saw Ike Ray's dark blue early ‘040 model extended cab truck with a tribal design and Martin Bros. wheels (Vol. 33, #7 cover truck) and was absolutely blown away. It was nothing like he had ever seen.
In ‘11 his mother bought herself a Chevy HHR which gave him the opportunity to ’ bag the truck. With the aid from his grandfather he fixed the truck back up with some subtle upgrades like new black carpet, a roll pan, and a GMC grille with billet insert. From then on, Dylan knew this project would never leave his possession again.
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He began collecting ’bag parts right away. He purchased a set of ’bags and a used compressor with intentions of body dropping the truck over the weekend before Turkey Drag '14. Shortly after Jake McKiddie made him an offer he couldn't refuse on a set of 22-inch BAD Maulers billet wheels for the truck. The truck was now laying body on 22-inch BAD wheels, waiting for the LS to drop in.
Now, Dylan is currently building a 5.3L LS-based motor for the truck with a small cam and stall converter. He is also doing some tune work and planning on shaving and re-tubbing everything under the hood during the motor swapmotor swap.
The ’bagged truck lifestyle has become a part of Dylan’s livelihood and he believes that while it's not about shows, and it's not about who spends the most on their truck, it's about family, memories, and bonds that will last a lifetime. Since the truck has been body dropped, Dylan became a petitioner for Severed Ties and has met some of the best people in the truck scene. He is enjoying the brotherhood that the club provides its members.
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Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Chevy C1500 Cheyenne
Owner and City/State: Dylan Dirickson, Elk City, Oklahoma
Club Affiliation: Severed Ties
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Slam ’bags RE7, ½-inch SMC Valves, Stock OEM spindles, body dropped factory frame, MIG & TIG Z'd framehorns.
Rear Suspension: Slam ’bags RE7, ½-inch SMC Valves, 3/8-inch stainless line, triangulated 4-link w/wishbone, custom airtank, raised gastank crossmember, 2x4 tubing, custom body mounts, Viair 444 Chrome compressors
Shocks: Monroe
Drivetrain:
Engine: (To be installed) 5.3L LS, 224/224/112 LSA Texas Speed cam, LS3 intake
Transmission: Chevy 4L60E w/3200 Texas Speed converter
Body: 3-inch bodydrop, shaved 3rd brake light, shaved antenna, cowl hood, shaved tailgate, raised stepside finders, shaved rollpan, GMC billet grille, tubbed the firewall for 22's, kept factory blower box under dash.
Interior: B.A.D. Mauler steering wheel, dark red carpet, dark red leather bucket seats with diamond stitching.
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: (f) 22x8.5 (r) 22x1; B.A.D Mauler
Tires: (f) 255/30R22 & (r) 285/30R22; Nitto 555
Special Thanks: All the Severed Ties family, my girlfriend, Dean Bohrberg, Dusty Joe, Jarod Martin, Jake McKiddie, KillerWaxx of Kansas, SUB Ind.
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