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  • 2008 Chevrolet Silverado - The White Knight

2008 Chevrolet Silverado - The White Knight

Like Father, Like Son

Phil Gordon
May 2, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Many parents live their childhood differently than they want their kids to live them. Oftentimes, this results in parents living their lives through their children. Some enroll their kids into sports, gymnastics, and sometimes even into politics. However, the father of 35-year-old Russell Rodriguez of Houston, Texas, instilled quite a different passion. His father Russell, Sr., had been a lifelong truck enthusiast who purchased truck magazines for his son starting at a very early age. “I remember my father picking me up from high school in his truck,” Russell tells Truckin. “He would be the only father with the windows down blasting music out of his truck.”
Throughout his teens, with the help of his father, Russell owned a couple trucks. Initially, they would add suspension along with enough tunes to rattle the neighborhood, but the true potential wasn’t reached until Russell decided to start from scratch as an adult. Russell and his wife went to the Chevy dealership and test-drove a brand new 2008 Chevy Silverado. He picked out a single cab, but his wife quickly let him know the family needed the extended cab. After purchasing the vehicle, his wife made it absolutely clear this truck was not to be customized and would remain a family vehicle.
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Most men know keeping the wife happy is rewarding. However, building a custom truck is very rewarding. So, Russell raced over to Pristine Custom Paint and Body where Dave shaved all the door handles and bed pockets. From there, Russell went to the world-famous shop Ektensive to bring the Chevy down to the ground via ’bags and a body drop. Later, Russell brought the Silverado back to Pristine to add a HD hood, grille, and bumper. The rear bumper was custom built using the original bumper made to resemble the HD model. LED taillights were added to replace the stock lights.
Russell brought the new truck over to Rivera Customs where fabrication master Anthony Wilfong gave the new Chevy floating seats with a false floor to accentuate the seats. The entire cabin was reworked and designed to make it as custom as possible. The next step was to make sure the engine would keep up with the customizations. Jose Pena at DropsRUs built the new engine and replaced all the stock pieces with high-performance parts. The exterior was next on the custom checklist, and Russell enlisted Lupe from Alamo Customs to lay down a pearl-white base, while Pat Maxwell came in and added graphics on both sides, the door jambs, tailgate, and under the hood.
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A lot of bad ideas come from a night of drinking, but Russell can say his very best idea came from a night of drinking and hanging in the garage with friends. As most truck guys do, they sit around and think of ways to set their truck above the rest. Russell had purchased the first set of 26x12 reverse lip and 2-inch backspace from Raceline.
Flipping through a Lowrider magazine, one of his friends suggested engraving the wheels. Russell researched an engraver the next day, but nobody would touch these wheels. After nearly a month of looking, David Renteria out of California accepted the job. He designed and engraved by hand all four wheels. The rear wheels took 180 hours alone. That idea was the single best addition to the truck.
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Russell wishes to thank his wife for understanding how much this meant to him, as well as his family for always standing beside him while reaching his dream. Thanks also go to his friend Will for helping him with parts, Aldo, and his Aftermath family for pushing him to finish the truck. He earned the nickname, “Menso,” which loosely translated means stupid from the older guys at Russell’s workplace, who told him how stupid he was for dumping all his money in the Chevy. A special thank you to all the shops. Reflecting Russell’s father-inspired motivation, his son Liam is learning step by step about the truck culture. He will one day proudly credit his passion to his father, just as Russell did.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State: Russell “Menso” Rodriguez, Houston Texas
Club Affiliation: Aftermath
Front Suspension: Ekstensive upper and lower control arms, Firestone Bags
Rear Suspension: Ekstensive two-link with Firestone ’bags as well as a 3/4 Frame
Shocks: Fox
Engine: 5.3L V-8 Built by DropsRus and Tuned by Flaco
Rearend: Shortened rear end with 4:10 Gears
Body/Paint: Shaved doors, lights and cab corners, metal bumper built by Pristine Paint and Body, Alamo Customs sprayed the ProSpray 3 Stage Pearl White Paint, Pat Maxwell designed the graphics and laid them out in the jams and outside.
Interior: Anthony Wolfing at All Star Customs built the custom floating seats by cutting the originals down and built the door panels, along with the stainless floor, custom center sub console box and amp rack covered in graphite leather and Copper Ultra Leather.
Stereo: Alpine 8-inch Head Unit and DD Audio highs, mids, subs, and amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x9 and 26x12; Raceline Explosions Hand Engraved by David Renteria
Tires: 295/25R26, 295/30R26; Pirelli Scorpions



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