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2007 Chevy Silverado has New Looks for a Tried and True Design

Leaux Rouge

Grant Cox
Jul 25, 2016
Photographers: Grant Cox
Kerry Daigle first realized he was into mini-trucks at the young age of 10, mostly because his uncle owned a static-dropped Isuzu on 15s. From then on, Daigle was hooked on the customized truck life. Six years later, he bought his first truck, wasting no time lowering his brand-new Dodge Dakota with a 2/4-drop and 15-inch Spectrums.
As ’bags and air suspension became more popular, Daigle decided to ’bag his Dakota. At that time, he didn't have the money to pay a shop, so he had to complete the work himself. He admits his work was not the best, but the truck did go up and down, while still getting him from point A to point B. As years of daily abuse set in, Daigle retired from the ’bagged truck life. But he continued to dream and enjoy the scene.
Photo 2/15   |   2007 Chevy Silverado White Top View
A few years later, Daigle and his wife Jennifer purchased a Silverado intending to ’bag it on big billets. It didn't take long to start making plans to customize the new truck. They soon found a shop to complete a ’bag job and some minor body modifications. It got back from getting a serious altitude drop just in time for the car-show season. While attending one of those shows, he met a member of the Aftermath truck club. Daigle and his wife began hanging out with them and started traveling long distance to truck shows with their new friends from the truck scene. After attending LST in 2014, Daigle immediately realized his truck was not up to par. Aftermath gave him the motivation to take the truck to the next level, and the following year after LST, he left his truck with Ekstensive for a complete build.
With the intentions of really making a splash on the show scene, Jennifer told him she was tired of him doing everything twice and suggested he finish it the way he had wanted the first time. After some thought, Daigle called Ekstensive and made plans to build his ultimate dream truck. On top of his list, graft on a ’15 GMC Denali clip on to his truck and make it really stand out from all other GMT-900 series trucks. Ekstensive was up to the challenge and started grafting the new frontend to the old fenders so that the front and back fenders matched. The frontend swap wasn't the only thing on Daigle 's list. Plans were made to build a 3/4 frame and stock floor body drop the truck to take his previously ’bagged stance and to now having the ability to lay the body on the ground. Ekstensive added front and rear fender tubs, custom fuel cell, and rolled C-notch cover. After they finished all the frame and body modifications, the truck was sent over to Alamo Customs for paint and finishing bodywork.
Photo 3/15   |   2007 Chevy Silverado White Engine
Photo 4/15   |   2007 Chevy Silverado White Passenger Side Interior
Robert Meza, owner of Alamo Customs, proceeded with body and sheet metal work throughout Daigle 's truck. Meza decided not to just spray bed liner material but to do a full sheet metal bead-rolled bed. He then sprayed it in a matte finish. Also, Meza built a bead-rolled engine cover to better dress up the engine. As the next step of the build approached, Jennifer noticed something fishy about the interior installer they had intended to use. She suggested asking Meza how to proceed on the interior work, due to the good rapport he ad established with him established during the build. Meza suggested Miguel "Mike" Tornero to the interior work. Tornero wrapped the dash, built some one-off door panels, and made custom seats, console, and headliner to completely give the truck a new look as Daigle had envisioned.
Daigle planned to debut his truck at the Lone Star Throwdown (LST) 2016 truck and car show in February, and it took until the very last moments to wrap everything up. Once he locked eyes onto his old truck, he was amazed. It was everything, and more, he had wanted. He had his dream truck in hand and would enjoy it to its fullest.
Photo 5/15   |   2007 Chevy Silverado White Bed
Photo 6/15   |   2007 Chevy Silverado White Rear
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Kerry Daigle; Baton Rouge Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Aftermath, Louisiana
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Dominator 2600 ’bags, boxed and extended: 3/4 frame stock floor body drop
Rear Suspension: Dominator 2600 ’bags, two-link, notched framerails, all by Ekstensive Metalworks
Drivetrain:
Engine: Chevy V8 4.8L, Borla exhaust
Body: 2015 GMC Denali front clip, grafted into the factory fender to match up the front and back fenders, front and rear wheel tubs, 12-inch LED strip taillights, roll pan, full sheet metal engine cover with tubs, bead-rolled bed, center bed gas filler, shaved antenna, OnStar system, mirrors, stake pockets, and third brake light
Paint: DuPont 2015 Magnetic Gray Ford and 2009 Ford White Platinum tri-coat with custom graphics painted by Pat Maxwell
Interior: Leather-wrapped dash, one-off front seats, rear seats cut in half and wrapped in Ultra Leather with perforated inserts, Ultra leather headliner, one-off door panels by Miguel "Mike" Tornero
Stereo: Pioneer AVHX 4700 Head Unit, TI2000.4 and TI1300.1 Phoenix Gold Elite amplifiers, Phoenix Gold door panels 6.5cs components, Phoenix Gold Elite 212D2 12-inch subwoofers in custom waterfall box, Stinger wiring throughout
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x10; Intro Twisted Blade
Tires: 305/30R26; Sunny SN3870
Special Thanks From Owner: Aftermath, Alamo Customs, Ekstensive Metalworks, Pat Maxwell, Miguel "Mike" Tornero, and my wife Jennifer

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