2000 Chevy Dualie Tow Pig gets the job done in style
The Fear of Heights
There is a silver lining in every bad situation—at least that’s how Jason Torchia of Acworth, Georgia, sees things. As the owner of a few custom rides throughout the years, Jason always had a difficult time trailering his trucks to shows. What would normally take 6 or 7 hours would end up taking 12. At a popular show called ShowFest, Jason saw a custom lowered dualie and instantly needed one. The power of the larger truck was a definite advantage, but the sleek style and shape appealed to him even more. After a couple weeks of searching, Jason found a ’00 Chevy dualie at an auction for a price he couldn’t turn down.
On Christmas night, just after buying the dualie, Jason was hit head on by an uninsured motorist. At that point, he decided to rebuild it—but with a custom flare, of course. Jason completely tore down the truck to the framerails, cutting off the mangled front clip and purchasing a new one. He and his friend removed the bulky 454ci V-8 engine and tranny and rebuilt them to bring the Chevy back to running condition. A TPU heavy-duty billet torque converter was added to make towing even easier. A Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust was built by Exotic Exhaust & Fabrication in Hiram, Georgia.
When it came time to choose the suspension alteration, Jason decided to go with a 3-inch stock floor body drop using a parallel four-link and a Panhard bar to connect the driver-side framerail to the passenger-side axle to keep the rear end in place. Once the truck was body-dropped, the fuel cell had to be sectioned 3 inches so it wouldn’t sit lower than the frame. An Accuair e-Level Air Management setup was installed, and an engine-driven compressor provided air for the inflation of the airbags. Jason added a custom roll pan from Grant Kustoms, a Cadillac Escalade front clip, and a GMC Yukon front bumper to conclude the exterior mods.
In order to have sufficient sounds while towing his custom truck behind the dualie, Jason added a Pioneer avh-p6300BT flip-out head unit that runs to the two 10-inch Pioneer subwoofers mounted underneath the rear seats. A Pioneer 1,000-watt amplifier makes sure the speakers make enough noise. When it came time to outfit the Chevy with the proper shoes, Jason acquired a rare set of 22.5-inch Accuride wheels milled down to 22 inches by Tennessee Wheel & Tire. Under the center cap, they are stamped “DOT ITALY,” which authenticates them. Jason wishes to thank his AcrophobiA truck club Georgia chapter, Alwair, Sonya for allowing him the time to make a show truck tow pig, and all his friends who lent a hand through the whole process. It started with some rough patches and ended with something he can truly be proud of, while hopefully providing inspiration to others who see his one-of-a-kind dualie.