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2008 Chevrolet Silverado: After Five Years, Poor Boy’s Dream Is Finally a Reality

Introducing Slamfest’s Best 4x4

Joe Greeves
Feb 8, 2017
Photographers: Joe Greeves
If building a custom truck is fun, displaying it at a truck show can add a whole new dimension. As we all know, personalizing your ride takes time, effort, and no small amount of cash—but those all-nighters quickly fade away when you hear positive comments from spectators admiring your truck on display. It gets even better when the judging committee singles you out for an award. That’s exactly what happened to Hunter Denny and his ’08 Chevrolet Silverado. From Halifax, North Carolina, Hunter is a city mechanic specializing in small engine repair. With that background, it was only natural for him to begin creating a custom ride of his own. Since he grew up around Chevrolets, when this stock-height Silverado appeared at the local Chevrolet dealership five years ago, he knew it was the perfect starting point for the lifted truck of his dreams. Even though the initial changes to the truck were minor, a friend encouraged him to enter it in a local show. Winning that first trophy set the wheels in motion, and Hunter smiles when he says, “I got hooked!”
Photo 2/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Rear
Great trucks often work best with a carefully chosen team that can turn dreams into reality. Several people were involved with this build, beginning with Hunter’s young cousin, who looked at the truck after all the chrome was powdercoated black and aptly named it “Big Black.” While the name stuck, the single shade wasn’t quite enough. Fortunately, Hunter met Cory Saint Clair, a well-known airbrush artist in California and the star of several TV shows, who was visiting North Carolina with his custom bike. Hunter was impressed with the scoot’s paintjob and, several months later, Cory returned to accent the Silverado with bright green House of Kolor realistic flames on the sides and a mural on the tailgate. That color would later be repeated throughout the truck as the upgrades began.
Photo 3/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Suspension
When the decision was made to lift the truck, Hunter contacted the folks at Davis Off Road in Richmond, Virginia. They came up with a high-altitude design that incorporates front and rear four-links with a new straight axle front end. In fact, both axles were swapped to Dana 60s, which run 5.13 gears and Mag-Hytec covers. Fox 2.5 reservoir shocks stabilize all four corners while drilled and slotted rotors bring the sky-high Bow Tie to a halt. To keep the big rig on the straight and narrow, the original rack and pinion steering was replaced with a hydraulic assist and steering stabilizer. The distinctive 24x16 Fuel Forged wheels were already a unique design that Hunter personalized with green inserts to match the rest of the truck. Toyo M/T rubber (40x15.5R24) guarantees a sticky contact patch.
Photo 4/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Wheels
For an appropriately aggressive look, a set of bumpers from Backwoods Bumpers was bolted on, complete with front and rear Monster Hooks. Flood Light Luminaires from Cree reside in both bumpers, along with Cree LED lights on the roof and in the grille, completed with smaller units in the front bumper. For some fun at nighttime shows, Rigid Industries neon comes into play when the sun goes down, thanks to wheel lights outside and multiple lighting touches inside. Hunter designed and fabricated his own headlight units. Tying all the changes together, everything under the truck was powdercoated a flame-matching shade of green, right down to the driveshafts and coil springs on the shocks. Just for fun, a set of Viair-powered HornBlasters train horns was added to help clear morning traffic.
Photo 5/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Interior
Moving inside, the interior was done by Hunter’s good friend, Keno, in Halifax, North Carolina. Keno built the full-width sub box and covered the seats and door panels with a mix of lime green and black leather. Ensuring the truck is the fun place to be during a weekend road trip, the stereo begins with a two-channel Sundown Audio 1,500 amp connected to a pair of Sundown Audio 15-inch subs located in the subwoofer enclosure behind the seats. A Crossfire 500 amp powers the Crossfire speakers in the doors and center console. Control for the system comes from the Pioneer AVH-X2500BT 2-DIN Multimedia DVD receiver with a 6.1-inch touchscreen. The combination transforms the truck into a concert hall on wheels.
Photo 6/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Engine
The final phase was power: modifying the 5.3L V-8 with a mild cam from RPM Motorsports, a K&N cold-air intake, and a Hypertech computer that was tuned by Davis Off Road to bump up power levels and ensure the speedometer matched the new wheel size. Stock exhaust manifolds feed high-flow cats through a stainless steel, straight pipe system ending in 5.5-inch chrome tips. The four-speed overdrive transmission was reinforced to handle the additional horsepower. Additional electrical power comes from a high-output 200-amp alternator and pair of Optima batteries. Cory followed up with custom-painted engine covers and the mural under the hood that shows the truck’s theme of “Poor Boy’s Dream”—empty pockets but still smiling!
Photo 7/55   |   2008 Silverado Hunter Build
The final pair of individuals involved with the build begins with Hunter’s mom, affectionately nicknamed Momo, who was always there to provide encouragement and support. Although she unfortunately passed away in 2005, her memory lives on thanks to Hunter’s arm tattoo and the license plate on the truck that includes her name and the year she was born. With her passing, Hunter’s grandfather, Terry Horton, stepped in, and the two became very close, with the build becoming a wonderful bonding experience. Both men regularly travel together to shows. We photographed the completed truck at Florida’s legendary Slamfest in Gainesville, Florida, where the Chevrolet captured Best 4x4 against stiff competition. We are certain Big Black is going to be a family fun ride for many years to come.

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