1998 Chevy Silverado C1500- Pumpkin
Father and Son Duo
As a child, Kendal Dean looked up to his father for everything: leadership, guidance, and inspiration. And as an adult, nothing has changed. “My dad worked on trucks all through my childhood,” Kendal says. “It just became second nature growing up.” At 16, his father gave Kendal a Chevy truck. It’s wasn’t a get-in-and-drive kind of truck. It was more like a lets-work-on-this kind of truck. The father and son team worked tirelessly to build that Chevy.
Kendal attended the show Scrapin’ the Coast during early 2011, which amped up his motivation to do even more to his truck. A year later, he headed back to that same show with a new look. And just like the first year he went, it inspired him even more. He felt he had reached the potential of that Chevy already, so he began searching for a newer body style. He found his ’98 Chevy Silverado online and brought the stock truck home.
A month later, a semi-truck backed into the front end of the Chevy, ripping off the whole front clip. He and his father decided use that accident as a catalyst to begin the work on the Silverado. Kendal and his dad got down and dirty in his garage. They notched it, lowered it, and added the wheels. It took the show circuit again to push him in the right direction. At his next big show, he realized the truck needed to be ’bagged and body dropped.
With Kendal and his dad’s desire to constantly do more, the future of Pumpkin is promising. The interior is in the works and a rich orange paint is about to be sprayed. Kendal wishes to thank his dad for helping him get the truck together and with all the welding. Throughout the build, he was taught how to do bodywork and paint in depth. A special thanks to Kevin Cavalier and his Imperiouz club members.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1998 Chevy Silverado C1500
Owner and City/State: Kendal Dean; Dulac, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Imperiouz
Chassis: Custom body dropped 3/4 frame, narrowed back half to fit 24x15
Front Suspension: Michigan Metalworks upper and lower control arms, custom raised upper control arm tabs to get rid of camber
Rear Suspension: custom third-link
Engine: Small-block Chevy bored .40 over, 280/280 duration, 480/480 lift comp cam, Billet Specialties Billet aluminum serpentine pulley kit
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend: Narrowed 10-bolt rearend, positive traction, 373 gears
Body/Paint: Shaved third brake light, shaved antenna, sunroof, roof skin is changed to ribbed style of a Crew Cab
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x10, 24x15; Raceline Speedster 5
Tires: 275/30R24, 405/25R24; Pirelli P-Zero