Grande Rojo: Living the Dream with K&D’s Custom’s ’16 Chevrolet 2500HD
Kent Springer purchased his truck in July 2016 from Stuteville Chevrolet in Durant, Oklahoma. Shortly after, he received a call from Rolling Big Power (RBP) asking if he would be interested in building a SEMA truck. After Kent picked his jaw up off the floor, he was put in contact with the “Truck Guru,” Cris Payne. He was beyond excited about joining with RBP and many other great companies to build a truck that would represent SEMA and the truck world. “When I was young, my dad asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. He then proceeded to tell me to find what I loved, and he dared me to make a living at it. So, I have now been in business for 11 years building trucks, detailing, tinting window, spraying bedliners and [installing] car audio. To have the opportunity to build this truck for SEMA 2016 with Truck Guru and the wonderful people at Bodyguard Bumpers has been the greatest opportunity of my professional career, and the 10-year-old version of myself smiles every time I put the key in the ignition of the big, red Chevy diesel.”
The truck was passionately built by Kent and his crew at K&D Customs. It took roughly three weeks and was finished at midnight before he left for SEMA. After working until 6 p.m. taking care of the shop’s customers, the crew at K&D Customs—Dereck Vanderveen, Francisco Vega, Seth Flint, Cody Nichols, Zack Wood, Jacob Anderson, and Collin McDaniel—then worked until midnight building the truck. McGaughy’s awarded Kent’s Chevy Best Lifted Truck at SEMA 2016.
There’s no denying Kent’s brilliant red truck really pops in the sea of black, white, and gray trucks that dominate today’s scene. Since aftermarket parts don’t magically color-match themselves to a red truck, Brothers Rods and Customs lathered bucketfuls of red onto the bumpers, several suspension components, door handles, air horn tank, mirrors, and Mag-Hytec covers. BA’s Powder Coating & Media Blasting added to the red wow factor with powdercoating.
You might find it surprising that Kent’s favorite part of the Chevy is the hidden Diamond Audio speakers attached to the underbody. “I wanted to find a way to stand out, and we love it. With an amp inside the truck, we can control the music with the sPod panel in the headliner. With just the flip of a switch, whatever you’re listening to inside the cab is now playing as loudly as you want outside the truck; it’s very much a head-turner.”
Post-SEMA, the truck is the centerpiece of K&D Customs, showcasing the company’s workmanship, and Kent looks forward to continuing to grow his aftermarket car and truck business. Occasionally, the show truck is used as a farm truck. Kent’s wife and 2-year-old son drive it out to the pasture to feed cows. You can also find Kent traveling around the country to various truck shows and parades, including Turkey Drag, Lonestar Throwdown, and Scrapin the Coast.
SpecSheetYear/Make/Model: ’16 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Kent Springer
Hometown: Caddo, Oklahoma
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Transmission: Factory Allison 1000
Odometer: 2,000 miles
Induction: S&B cold-air intake
Exhaust: Magnaflow 4-inch
Engine Management: Edge CTS Evolution
Suspension: McGaughy’s Suspension 7-to-9-inch adjustable lift
Interior: Roadwire Leather and suede seat covers, black suede headliner, and red leather-covered door panels installed by Rivas General Upholstery of Sherman, Texas; sPOD switches; custom-wrapped interior trim pieces with names of K&D crew by The Sign Depot; ProBox 12-inch system
Exterior/Accessories: Mag-Hytec rear differential cover; RBP grille and steps; Go Recon taillights and third brake light; factory headlights and Go Recon taillights modified by Dezert Lighting, including custom paint, HIDs, and company logo etched into headlights; Undercover Elite LX tonneau cover; Monster Hooks; Bodyguard A2L Series front and rear bumpers; Off Road LED Light Bars (OLB) lightbars and cubes; 36 RGB Rock Lights; HornBlasters train horns; CargoGlide slide-out; four Diamond Audio 6.5-inch marine pod tower speakers mounted under the body
Paint/Wrap: BA’s Powder Coating & Media Blasting, custom paint by Brothers Rods and Customs
Wheels: 24x14 RBP Avenger
Tires: 38x13.50R24 Interco Sniper M/T
Special Thanks: Cris Payne (Truck Guru), RBP, Kelli and Grant Mallicote, Jacob Anderson, Jett Springer, Cody Nichols, Zack Woods, Derrick Vanderveen, Carl Marlow, Amanda Springer, Chad Marlow
Fun Fact: “The guy from Dezert Lights was so tight on his deadline to get the lights for SEMA that he just booked a flight and hand delivered them to us at the Dallas airport. He lives in Arizona—thought that was pretty awesome of him. I couldn't believe it.”