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  • 2011 Chevy Silverado- It Was All a Dream...

2011 Chevy Silverado- It Was All a Dream...

Elias Haroun's ’11 Chevy Silverado

Jon Hansen
Jan 19, 2018
Photographers: Grant Cox
To say the journey to build Elias Haroun’s truck wasn't easy would be an understatement. From being deceived and, to put it politely, screwed over by a shop that made promises it could not keep to having his build platform butchered to the point where he had to start over, luck has not always been on his side. Elias learned the timeless life lesson of: “I should have just spent all the money to do it right the first time and not hesitated.” Live and learn, though—everyone has his or her own bad experience story just like Elias. However, life goes on, and Elias has far too much going on for him to stay focused on the negatives. After the dust settled from the disaster Sik Fabrications left him with, Elias and his ’11 Silverado moved onward and upward when they went to Chassis by Aaron Iha in Covina, California, to make things right. After a long talk and some time spent looking into the work of the previous shop, Aaron informed Elias that he would basically need to start from scratch to make this truck what he dreamed it to be, as his old chassis was beyond repair at that point. With that, the agreement was made to make this truck into what it should be, and to do it as fast as he could, because Elias missed his truck.
Photo 2/20   |   2011 Chevy Silverado Peanut Butter Jealous
Chassis by Aaron Iha has a sound reputation for a reason. As if his work does not already speak for itself, anyone who has a build from him will gladly voice their praises. Always enjoying a challenge, Aaron got to work on the Silverado with basically free rein to do what he saw fit, as long as it included a laid body and tucked big billets. “I wanted to take this opportunity to change things up and make them my own, to start fresh” Elias says. Needless to say, between the one-of-a-kind six-link cantilever setup, all the wiring being run from front to back inside the frame, and powdercoating the entire setup to accent the truck, it’s easy to see this truck was going to be fresh. After completion of the main chassis work, Aaron moved on to some simple changes for the Silverado's powerplant. Since the goal was to keep the reliability of the truck’s stock 5.3L V-8, not many changes were in store. After a custom intake manifold was added, Aaron built a set of custom headers, which attached to the custom full exhaust he built for the frame-laying beauty.
Photo 3/20   |   2011 Chevy Silverado Peanut Butter Jealous Engine
With the first half of his agreement complete, the time had come for Elias to find the right set of big billets to take skating on highways in the near future. After much deliberation, a staggered set of 26-inch Intro Valley wheels was chosen. Now the only thing left to complete Elias' long-awaited return to the truck world was the interior. When he dropped the Silverado off with Joe at California Upholstery, he initially planned to do a simple black leather setup to be easier on his wallet. But when Joe showed him the sample of what he had planned, that went out the window. “You can't have all this work done and leave out the guts,” Joe remarked. Interior upgrades included Maserati-colored leather and custom front and rear buckets—with the full-length center console serving as the cherry on top.
Photo 4/20   |   2011 Chevy Silverado Peanut Butter Jealous Wheel
Now, three years after Elias began his build, you can catch him cruising this showpiece half an inch off the ground across the highways and showgrounds near you. Elias would like to take a second to thank his fiancée, Amy, for dealing with him during the good and bad times during this build; his friends, Angel, Stan, and Brian for being there for him; his club Aftermath, who welcomed him with open arms; and Aaron Iha for taking on the truck and even going above and beyond his expectations for it all. Finally a huge shoutout to Grant Cox for shooting the truck, and his friends Kerry and Jacob for helping make that happen. Be on the lookout for Elias and his Silverado at Lone Star Throwdown 2018 in Texas, possibly with a new look.
Photo 5/20   |   2011 Chevy Silverado Peanut Butter Jealous Interior

Inside the Build

Owner/Hometown: Elias Haroun; La Puente, California
Truck: ’11 Chevy Silverado
Club Affiliation: Aftermath
Complete tubular frame and all suspension by Chassis by Aaron, in Covina, California; powdercoating by Young Gun Performance Coatings in Rancho Cucamonga, California; Accuair air management; all stainless and braided lines; wiring hidden in frame; 28-gallon fuel cell
Front Suspension: Custom control arms and spindles
Rear Suspension: Forward six-link with rear cantilever lift setup
Brakes: SSBC
Engine: Stock 5.3L with custom intake manifold and air intake, engine-driven compressor, custom overflow tank, custom headers and exhaust by Aaron Iha Rearend: Stock, narrowed
Body: Full sheetmetal bed, shaved roof antenna, rear Cali combo with added bodylines, four Odyssey batteries in custom mounts in bed, smoked headlights and taillights
Paint: Custom mix Black Cherry paint by Josh at EK Autoworx in Riverside, California
Front and rear seats cut and modified before being wrapped in tan leather with black accents to complement chassis color, black suede headliner and black carpet, Intro steering wheel by California Upholstery in Bell, California
Stereo: Alpine 8-inch nav system, RE Audio amps, components and three 10-inch subs, custom center console front to rear with mounted iPad, Plexiglas sub enclosure with club logo by Audio City in La Puente, California
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26x9, 26x12; Intro Valley
Tires: 255/30R26, 305/35R26; Lionhart
Special Thanks From Owner: My fiancée, Amy; friends Angel, Stan, and Brian; Aftermath; Aaron Iha for taking on the rebuild of the truck and going above and beyond my expectations; Grant Cox Kerry; and Jacob.



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