2016 Chevrolet 3500- Iron Max
Trucks Aren’t Born, They’re Built
As a fan of the movie Iron Man, Jake Mitchell of Norman, Oklahoma, considers himself sort of a steel man. For years, Jake and his father have been running Jake’s Custom Diesel, a full custom shop specializing in very unique builds. If you remember, back in April 2016, Jake’s first attempt at a six-door diesel, a ’14 Ford named Poseidon’s Wrath, graced the cover of Truckin and set the bar pretty high for his next build.
As standard practice, Jake attends salvage auctions, and he was able to find a roll-over, salvaged ’16 Chevy dualie. The goal was to go bigger and better than his last build—especially with a newer model and different style truck. For the next couple of months, Jake and his father scoured local salvage yards for ways to expand the already oversized Chevy. Two good cabs were located to form one cab, but the problem was making the center door. Jake’s father designed the center door using the back door and the rear of the front door. The frame was stretched almost 40 inches to accommodate the six-door addition.
Every nut and bolt was sent to get sandblasted and powdercoated at Affordable Coating Solutions. The body was primered down, and Burt Sourjohn coated it with an Iron Man–style red. Adam Million painted the front clip to match. For the interior, bucket seats were added to the front and middle, and a bench seat was added to the very rear. Alea Leather was used to wrap the seats, and LED lighting was outfitted through the seats. The headliner for Iron Max was built out of three different factory headliners to make it fit perfectly.
Jake decided he wanted the 1/2-ton front end that was released on the brand-new ’17, so he replaced the 3/4-ton stock front end. The front end lighting looked more like the Iron Man mask type. Jake contacted Nick Chin at American Force Wheels, and they collaborated to add 24-inch Glide dualie wheels. For a better stance, Jake added a full Bulletproof suspension, raising Iron Max 12 inches higher than stock. Jake installed Stryker’s new Identity Series lift kit to provide the six-door with a four-link look. Stryker custom blocks in the rear make sure Iron Max rides like factory.
Jake wishes to thank God, as well as everyone who helped, including Robbie at KEG Media, Jeremy Colby, Todd Haygood, Bert Sourjohn, Adam Million, his brother Dalton Mitchell, Intense Audio and Wheels North and Flip as well as Mark Parks, Bobby Ingram, Hornblasters, American Force Wheels, Plain an Simple, Palace Auto Supply, Lynn Lyles for transporting, and most importantly his loving and understanding wife Grace for all her great ideas and support. After Jake’s first build, you wouldn’t think it would be possible to raise the bar any higher, but Iron Max has set new standards in the truck community.
Inside the BuildYear/Make/Model: ’16 Chevrolet HD 3500 six-door dualie
Owner and City/State: Jake Mitchell; Norman, Oklahoma
Front Suspension: 12-inch Bulletproof suspension, Stryker Off Road Design custom rear blocks, Stryker custom-made torsion bar drop cradle, Kicker/Support braces to add strength, Bulletproof control arms
Rear Suspension: Rear traction bars, shock reservoir kit with bullet clamps, FOA reservoir shocks, powdercoated leaf springs, Stryker blocks
Engine: 6.6L Duramax diesel, S&B air filter, Bully Dog GT tuner, Diamond Eye Performance dual exhaust
Rearend: Yukon gear and axle 4.88:1 gears
Body/Paint: PPG Red paint; two Chevy cabs fabricated to make the six-door conversion; Bodyguard front and rear bumpers; two Monster Swivel Hooks in front; two Reaper shackles in rear; Monster Recovery Hook in receiver hitch; InfiniteRule Security locking pins; Gravel Empire grille; two Rigid 30-inch Radiance red lightbars; four Rigid Radiance Dually in red; two Rigid flush-mount backup lights in bumper; 12 red Rigid Rock lights; Amp Research custom power boards fit to a six-door; Backbone V-back truck rack; Recon taillights, third brake, and dualie tub lights; Klearz color-matched mirror lenses by Plain an Simple; Mag-Hytec rear end cover; Hornblasters Katrina kit
Interior: Alea Leather seat covers with LED lighting, dash and trim painted to match, center console customized and stretched throughout the six-door cabin
Stereo: iPad head unit in custom iPad holder and box, three pairs of Focal Access coaxial components, Audio Control OEM integration, Digital Design 1510D4, Phoenix Gold 1100.1, Phoenix Gold 400.4, two Fox Acoustics 10-inch subwoofers in ported box under rear seats
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24-inch; American Force Glide
Tires: 40x15.50R24; Nitto Trail Grappler