1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie- Krew re-Kut

Modernizing an Icon

Bryan Fross
Aug 17, 2018
Photographers: John Jackson
Throughout the last few decades, there have been a handful of trucks in existence anyone who picked up Truckin magazine would recognize. Besides being on our cover in August 1999, this ’93 Chevrolet C3500 (which was actually in its second incarnation even then) was featured in countless pages of advertising for the company that built it. In its time, the Krew Kut dualie was the pinnacle of Master Image Customs’ impact on the custom truck scene, along with Rob Maggi’s marketing genius and lead fabricator Sean Mahaney’s trailblazing talent. This thing had people talking—studying it and taking photos at every show it attended as a cornerstone of the MIC vendor booth. What was the pinnacle of yesterday can become a forgotten relic after just a short time in an ever-evolving world. You’re not going to get rid of your smartphone today and use a Nokia from the end of last century just because it was the most popular, right? At the end of its run with MIC, the dualie was part of a huge giveaway at one of the biggest SoCal shows, the 15th annual California Truck Jamboree. On August 12, 2001, it was given away and sent off to its new home in Texas. The truck was taken to several shows but disappeared after just a short while.
Photo 2/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut 3 4 Rear
When Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and TV show Fast N’ Loud heard about a green custom dualie his tool suppliers found in a storage auction, he took a couple of his guys to go check it out. What they found was this iconic blast from the past, and his guys urged him to buy it. As the show goes, a quick $7,500 haggle later and Krew Kut had a new home for a pivotal resurrection. The instantly recognizable Chevy was covered in a thick sheet of dust, with its front-end parts stacked inside among the dirt and bird feathers that covered the interior. As the GMG crew, or Monkeys, as Richard calls them, was introduced to its newest project, it was apparent the 20-year-old custom needed to be updated to current standards.
The restomod on this unmistakable truck began with an assessment of what would stay and what needed to go. Keeping the iconic look was of utmost importance, while updating, strengthening, and modernizing would give it a new story to tell to another generation of enthusiasts. The Monkeys got down to business tearing out the entire interior for a full new styling and yanking out the old 454 to replace it with a Katech 496 LSX mated to a 4L80E from Monster Transmission. While modifying the exterior of the truck wasn’t on the list of plans, some work under the hood was needed for the new powerplant to fit. The old firewall was cut out before a new one was fabricated to fit and work with the modern components attached to the LSX. A set of Slosh Tubs inner fenders was also molded in place to cover the one-off 19x8 RK Forged Krew Kut wheels.
Photo 3/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut Engine
Photo 4/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut Flames
Moving to the next huge piece of the puzzle that required attention, the GMG guys sent the old rear suspension to the junk pile. Sticking with hydraulics was a must, so they opted to use a new two-pump, six-dump setup from Hydroholics, a RideTech HD four-link, custom Watt’s linkage, and coilover cylinders, making it more reliable while keeping the spirit of the original build. When the fabrication was finished, the firewall, inner fenders, grille, and bumper were painted to match the original House of Kolor Lime Time Green. After some research, a call to the original painter Steve Van Demon, several test spray-outs, and a change in primer color, they were able to match the two-decade-old paint color. With its deadline approaching, the long and low beast still needed a new interior to bring it into the present. A ’16 Chevy dashboard was modified to fit with a matching RK Forged Krew Kut steering wheel added to the column. Four dark gray leather bucket seats and the third row bench seat were wrapped by R & R Upholstery. The floor received new black carpet, and the door panels were reworked by Emilio & Sons. Wet Sounds provided a full new audio system that gets its signal from the in-dash iPad.
Photo 5/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut Wheel
Photo 6/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut Dash
Photo 7/17   |   1993 Chevy 3500 Dualie Krew Re Kut Seats
The goal was to take the resurrected Krew Kut to Lone Star Throwdown, but when the weather wasn’t looking to be cooperative for a topless truck with a brand-new interior, that option was scrapped. They decided to invite some custom truck enthusiasts to do a show and reveal at their shop. Donna Mahaney, widow of Sean Mahaney, the original builder, was invited to see the updated tribute to what was a career-defining vehicle. Sean is extremely missed in the custom truck community after a fatal hit-and-run accident last year, but thanks to the Gas Monkey crew staying true to the original build and known custom truck builder Dave Shulman becoming the new owner, Krew Kut and all the good memories that go along with it will be around for years to come.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model:
’93 Chevrolet 3500 dualie
Owner and City/State:
Gas Monkey Garage; Dallas, Texas
Suspension:
Hydroholics two-pump six-dump kit, Whammy tank, Power Balls, hardlines, rebuilt rear bridge, RideTech HD four-link, coilover cylinder, custom Watt’s linkage, Accuair with I-level, custom axle brackets, hydro mounts and coil mounts built in-house
Shocks: RideTech
Brakes: Wilwood brakes with cross-drilled and slotted rotors from Little Shop, rear disc conversion
Engine:
Katech Performance 496 LSX with LS3 heads; FAST LSXR intake manifold; LS3 fuel rail with 65 lb/hr injectors; Nick Williams 102mm throttle body; Holley oil pan; All American Billet Silverline Front Serpentine Kit with overflow and power steering tanks; custom-built Gas Monkey intake; Magnaflow mufflers and high-flow catalytic converters; black ceramic-coated Holley headers with custom exhaust fabricated in-house; four Optima RedTop Batteries used to power the truck, audio, and hydraulics; tuning by LSX Unlimited
Transmission: Monster Transmission 4L80E SS Performance two-wheel-drive package
Body:
Master Image Customs/Sean Mahaney 3.5-inch body drop, custom GMC Denali front end, shaved door handles, chopped windshield, roadster, capped doors, body line added to rear of cab, Cali Combo rear with Supra taillights, custom-molded mirrors, painted House of Kolor Lime Time Green, True Blue Flames with Violet Purple Fade by Steve Van Demon and Gas Monkey Garage
Interior:
’16 Chevy truck dashboard modified to fit, dark gray leather dual buckets and bench, RK Forged Krew Kut steering wheel, black carpet
Stereo: iPad head unit, Dual Zone marine EQ with Bluetooth, Sinister SDX6 six-channel amp, two Revo 10-inch free-air subs, six Revolution Series 6.5-inch coaxial speakers (manufactured by Wet Sounds)
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 19x8; RK Forged Krew Kut
Tires: 245/35R19; Hankook
Special Thanks by Owner: Richard would like to thank everyone involved, including Katech, Monster Transmission, RideTech, Hydroholics, Wet Sounds, Slosh Tubs, All American Billet, RK Forged Wheels, Accuair, Magnaflow, Holley, Wilwood, Ron Davis Radiators, and PSI Conversions. Special thanks to the Monkeys: Jason, Jeremy, Tony, Mike, Charles, Brian, and Chad, as well as a thank you to Steve, Ron, and Tim.

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