2017 Chevrolet Silverado- The Scottsdale SS
A Nod to the ’70s Packs a Supercharged Punch
The sight of a two-tone, square-body Chevy Scottsdale pickup triggers all kinds of warm thoughts about CB radios, Urban Cowboy posters on the wall, and foam trucker caps worn without the slightest hint of irony. It’s a blast from the past of a simpler time, when there wasn’t social media dissecting our every opinion.
Choosing between Wonder Woman and Donny and Marie was the only big social decision—and perhaps whether to try a six pack of Billy Beer instead of your trusted Stroh’s, Carling, or Rainier. Maybe that’s why we’re so drawn to Michael Hunt’s ’70s-inspired late-model Silverado. Its simple yet devastatingly effective retro paint scheme harks back to the good-old days, even if they did include satin baseball jackets with the sleeves pushed up, fondue parties, and the Starland Vocal Band. No era is perfect.
Michael runs TredWear, an Alabama-based company that offers raised rubber letters for tires, enabling vehicle owners to personalize them in countless ways. This truck is a perfect example, showcasing the “Scottsdale SS.”
Since Michael’s truck was originally conceived as a SEMA show vehicle that would also serve duty as a parts hauler for the company and guinea pig for TredWear’s subsidiary, Chicanery Racing, Michael started with a regular cab shortbed ’17 Silverado to get that classic ’70s look. It was a Blackout Edition and sparsely equipped, with only a rubber floor and a few options, but it had the all-important 5.3L V-8. The problem was, it was black. Very black.
“After we bought it, we stared at it and realized we needed a brighter color,” he explains. The Silverado would also introduce Chicanery Racing’s new wide-body kit for Chevy trucks, so it really needed that extra shove over the cliff when it came to eyeball appeal. Michael called designer Murray Pfaff, whose builds include the retro-themed Draggin’ Wagon Ram pickup.
More than penning the color scheme, Murray’s details included period-correct bi-color border stripes, all of which were sprayed with AkzoNobel paint by Wilson Paint and Body. It all ties in perfectly with the fender flares, which are designed to house rubber wrapped around 12-inch-wide wheels. In this case, the Scottsdale SS rolls on 22x12 KMC XD two-piece rims, which fill out the fenders perfectly.
“The wide-body kit visually lowers the truck a couple of inches, and the extra width does something wonderful with the overall proportions,” Michael says. “It’s like a rolling cartoon or a huge toy that makes real engine sounds when you press the button. In fact, it reminds me of a lime green Stomper toy I had when I was a kid.”
Installing the flares is mostly a bolt-on affair, although trimming the front inner fenders is required, along with flattening a cab floor seam. For the rear, the fenders were designed for ’16-to-’18 models with the 6-foot, 6-inch bed. Technically, they’ll fit the longer 8-foot and shorter 5-foot, 8-inch bed, but gas filler interference is an issue with the shorter bed.
A front air dam is also part of the wide-body kit, seamlessly blending the width of the front flares into the rest of the body. The only additional exterior item added to the truck’s body is a roof spoiler from EGR.
In another nod to the era of roller disco and Fleetwood Mac, a set of custom side pipes was crafted for the Chevy, and—unlike most from the ’70s that were merely chromed tubes leading to nowhere—they’re functional, driving out the used-up hydrocarbons generated by the Magnuson-blown Gen V small-block. Blake Fondren, of Avid Speed, tackled the tuning for the supercharger system, which pushes the 5.3L engine to about 475 hp.
It’s all too easy to miss the target with a show vehicle build, especially one aimed at a specific point in time, but this Chevy nails it with comparative simplicity. The paint layout and essentially bolt-on body mods are far more transformational than the time and money it took to complete them.
There’s a lesson in building a truck in there somewhere. Rather than contemplate it, however, we’d rather dig up some B.J. and the Bear and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo episodes on YouTube.
Inside the Build:Year/Make/Model: ’17 Chevrolet Silverado Blackout Edition
Owner and City/State: Michael Hunt/Tredwear, Columbiana, Alabama
Chassis: Front Suspension: Stock frame and chassis with McGaughy’s 2-inch lowering spindles
Rear Suspension: McGaughy’s 2-inch lowering shackles and shock brackets, Monroe air shocks, helper springs removed
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch front rotors (two-piece) and six-piston calipers
Engine: Chevrolet 5.3L direct-injected V-8, stock bottom end with Magnuson supercharger system featuring an Eaton 2300 TVS blower producing 7 pounds of boost, air-to-water intercooler (installed by Ozan Chassis), custom side exhaust with hand-fabricated tips and heat shields, HP Tuners tuning performed by Avid Speed Shop
Transmission: Stock GM Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic
Rearend: Stock GM with 3.55 gears and Eaton locking differential
Body: Five-piece Track Truck wide-body kit from Chicanery Racing (TredWear subsidiary), including fender flares and front spoiler; EGR cab spoiler; Truck Hero BakFlip solid tonneau cover and bed rug; Hella 36-inch dual-field lightbar; Pfaff Designs paint scheme sprayed by Wilson Paint and Body
Interior: Stock with rubber floor covering and custom-trimmed 40/20/40 bench seat
Stereo: Stock Chevrolet infotainment with satellite radio, Bluetooth and 4G LTE WiFi
Wheels: 22 x12; KMC XD concave two-piece
Tires: P305/40R22; Nankang