Radical Renderings- KP Concepts
This month, we introduce you to two projects we’re building here at Truckin’ magazine. They are going in very different directions, which is exactly how it should be since there are infinite options available to customize your truck or sport utility any way you choose. We turned to Koapono Patrick to put our ideas into a couple of renderings. Check out the artwork for our projects that KP Concepts put together and then give him a shout at kpconcepts.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your own rendering started.
You’ve already seen the first several installments of our “beat to neat” Project Over/Under, but now we have a rendering to go with it. The goal was to show just how far you can go with a $500 running work truck. The ’03 Silverado standard cab longbed is arguably the least popular configuration of the least popular body style, so we have our work cut out for us.
We took a strange turn with our build process, working from the inside out. We started with a custom alarm and audio install at Audiotistics using Viper, JVC, and JL Audio components. Then we revamped the interior with Roadwire custom seat covers, carpet and mats from LMC Truck, a Grant leather steering wheel, and a custom headliner from Stitchcraft. The 4.8L under the hood received upgrades from JBA, K&N, Pertronix, Jet Performance, and Hypertech thanks to Powerhouse Performance. We added a SnugTop shell and an HD hood from LMC Truck before we laid on the Auto-Air Colors paint at LGE-CTS (which you can read about in this issue). The exterior will be finished off with help from Anzo, Move Bumpers, N-Fab, All Terrain Concepts LED lighting with a Trigger Accessory Control System, and a Yakima MegaLoader roof rack for that sporty overland look we’re after. Bulletproof and Atlas will provide the 7-inch lift with Fox shocks and Hellwig sway bars, and EBC brakes will be added before the Fuel Podium wheels and 35-inch General ATX tires are bolted up. When that’s all done, we’ll add in a few more surprises to make this truck function in the wild as well as it looks. Check out the current stories at truckin.com and keep an eye out for the rest right here!
Bryan Fross has spent many years photographing and writing about custom rides belonging to other people. So, what does he say about his own ’71 Chevrolet Suburban project? “It’s not going to be a laid-out, LS-swapped, jaw-dropping, or award-winning C10 like many of the trucks that have become so popular recently. It is, however, going to be a well-built, daily-driveable, safe, fun custom cruiser to roll to shows, local SoCal beaches, and wherever life takes my family.”
That doesn’t mean it’ll be a low-quality or low-budget type of build. Starting at the chassis, a QA1 Motorsports complete coilover conversion kit with front and rear sway bars is desperately needed to replace worn-out suspension components. It will be installed at Lowboy Motorsports in Mesa, Arizona, with a Baer Big Brake Kit as well as 22-inch Intro Colt Wheels wrapped in 265/35R22 and 285/35R22 Nexen Tires. The aged front end will be replaced with a new grille, bumper, LED headlights, and ’68-style clear marker lights from Brothers Truck Parts.
Modern updates under the hood include black ceramic-coated Hedman Pro Touring headers bolted to the small-block 350, which will help tuck the Gibson Performance dual exhaust nicely under the body. An EFI system will replace the carburetor, and the factory wiring throughout the vehicle will be swapped out, too. Other plans include an ididit steering column, Vintage Air SureFit Gen IV kit, Stinger Roadkill, Eddie Motorsports engine/interior dress-up accessories, a 700r4 transmission, new gauges, and a custom audio install to make those long cruises down Pacific Coast Highway much more enjoyable.