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2007 Chevy Silverado- Ska8ing

Rollin’ Low in the Lone Star State

Phil Gordon
Jan 15, 2019
Photographers: Phil Gordon
“Skating” is the term the younger generation uses when a truck is gracefully rolling down the street mere millimeters from the ground, thus giving the appearance of skating. At any given time on the streets of Houston, you’ll see fullsize trucks skating down the highway, Jose Llamas’ being one of them. Jose was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1993. At seven years old, he came to Texas to be closer to his family. His uncle shaped his future by working on trucks and bringing a young Jose to local truck shows.
Photo 2/13   |   2007 Chevy Silverado Ska8ing Rear
In high school, Jose worked part time jobs and began saving up the funds to purchase his very own truck. That opportunity came after he graduated and purchased his first Chevy. Jose spent countless hours adding wheels and custom touches. Then, one day after leaving a movie theater, he found out the truck had been stolen from the parking lot. Although he was dejected, he simply would not give up.
He located a ’07 Chevy Silverado crew cab that was similar to his old one but much newer. He was able to purchase it from a friend for a good price and began a brand-new chapter. The new truck was stock but had some interior and exterior damage. But the potential was there. He started with a slight drop of 4 and 6 inches until he was able to gather enough money to bring it to All Star Customs in Alvin, Texas, for a full air ride.
Photo 3/13   |   2007 Chevy Silverado Ska8ing Drive
Photo 4/13   |   2007 Chevy Silverado Ska8ing Wheel
The next step was fixing the neglected interior and exterior by adding a custom touch. Jose drove to Prime Time Interiors, where the crew built a radical new cabin for the Chevy, including new leather seats with gator inserts, and a massive stereo setup through the center console. Once the interior was to his liking, Jose headed over to Houston for the color change. He’s always liked burgundy, so he found a perfect tint and had the paint experts at Mauricio’s Collision Repair and Body Work show off their talents. The last step for Jose was adding a set of 28s to the Silverado to complete the “skating” appeal.
Photo 5/13   |   2007 Chevy Silverado Ska8ing Interior
Photo 6/13   |   2007 Chevy Silverado Ska8ing Interior Seat
Most people would be reluctant to start over after their first attempt at building a customized truck was stolen—but not Jose. He embodies perseverance, which is demonstrated by him coming from Mexico and making a living in Houston. Nothing stops this guy. Jose wishes to thank his girlfriend, Nallely Lopez, for her support and her motivation as well as his loving parents, Gonzalo and Eva. They have kept him on the right path and made sure “Ska8ing” fulfills its name in the streets.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’07 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Jose Llamas; Houston, Texas
Club Affiliation: Ground Zero
Front Suspension: 2,600-pound Dominator bags, All Star Customs upper and lower control arms
Rear Suspension: 2,600-pound Dominator bags, custom rear three-link wishbone setup, two Viair 444 compressors, Accuair E-Level air management
Engine: 5.3L
Transmission: 4L60
Rearend: GM, 4.11:1 gears, narrowed
Body/Paint: Red Pearl basecoat; House of Kolor Kandy by Mauricio’s Collision Repair and Body Work; custom graphics; custom sheetmetal bed; custom Cresspo wing; ’08 Silverado HD front bumper, grille, and hood
Interior: Custom leather steering wheel, custom center console, color-matched dashboard, leather seats with gator inserts, gator headliner built by Prime Time Interiors
Stereo: Pioneer double-DIN head unit, JL Audio components, two JL Audio W7s in console
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 28x10, 28x12; Intro Dangerous (reverse lip)
Tires: 295/25R28, 295/25R28; Pirelli
Special Thanks From Owner: Nallely Lopez, Gonzalo Llamas, Eva Llamas, Jose Coria Jr., Mauricio, Polo, Juan Santellanes, Gonzalo Llamas Jr., Milton Lopez