2019 Chevy Silverado- Cajun Red
Built By the Best, & in a Hurry!
The story of how Jermaine Yates met Jake McKiddie of Phat Phabz began around 10 years ago. During that time, Jermaine was in Colorado visiting friends when the inevitable happened to his 'bagged daily driver Dodge Dakota: The shock mounts broke off from the frame, making the ride unbearable. Through the grapevine, he heard about Jake. Jermaine gave Jake a call and, within minutes, he was instructed to take his truck into a custom shop to get it all fixed up.
After the repairs, Jermaine's Dakota lasted him for a good while before it was time to part ways with it. By then, the gears had already been turning in his head regarding his next build. It was during the 2018 North American International Auto Show when Chevrolet debuted the newly redesigned 2019 Silverado that Jermaine realized his next build. He had been following the yearly builds by Phat Phabz during which the crew laid out each newly designed truck that came to market on a full frame—and Jermaine knew Jake and his team were the ones to make his dream a reality.
During the 2018 Slamboree show, Jermaine was able to get a front row seat with all the Phat Phabz current builds. At that point, all the plans had been set in stone to directly send his '19 Silverado to Jake's shop. It would receive a custom full-frame chassis to ensure his truck laid flat on the ground. The only problem was that since the truck was so new, trying to find a two-wheel-drive model was next to impossible. On top of that, Jermaine was working up in Michigan at the time, and his local dealerships only carried four-wheel-drive models. After broadening his search, he finally found the LTZ model he wanted all the way down in Texas. Once the papers were signed, he had to quickly deliver it to Phat Phabz, because the 2018 SEMA show was just around the corner and no time could be wasted.
With the truck at the shop, the final plans for how it was going to look were set and the keys were handed over to Jake to begin the transformation. In the blink of an eye, it was SEMA time, and Jermaine got to see his dream come true before his very eyes when it was unveiled at the show. It was everything he had hoped for and more. The build was a tall challenge with the short time frame the shops had to work with, but everyone worked around the clock to produce a clean, body-dropped '19 Chevy Silverado.
Jake and the boys at Phat Phabz helped Jermaine realize his dream of having a fully customized truck that could still be used as a daily driver. He can drive it cross-country, down the street to take the kids to Sonic, or to events to show off the expert craftsmanship.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ
Owner and City/State: Jermaine Yates; Midwest City, Oklahoma
Chassis: Phat Phabz full chassis, powdercoated gloss black, 23-gallon custom fuel cell by Soulless Innovations, raised bed floor/widened factory tubs
Front Suspension: Phat Phabz control arms, Airlift 2600 airbags
Rear Suspension: Phat Phabz parallel four-link, Firestone F9000 airbags, Viair dual 485 compressors, Accuair E-Level,VU-4, and Endo VT tank
Engine: 5.3L V-8, K&N air filter, Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission
Rearend: Narrowed with Moser axles
Shaved gas door, raised bed floor, fabricated inner fenders, shaved rear bumper notch for factory hitch, bedliner by Bullet Liner in Oklahoma City, UnderCover color-matched bedcover, factory-matched Cajun Red Tintcoat paint, bodywork by Myers Body Works in Moore, Oklahoma
Interior: Katzkin black/red leather by Curt's Interiors in Oklahoma City
Stereo: 8-inch in-dash unit with Apple Play, JL Audio C5 6 -inch door speakers, JL Audio TW3-12-inch sub, and JL Audio XD1000/5v2 amp installed by Clever Crow Fab and David Adams
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x9.5, 26x12; American Racing VF532
Tires: 295/30/26, 305/30/26; Lexani LX30
Special Thanks From Owner: The whole Phat Phabz crew, Solo Films, CAM, Clever Crow Fabs, Curt's Interiors, Myers Body Works, American Racing Wheels, Viair, Accuair, Truck Hero, Lowrider Depot, UnderCover, my family, and Robert Mansanarez for helping me get into the sport