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2019 Chevy Silverado - The Dark Knight

A Ride the Caped Crusader Would Drive

Grant Cox
May 14, 2019
We've all looked back at an important moment in life when a freshly built truck captured our attention. For Ryan Kidd, it was five years ago, when he saw a '14 Chevy Silverado named Blood Lust built by Jake McKiddie. This truck was the first '14 to be bagged and body dropped for a coveted Truckin SEMA spot in 2014. Since then, Ryan has dreamed of being one of those lucky guys who gets to be part of one of Jake's Phat Phabz builds.
Last year, when Chevrolet released the new body style, Ryan knew he wanted to be one of the first to have a 'bagged and bodied '19 Silverado on the streets. He knew just the person to make this dream a reality, so he contacted Jake in March of 2018 and started talking about the plans to pull off such a build. At that time, no one knew when the trucks would hit the lot—even dealerships had very little info regarding what they would receive. After several messages back and forth, Ryan had CAM Media design a rendering to start the process for a SEMA 2018 feature build to show off the work by Phat Phabz. Once he had the rendering, Ryan headed to the local dealer and placed an order for a white '19 Silverado LS crew cab.
Photo 2/13   |   2019 Chevy Silverado The Dark Knight Rear 3q
During the Scrapin' the Coast 2018 car show, Ryan was able to sit down with Matt Holden and talk a little more about the future plans for his upcoming build. Since this was Ryan's first build with a brand-new truck, he wanted to make sure he was going down the right path. Thankfully, Matt had plenty of experience with new truck builds by Phat Phabz for the SEMA show, so it eased Ryan's worries about the unknown.
In August, the truck still hadn't arrived at the dealership. Even though the Phat Phabz crew produces trucks like an assembly line, they needed a little extra time with the '19, because it was a complete redesign from Chevy. That's when Matt put Ryan in touch with Eric Watson at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. He talked to Eric and told him a truck was needed ASAP. Eric called him back a few days later with some good news. The lot had just received two new '19s but they were silver and black. Matt took charge and placed some calls with all those involved with the build and decided black would be the color they would go with.
Photo 3/13   |   2019 Chevy Silverado The Dark Knight Front End
Ryan then had the truck transported to Phat Phabz with only four miles on the odometer. Jake and the crew at Phat Phabz received it on August 29, 2018. After that, the crew worked their magic once again. From then on, Ryan only saw the truck a few times during its reconstruction phases as he delivered the painted pieces that replaced the chrome ones. The first time he saw the truck complete was a picture on social media when it was on the way to SEMA.
Once back from the whirlwind that is SEMA, the crew finished up some minor details before Ryan was cleared to picked up the truck. That moment seemed like years ago in his mind, even though it was actually only a couple of months. The truck made the three-hour drive home with no issues. A few weeks after being home, Ryan made the first long journey in his newly built Silverado for the 1,000-mile round trip to LST 2019.
Photo 4/13   |   2019 Chevy Silverado The Dark Knight Wheel
Photo 5/13   |   2019 Chevy Silverado The Dark Knight Interior Seats
Phat Phabz knocked this build out of the park. Ryan loves the fact that he can jump in the truck and drive it anywhere, anytime. Once again, the Phat Phabz crew has done something most shops wouldn't attempt—and they did it with the quality they're known for.
Photo 6/13   |   2019 Chevy Silverado The Dark Knight Engine

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: '19 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Ryan Kidd; Muldrow, 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
Shocks: Monroe
Engine: 5.3L LS V-8, K&N air filter, Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic transmission
Rearend: Narrowed with Moser axles
Shaved gas door, raised bed floor, inner fenders, shaved rear bumper notch for factory hitch, bedliner by Bullet Liner in Oklahoma City
Paint: Color-matched all the chrome parts with Axalta Black paint by Ryan Kidd and Steven Anderson, bodywork by Steven Anderson in Muldrow, Oklahoma
Interior: Katzkin black leather with double diamond insert, lapis stitching, and suede wings by Curt's Interiors in Oklahoma City
Stereo: 8-inch in-dash unit
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x9.5, 26x12; KMC Billet 406
Tires: 295/30R26, 315/40R26; Lexani LX30
Special Thanks From Owner: Jake McKiddie, Kyle Dimetroff, Sean French, and Matt Holden at Phat Phabz and CAM Media for building a great truck; Gary Gilliland for the wiring help; Brian Hanners for help getting the truck together; Curtis Enochs for the interior work; Steven Anderson for the color matching; Cody Beutelschies for the sand blasting; Blake Schwerin at B&B Auto Designs for the tint work; and a special thanks to my wife, Megan, and daughter, Arian, for supporting me in this journey.