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2012 Chevrolet Avalanche- EvolAvy

Evolved With an Evil Twist

Phil Gordon
Jun 27, 2019

Evolution is defined as the gradual development of something from a simple form to a more complex form. For Mook Templet of New Orleans, Louisiana, evolution hasn't halted. When he was a young boy, his father owned a Toyota mini-truck in which they used to cruise up and down their lakefront. During his youth, Mook began playing with toy trucks—until he transitioned to model trucks. On Mook's 16th birthday, his father told him to start looking for his first vehicle. Of course, it was a custom truck: a neon green Nissan Hardbody.

One day after high school, Mook was driving home and rear-ended a larger truck, and the mini was totaled. His next truck was a Ford Ranger, since he was slowly evolving into newer trucks. Then one day while at the local gym, he saw a lowered '12 Chevy Avalanche in the parking lot. He spent the next hour trying to locate the owner. Once he found him, he went to work on his negotiation skills and, four days later, Mook purchased the Avalanche.

Photo 2/13   |   2012 Chevrolet Avalanche EvolAvy Rear 3q

The Chevy truck was painted black with some graphics and it had an airbag setup already installed, but that wasn't enough for an evolving Mook. His goal was to make the Avalanche something unique. He brought the truck to Michael "Kandy Man" Dauzat where a House of Kolor concoction of blues was laid out to pop in the sunlight. Pat Maxwell came in to handle the airbrush work in the cabin and engine bay.

Although the Avalanche was already bagged, once it was on the lift, Mook noticed it wasn't built safely. The stock control arms were on the wrong side of the truck. He enlisted Kevin at Endless MetalFab to tear the truck apart and entirely rebuild the front end to make it much safer for travel. Mook added a powdercoated set of Intro wheels to help offset the new bright color and elevate the Avalanche's appeal. The stock running boards were removed and custom rockers were added to give it an even lower look.

Photo 3/13   |   2012 Chevrolet Avalanche EvolAvy Wheel

Within a year of the build, Mook unfortunately lost two people who were very close to him, his uncle and grandfather. They were oftentimes intrigued by what Mook had done with previous trucks and were very excited to see the progress on his Chevy. Mook wishes to thank his grandfather, Jerry C. Templet, and his uncle, Simon Templet, for that extra push to complete the Chevy. His mother and father, Ivonne and Jerry Jr., were the catalysts for his passion and work ethic. And his two young daughters, Braelyn and MiaBella, help Mook stay grounded and focused. He wishes to thank his Ground Zero Is R Limit family and friends for all their support. EvolAvy has evolved into one complete custom Chevy Avalanche.

Photo 4/13   |   2012 Chevrolet Avalanche EvolAvy Engine
Photo 5/13   |   2012 Chevrolet Avalanche EvolAvy Drive

Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ
Owner and City/State: Mook Templet; New Orleans, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Ground Zero Is R Limit
Front Suspension: Accuair E-Level suspension management system, 2,500-pound Airlift bags, 3/8-inch valves & air lines, EndlessMetalFab '07-and-up custom front kit, Ridetech RQ shocks
Rear Suspension: Two-link rear, upgraded Endless MetalFab rear end, 2,500-pound Airlift bags, Viair 380 dual kit, 2.5 gallon tank
Engine: 5.3L Vortex V-8, K&N cold-air intake, Magnaflow after-cat system, Hypertech programmer
Transmission: 6L80e
Rearend: Narrowed 1.5 inches, 10-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears
Body/Paint: House of Kolor Shirmin 2 basecoat done by Michael "Kandy Man" Dauzat, airbrush artwork by Pat Maxwell, shaved roof rack, custom rockers replaced by running boards done by Kustom Werx, '12 Escalade third brake light, tinted lights, aftermarket grille
Interior: All-black Katzkin package, airbrushed dash panels
Stereo: Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX head unit, Kicker 1,200-watt amplifier, two 10-inch Polk Audio subwoofers in ported box, Focal components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x8, 26x10; Intro Texans, black powdercoat
Tires: 255/30R24, 295/30R26; Winrun
Special Thanks: Kevin at Endless MetalFab; Mike "Kandy Man" Dauzat; GZ members Manny Capetillo, Quizzy, Jose Pena, Nico Alanis, Alex Louque of Louques ExoTechs, Joey Lacombe