2007 Chevrolet 2500 Duramax: High Altitude
A Straight-Axle and Airbags Complete This Monster Build
Cody Hill is no stranger to the world of customized lifted trucks. His first build was the truck he got when he turned 16. Some of you might remember seeing his feature of the '75 C10 called "Home Grown," which debuted in the pages of Truckin back in Issue #1, 2015. As you can tell from Hill’s build, he has an eye for something different with great vision of form and function.
For his next truck, Hill picked up a brand-new ’07 Duramax to help pull his heavy machinery from job site to job site. Of course nothing has stayed in its stock form and soon he started modifying it little by little with a leveling kit and a change of the wheels. Then one day Cody and his best friend Derek Allred of Backroad Customs started up the conversation about a decent size lift to his Duramax. Before long, the truck was in his shop to receive an 8-inch lift kit on 35s and 22x14 wheels.
With the truck’s new altitude adjustment, people started to really take notice of the truck’s uniqueness. Several local dealerships were begging Hill to sell his truck to them because of how rare a ’07 Duramax Extended Cab Z71 truck was on the market at that time. Not giving in to the money being waved in front of his face, Hill realized how different it would be to see this truck transformed into a real showstopper.
As Hill’s construction company grew, he was able to purchase another vehicle to serve as his work truck, and the extended cab Duramax could solely be used as his show truck. He dreamed of building a truck to debut at SEMA. So rounded up the best in the business to complete that task. Soon, the truck went back into the shop to evolve into a Monster of a truck. This time, the build would incorporate his closest friends and shops that were like family to him.
This time around, the truck went to Bill Landers at Pro Fab where a Ford straight-axle conversion and giant four-link conversion took place up front with a matching four-link conversion in the rear held up by airbags and Full Throttle Reservoir shocks on all four corners. The 26-inch Specialty Forged wheels were wrapped in 40-inch Fuel Offroad rubber to complete the look. The exterior is covered in Pearl White, including the Bodyguard bumpers and LEDs. The paint matching continues throughout the interior, along with black leather Katzkin seats and a full audio system with components from Pioneer, JL Audio, and Focal.
This truck was a complete dream-come-true for Hill and his family. He feels truly blessed to be able to do the hobby he loves and build trucks like these. More importantly, getting to spend time with his friends and family members throughout the builds has become a lifelong moment that he will cherish forever.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: ’07.5 Chevrolet 2500 Duramax Z71
Owner and City/State: Cody Hill; Lawton, Oklahoma
Front Suspension: Ford straight-axle and four-link conversion by Pro-Fabin Lawton, Oklahoma, Airbags, Accuair air management, shaved and smoothed stock frame brackets, stainless steel lines.
Rear Suspension: One-off four-link setup by Pro-Fab, Airbags, chrome air tank, dual Viair compressors.
Shocks: Full Throttle chrome reservoir
Engine: 6.6L Duramax, tuned by Duramax Tuner, AFE CAI, FASS fuel system, Edge monitor, Pro-Flow 5-inch straight pipe exhaust, Amsoil fluids, by Cottonwood Diesel Performance, Walters, Oklahoma
Rearend: Mag-Hytec Diff cover, Amsoil fluids, 3.73 gears, Length-end driveshaft
Performance: 530rwhp/1,100 torque
Custom grille by Gravel Empire, painted retrofitted headlights with LED projectors, LED taillights by LEGIT LED, Bodyguard A2 series bumpers, shaved tailgate, 2 to 30-inch lightbars from Offroad LED Bars and LED cubes in front bumper, LED cubes in rear bumper. Conductor 540 Train Horn Kit by Horn Blasters, AMP steps, RM Casablanca Pearl White paint by Crows Body Shop
Katzkin seat kit with black leather, perforated inserts, Orange in perforated holes and Orange stitching, Black carpet, Black suede headliner done by Curtis Enochs. all dash pieces painted Pearl White, Billet LED switches, Dakota Digital gauges, Tint by Wades Window Tint
Stereo: Pioneer double DIN, JL Audio 900/5, two each JL Audio 8-inch W7, Focal three-way separates, installed by Audio Tech, Lawton, Oklahoma
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x16; Specialty Forged SF002, Concept lug nuts
Tires: 40x15.50R26 ; Fuel Grippers M/T
Special Thanks From Owner: My wife, Chelsey, Chuck Kriss, Derek Allred, Wade Shafer, Ethan Theis, Michael La Plante, Coy Chappell, Bill Landers, Rob Crow, W Concepts, Justified Details