Tahoe to Cadillac Conversion - Chevy Escalade

Tahoe to Caddy Conversion

Mark Halvorsen
Jul 1, 2007
Photographers: Mark Halvorsen
Photo 2/39   |   tahoe To Escalade Conversion front View
During the late '90s, Cadillac reasserted itself as the epitome of overstated luxury with the Escalade. That image was burnished by customizers who bought the pricey SUV and then threw down their credit cards to buy big wheels, designer upholsteries, wallet-wounding audio and video-you name it. But, not everybody could afford to pour buckets of Benjamins over a vehicle that already had them bumping against their credit limiter. Thankfully, the guys at 714 Motorsports found a possible solution to this problem. They decided to start, not with a pricey '07 Escalade but with its more reasonably priced sibling, an '07 Chevrolet Tahoe, by replacing the distinctively Chevy body components with those from Cadillac, using OE parts in the process.
Photo 3/39   |   tahoe To Escalade Conversion chevy Front View
An Escalade is really just a finely dressed Tahoe, so disguising a Tahoe to resemble its upscale relative was not a big deal. It was simply a matter of swapping the factory badging, mirrors, some body components, and a few other parts. However, 714 Motorsports took the project even further by replacing some of the new factory Cadillac components with aftermarket sparkle from Asanti, Lexani, and Iced Out Emz. This upped the financial ante significantly, but hey, if you got the money ... Read on to discover how they did the transformation.
From the Driver Seat
This was a relatively straightforward conversion. Granted, the project focused mostly on exterior modifications; aside from some video upgrades, it's not like 714 went in and added the interior appointments that make an Escalade an Escalade. However, the end result is a Tahoe that rolls almost indistinguishably from an Escalade, unless you look very, very close. Interestingly, the reality was that the cost of parts and labor for replacing the Chevrolet body components with Cadillac parts-dogpiled with the price of the aftermarket upgrades-added up to an astonishing amount of money. But, these guys went all out and managed to work out some deals along the way. We didn't factor in the good-guy pricing in the Your Questions Answered sidebar. You can cherry-pick components to disguise your Tahoe in a way that won't send you into the poor house, or you can work out your own deals.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working 10 hours
Mechanical Difficulty Intermediate
Tools Used Standard shop tools
PARTS USED:
FACTORY ESCALADE PARTS
Fenders, PN 15243565 and PN 15243566 $856
Hood, PN 15214287, $618.93
Headlamps,  
PN 15916967 and PN 15871598 $2,148.96
Foglamps,  
PN 10383562 and PN 10383563 $318.28
Fascia, PN 15862101 $529.67
Grille and emblem, PN 21995712 and  
PN 15126354 $518.89
Door handles, PN 15915660, PN 15915659,  
PN 15868465 $256.08 (two needed)
Luggage rails,
PN 15943885 and 15943886 $399.{{{62}}}
Luggage rail end covers,
PN 25787559, PN 25787560, PN 25787589,  
PN 25787590 $140.{{{90}}}
Third brakelight,
PN 15847948 $166.05
Third brakelight housing,
PN 15847949 $150.04
Total Factory-Replacement Costs: $6,103.42
(Not including paint, labor, or tax)
AFTERMARKET PARTS
Asanti Escalade Grille Kit,
(upper and lower grilles, side vents, rear emblem),
PN 103600 $3,{{{900}}}
Iced Out Emz individual Iced Out lettering for Escalade badges, PN IO-LETTERS $400
Iced Out Emz 26' badging, 26-FR2-CLR $198
Lexani LX 131 wheels $5,{{{300}}}
Pirelli 305/30R26 Scorpion Zero tires $3,400
Street Scene trailer hitch cover,
PN 950-01005 ${{{80}}}
Total Aftermarket Costs $13,278
Total Cost $19,381.42
(Not including paint, labor, or tax)

Sources

714 Motorsports
Westminster, CA 92683
714-901-0714
www.714motorsports.net
Pirelli Tyre North America
www.us.pirelli.com
Asanti and Lexani Wheels
www.asantiwheels.com
Iced Out Emz
www.icedoutemz.com

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