Laying out the rear, a '95 Ford Thunderbird IRS allows the back to air down nice and low.
Under the Caddy hood, a Vortec ZZ4 350ci V-8 now calls the Chevy home.
Typically we start out a story talking about how cool a truck is or how cool the build process was and the hurdles the owner and builders had to jump through to get it to feature status. We don't usually start off a story talking about how one person's life completely changed during the ownership of a truck, but that's what happened in this case. Oftentimes words like determination, commitment, and faith are not used in custom truck building-only implied. In the case of Justin London and this insane '04 Chevy Silverado, each of those words must be used when talking about a truck he named Becca.
Becca is also the name of his late girlfriend, Rebecca Hill of Palestine, Texas. Becca was beginning to enjoy the custom truck scene that Justin was so devoted to, and her interest went from spectator to participant. She picked up this Chevy truck in 2004 with aspirations of creating a totally trick ride, a ride that would compete with Justin's 'bagged S-10 at the time.
One afternoon when riding in Justin's Corvette, the couple was involved in a car accident that took Becca's life. She was 3 months pregnant with a girl they were going to name Kylie.
The tragic accident left Justin with a huge void to fill. After collecting himself, the thought of Becca's truck filled his mind. After buying the truck from Becca's mom, Justin had a truck that could serve as a rolling memorial to his girlfriend.
Two years and thousands of dollars later, Justin completed a truck he thought Becca would have been proud of. He felt a huge relief.
Like any truck build, it wasn't easy. But, with the help of several talented people, the project was finished.
Starting with the suspension, Justin and his buddies-Markus, Timmy, and John Boy-installed the Slam Specialties airbags between the custom A-arms up front, with nitrogen feeding the rubber bellows. It was always Becca's dream to have a truck that was as low as possible. In order to build a truck that would lay out uniquely, Justin delivered the truck to Russell McClendon of Palestine, Texas, for a custom back-half. Tracking down an IRS from a '95 Ford Thunderbird, the rear suspension was welded to the custom 2x3-inch box tubing that comprised the custom frame.
Slam Specialties 'bags wedged in between the rear arms allow the back end to lie on the Texas asphalt. Cutting into the standard cab and welding in the floor 3 inches higher put the now body-dropped rockers on the ground. Detail work-the painted rear end, stainless brake lines, and powder coating-ensures that the suspension looks as good as it performs. Stuffing each fender are huge Diamo 24-karat wheels measuring 24x10 inches, with Kumho 305/35R24 tires supplying the protection.