These days many show trucks are built so radical that when it is time to head to a show, they are loaded up on trailers and hauled between the garage and the showgrounds. When these trucks are not being towed down the highway or constantly cleaned at an event, they spend their down-time in garages under car covers. For enthusiasts who just want to earn trophies for their efforts and cannot bear the thought of rock chips and road rash, this is the only way to go. However, there are still a great number of custom truck enthusiasts out there who believe in hopping in their 'bagged and body-dropped fullsize or mini, sprayed with wild graphics, and driving it to the shows and on a daily basis. After all, nothing can beat the countless thumbs-up and nods of appreciation a show-truck owner receives while he or she cruises their prized possession from stoplight to stoplight on their daily commute. Sure, there are inherent risks involved, such as the possibility of fender benders, parking lot door dings, and rock chips from big rigs and road debris. But the thrill of hitting switches daily and watching jaws drop as the frame or body hits the pavement and begins the sparking process is well worth these annoyances.
Alec Boring from Moultrie, Georgia, is a believer in building show vehicles that can be 'railed daily. He proves his point day in and day out by cranking over the ignition in his 'bagged and body-dropped '95 Chevy Tahoe and cruising it to school every morning. After spending the past two years building this rocker-crushing SUV and driving it daily through every stage of construction, Alec is ready to cruise this two-tone black and orange beast. He never hesitates to tap on the switches and let others know this sport utility was built to drag daily.
In order to get the underbelly of the Tahoe better acquainted with the Georgia ground floor, Hack Shack of North Carolina was contacted to equip the chassis with a complete airbag suspension system. The crew at Hack Shack built a custom tube chassis from the firewall back using 2x3-inch steel tubing, giving the Tahoe a stock floor body drop once the air springs were put into position. Up front, Firestone 2600 airbags and Belltech drop spindles were used to get the body and framerails hugging the asphalt. Moving to the rear, a custom triangulated four-link was used to increase suspension travel and improve ride characteristics, while Firestone 2600 airbags were put into place to put the roll pan closer to the tarmac. Plumbing the suspension was handled by 3/8-inch Air Ride Technologies Ride-Pro valves and 3/8-inch air lines feeding air supply to the Firestone 2600 air bellows. To ensure a snug fit of the 20x9.5-inch rear rims and rubber, a Chevy 12-bolt posi rearend was acquired and narrowed 7 inches to stuff up under the Tahoe. Fuel for the mild 350ci V-8 is drained from a 10-gallon Summit fuel cell. Setting off the drastic drop, Alec chose 20x8-inch front and 20x9.5-inch rear Eagle 221 billet wheels wrapped in P255/35ZR20 Kumho rubber. While this four-door people-hauler's stance is certainly impressive, it's real visual appeal lies in the numerous custom body modifications and trick two-tone paint scheme adorning the exterior.