Cruisin' along the boulevard in your dropped Chevy, sporting 20s, a billet grille, and bumping with two 12s in the back, you're feeling pretty good. Then, like a kid stealing your seat on the bus, Mitch Henderson pulls up next to you at the stoplight and knocks the air out of your big head. Suddenly, your Chevy truck begins rattling violently like an earthquake, and after taking a glance at the frenched-in amps in the dash, you realize your truck is not so special. He didn't do it because he is cocky, mean, or even spiteful, he just loves showing off his beautiful sport truck creation. No hard feelings, but if you've got it, flaunt it.
Having a sweet ride wasn't always the case with Mitch, as his project began five years ago with a stock '92 Chevy fullsize he has owned since it was new. He always envisioned a truck worthy of first-place trophies and shining in the spotlight in the show truck circuit. However, being a professional truck builder, his own pride and joy was often times pushed to the back burner, and when it came time to spend the benjamins, he focused on the shop, not the truck. Dropping and lifting trucks like a dentist fills cavities, one look out in to the parking lot at his own daily driver, and Mitch knew it was times to get the torch to his rig.
Starting with the customary Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, Mike Woodruf, of Tyler, Texas, added Firestone 26C airbags, complete with KYB shocks, to smooth out any bumps in the local asphalt. Bringing the rear down low, Mike C-notched the rear frame, used an Ekstensive Metalworks two-link and Billy Bar setup, and bolted on a set of Firestone 26C 'bags. For added toughness and structural integrity, the frame received supports in the way of 1/8- and 1/4-inch thick steel plates. Not satisfied with the look of just an airbagged truck, Mitch went to work on cutting the body into one unified piece. Two and a half inches later, the truck was dumped to the ground, and the rockers rested right on the blacktop. Now came time to select some rollers appropriate of a truck with big intentions. Up front, the fenderwells were stuffed with 20x8.5-inch Bonspeed Sweep wheels wrapped in Bridgestone rubber. Out back, the rear tubs were filled with 20x10-inch Bonspeed Sweep wheels, again wrapped in Bridgestone rubber. Now, the project was going places, but like all things, it wasn't going as fast as Mitch wanted it to. A great deal of patience brought with it great benefits as the bodywork neared the starting point.
Delivering the truck to Custom Concepts of Oklahoma, Mitch requested an ultra-clean truck, smooth at every angle, and a two-tone paint scheme. Putting on a clean set of scrubs, gloves, and bringing out the sharpest scalpel available, the crew at Custom Concepts shaved the door handles, stake pockets, gas door, tailgate, taillights, cab seams, third brake light, and the antenna. Normally, that would be plenty of bodywork for one truck, but for Mitch, that wasn't quite enough. On went GMC Denali front headlights, a grille shell, front fenders, and a sectioned '01 GMC front bumper. The rear also received the custom treatment, as 16-inch Hitech LED lights were molded into the steel roll pan. Bodywork in hand, the crew put down the welder and picked up the paint gun. After Kevin Cox applied several layers of custom-mixed turquoise pearl and vanilla-shake pearl paint, Mitch's truck was fully custom. Moments of pride quickly turned to ideas of continuing the rig's modifications, and Mitch looked to add performance to his low rolling showpiece.
Sticking to Bow Tie power, an order was placed for an '00 ZZ3 motor to power his daily driver. Adding an LT4 Hot Cam with 1:6 ratio roller rockers added to the motor's 355 hp and brought it to life, running 385 horses right into the built 700-R4 transmission. Complete with a B&M Shift Improver Kit and 2,300-stall converter, the truck had no problem smoking the tires with the help of the 3.73 gears and Powertrax posi unit. Exhaust chores were handled by L&L shorty headers and a complete CGS 3-inch exhaust system and mufflers. Dropping the hammer quickly turned into a happy occasion, as a smile was now associated with acceleration. Much like the rest of the build-up, however, Mitch wanted more, and more led him into the cab's confines.
Opening the smoothed doors, Mitch removed the truck's entire interior. Starting with an emptied cavity, a handmade dash was crafted to house three MA Audio amplifiers and still retain the factory gauge cluster in a lower panel. Mercedes-Benz parchment wool carpet was applied to the bare floor, and the factory GM seats were cut and recovered in cappuccino-cream leather by the craftsmen at Leather Trim, in Fort Worth, Texas. The rear seats were left out because Mitch had big plans for the rear cabin space. Finishing off the interior was a B.A.D. Tuner steering wheel with matching turquoise blue ring. Listening to the motor growl down the highway was a very sweet sound, but Mitch wanted some tunes. After contacting the crew at Custom Concepts, an interior plan was agreed upon, and construction began.
Frenching the amps into the dash was no easy task, as each curve and every measurement had to be exact. Built and looking great, Mitch added custom billet covers to the MA Audio amps made by Billet Accessories Direct. The amps received signals from a Clarion head unit and are finely tuned by an MA Audio equalizer. Power was sent from the amps to three 15-inch MA Audio subs in a custom Cope Kessler-built fiberglass box. Each door and kick panel was also filled with MA Audio separates. You won't find TVs in this truck, just loud bass-blasting tunes for the lucky occupants.
When we asked why he named the truck Cha-Ching, Mitch replied, "because it's right on the money," and we wholeheartedly agree. It is a great feeling to own a truck from its time at the dealership to winning Best of Show at national contests, and without question, Mitch's truck has cashed in on being one of the best around. Luckily for us, the truck is now on the market for a new owner, so make an offer and see if you can cash in on Cha-Ching