Switching gears to the exterior, Carson, with the help of his buddy Randy Alvarez, added a '99 Escalade front clip and began the sheetmetal's transformation. Next up, a DJM flame grille was added, along with APC clear corners, Euro tails, a wiper cowl, Kodiac Sidewinder steps, and Street Scene mirrors. To complement all of those products, the Tahoe needed some paint, and close friend Jared Chockup of Iron Cross Auto Body, in San Luis Obispo, had the perfect remedy for the Tahoe. On went several coats of Chevy green paint with silver traditional flames. Never content with the Tahoe's appearance, Carson still wanted more.
Inside the Tahoe's cabin was the final place for revitalization. Calling on the talent of friend Aaron Elliott, Carson requested an audio/video system worthy of the pages of Truckin's SUV. Aaron obliged Carson's request by installing an Alpine IVA-801C head unit, three sets of Alpine 6.5-inch components, and an Alpine DVD player. Providing the power to the three Audiobahn 12-inch flame subs are two Audiobahn 2300 amplifiers. Keeping the system powered up are two Optima Yellow Top batteries and a 200-amp Powermaster alternator. Ron Burke of Burke's Upholstery was recruited for the custom seats, which were covered in Katzkin leather. Completing the interior makeover is a set of Trenz flame pedals, a rearview mirror, a Colorado Customs flame steering wheel, and an Escalade gauge cluster.
After four great years of learning, customizing, and meeting new friends, Carson's Tahoe was finally complete. Driving to the Truckin' Vegas Nats last summer, we were amazed at the attention to detail and overall execution of the buildup. Carson will be the first to say this project could not have been completed without great friends, and in the case of this blazing Tahoe, he shows us all that leading the way can be a wonderful adventure with the right people.