Remember the days of a simpler life when milk was delivered to your door, air conditioning was a privilege, and cars were bathed in wood? Yeah, we don't either. However, Big Wood is an appropriate name for this sick '95 'Burban owned by Brandon Wooden, of course. If it makes more sense now, it should, after all this Chevy is big in every way and, well, wood just sounds cool.
Two years of his young life have been dedicated to perfecting this truck from nose to tail, roof to rocker, and color to Kolor. No real wood can be found on this rolling masterpiece, but after 500 hours of airbrushing, skulls, ghosts, and, yes, wood graphics now adorn the straightened metal surfaces. Ask him if he drives it and he replies with "Yeah, 9,000 miles to shows just this year." Any trophies? At this point, laughter can be heard because an extra trailer is needed just to carry the hardware this Best of Show winner has garnered in a year's time. Originally built as a project vehicle for his 9-5 job, Editor of Gaugemagazine.com, Big Wood got a little out of hand, and the result is automotive art at its finest.
Brandon purchased the Suburban for $15,500 and quickly locked down several sponsors and dropped down plenty of Benjamins on his own to get the rockers closer to the Indianapolis asphalt. Now riding on Belltech spindles, Air Ride Technologies Strong Arms, and Air Lift airbags, the Chevy is dumped low. Joe Mattis at The Hole in Auburn, Indianapolis, wasn't satisfied with just being dumped, so he quickly remedied the dilemma with a 2-3/4-inch body drop. Letting the air out of the 'bags now dropped the 'Burban just an inch from the doors. Dumped on the stockies was not an option and after Lenso signed onto the project, 22x10-inch Lenso T722 wheels were bolted on and wrapped in sweet Pirelli Pzero P265/35R22 tires. Not too many fullsize SUVs can tuck lug nuts, but this one does it with a simple flip of the switch.
Moving under the hood, Brandon pepped things up with an Edelbrock intake, Dyno Max headers, Flowmaster muffler, and some beautiful Empire Motorsports billet. To help the air suspension, an engine-driven compressor was bolted on, and a 300-amp alternator keeps the four Optima batteries charged. Mixing things up, Optiflo glass was installed under the hood, replacing many of the hoses with cool-looking stained glass. Speaking of glass, the smooth-as-glass exterior took 16 months to create. Not a typo.
After the body-drop added drama to the look, Brandon delivered the truck to Jim Land for body smoothing and Mike Menchhofer for amazing paint. After adding a Chassis Tech roll pan, '99 Denali grille, headlights, and fenders, a custom '01 Sierra bumper was made from four other bumpers and bolted on. Gone are the door handles, antenna, roof rack, and third brake light, and now residing in their place are a sweet Pro Finish hood and Street Scene mirrors. With the body smooth and the primer sanded, House of Kolor Tangelo Orange was applied as a basecoat by Menchoffer's skillful hand. It didn't take long to add the aggressive graphics to the surface - just 500 hours of painstaking perfection. Flames, scallops, skulls, bubbles, swirls, tribals, and color-fades are just a few of the jaw-dropping paint schemes on the truck. Nothing was left untouched, including the wiper cowl, the smoothed and painted dash, and even the painted, all-steel floor mats with matching graphics.
Carrying the paint inside the cab meant going all out under the smoothed roof. Porsche Camel carpet now lies on the floor with beautiful Camel leather-covered Cerullo seats. The extra-long custom center console was wrapped in matching leather and the orange suede headliner looks down on things with envy. Wrapped in matching leather is a BAD Carnage steering wheel with several Empire Motorpsorts billet accessories adding bling to the paint and leather. Troy Whitt from Kustom Koncepts, in Decatur, Alabama, designed and hand-fabricated the luxurious interior and gets props from everyone exposed to the truck. From an audio standpoint, the 'Burban is a rolling concert with plenty of highs and bass alike.
Kicker supplied several audio components to add the proper amount of tunes to the near-completed project. Providing audio signals and movies to the Kicker hardware is a Pioneer AVH-6500DVD head unit. Four Kicker amps power four 8-inch mid-bass speakers, four sets of 6-inch components, and four separate tweeters, all by Kicker. The sweet door panels were hand-crafted and feature tiny billet door handles and the brunt of Kicker midrange speakers. Discount Audio in Louisville, Kentucky, built and wired the system with a custom subwoofer enclosure housing none other than an 18-inch Kicker Solo-Baric sub. Got wood?
Awesome, sure. Baddest Suburban ever, maybe. Best of Show, without question. Now the only things on Brandon's list were to show it, show it, and show it. That's where we met him and that is where we shot his truck on a blocked-off street during a beautiful Indianapolis day. No, it's not your momma's woody wagon, but no one can dispute that this cover truck is a magnificent example of blood, sweat, and wood.