Imagine building a 'bagged, body-dropped Chevy fitted with bold, big rollers, and more body modifications than a Hollywood movie star. Working steadily on perfecting the suspension and bodywork, rolling the creation into a paint booth, making a pit stop at the upholstery shop, and finally cruising that body-draggin' vision into its first show debut: This was the mind-set of Eddie Gonzalez of Houston, two years ago, as he worked steadily to complete his 'bagged and body-dropped '97 Chevy Fleetside. Before Eddie got the truck up to show status, someone came along with a deal he simply couldn't pass up. A straight trade was offered for the candy-apple green, 'bagged, and detailed '93 Chevy Sportside laid out across these pages. If Eddie would sign over the pink slip to his project, he could own this completed custom. Intrigued with the idea of being able to roll this truck right out of the present owner's garage and onto the show scene, Eddie agreed and made the '93 his new low-rolling pride.
Once the truck was idled into the Gonzalez's garage, Eddie began crawling all over his new gem and discovered some sick chassis and suspension work. Under the Chevy's nose sit Belltech drop spindles and Firestone 2500 airbags to get the leading edge down to Earth. A pair of KYB shocks were mounted to a custom engine cage for increased ride quality, and the rear was fitted with a custom step notch, Firestone 2500 airbags, and a custom two-link setup to get the tail end hammered. Whoever was behind the welder and plasma cutter when the chassis was fabricated mounted two Nitrogen bottles in the bed and tucked a 5-gallon tank and a VIAIR 450 compressor under the bed to blast nitrogen through 1/2-inch Parker valves and 1/2-inch airline to the Firestone bellows. Two toggle switches on the dash get the truck on and off the ground, while Boyd Coddington Turbine billets tuck deep into the fenderwells. For the ultimate hot-rod look, a pair of 20x8-inch Turbines mounted on BFGoodrich P235/45ZR20 low-pros reside up front, while 22x10-inch Turbines clothed in P295/30ZR22 BFG meats tuck neatly into the rear fenders.
As previously mentioned, this rim-stuffing ride was complete when Eddie gripped onto the keys. The original master behind the welder and paint gun who created the seamless and bold envelope obviously had some talent in their corner. Gone from the factory setup are the door handles, the antenna, stake pockets, the tailgate handle, and most notably, the top bodyline on the front fenders, the doors, the bed, and the tailgate. A Sir Michaels roll pan was molded in out back, and all of the smoothed metal was sealed with House of Kolor Candy Green and topped with traditional flames.
Between the doors of this sensational frame wrecker lie a pair of stock buckets wrapped in gray tweed. The stock dash and door panels were given a healthy smoothing and drenched in Candy Apple Green liquid. A Colorado Custom steering wheel and miscellaneous billet updates contrast perfectly against the sea of gray and green. Providing 'rail-dragging jams is a heart-pumping audio ensemble consisting of Pioneer, MTX, MB Quartz, and Phoenix Gold goods.
Eddie came across the ultimate deal when he discovered this candy-green cruiser. He is quick to point out that, although he didn't build this custom, being recognized by Truckin' magazine is truly an honor. In Eddie's view, "every Truckin' fan deserves a shine under the spotlight." Eddie enjoys showing the truck with his club, Aftermath, and is currently building a 'bagged and body-dropped Tahoe to rock the '06 show scene. Are you ready for your second moment in the spotlight?