One outrageous custom late-model stocked during the '04 SEMA Show that rolled into the viewfinders of Truckin' editors Travis Noack's and Harley Camilleri's cameras was Ed Patrick's green-and-purple-flamed '99 Chevy Silverado. Ed is an active member of the club Negative Camber, whose members cruise their custom creations on the local boulevards of Chandler, Arizona.
The foundation of any custom cruiser lies in the frame and the suspension components that hang from it. The Silverado's frontend adjustable ride height was made possible by teaming up DJM upper and lower control arms with Chassis Tech pneumatic 'bags and Slammer shocks. A triangulated, four-link rear suspension handles both lateral loads during cornering and wheelhop when performing smoky burnouts. A set of 20x8-1/2-inch Players Wire Wheel Cabo polished billet aluminum wheels wrapped with 245/35ZR20 BFGoodrich rubber reside on all four corners.
The '99 5.3L Vortec V-8 engine was left stock, only to receive a Jet Performance Products computer chip. To enhance the engine compartment, some accessories received a coat of matching House of Kolor Lime Green.
To carry out the inferno paint scheme, the leading edge received a Trenz Flamed grille flanked by a pair of projector headlights and a Chassis Tech front bumper. The tail end features shaved taillights that were replaced with a horizontal LED taillight that was grafted into the Sir Michaels molded roll pan. A California Customs Smoothie tonneau cover and shaved door handles carry out the Silverado's sleek appearance. All of the body mods and paintwork were crafted by Third World Customs in Hobbs, New Mexico. Brian Moon of Third World Customs and Freddie Nandin of Innovative Creations are responsible for the House of Kolor Lime Green and PPG Magenta feathered into the Cobalt Blue, wispy flames that engulf the hood and continue all the way down the front fenders, doors, and bed-sides.
Upholstery Works in Mesa, Arizona, was responsible for the creative interior. The dash, door panels, and the center console received both Lime Green color and billet aluminum inserts. The front bucket seats were covered in gray leather with flamed stitches and brushed stainless inserts. The door panels and headliner were both highlighted with embossed flames.
For entertainment, Ed used the stock cassette/CD head unit. A Rockford Fosgate 100 Punch amplifier provides ample power for the Rockford Fosgate mids in the doors. A pair of 10-inch subwoofers are hidden under the rear seats.
Ed's Lime Green Skittle Silverado is definitely a taste of bitter sweet.