After building a couple of vehicles that turn heads regularly, the need to top the last emerges from one's psyche. Successive vehicles start to snowball rapidly into a seemingly never-ending spiral of modification after modification. And in the end, some point will stand out that could have been changed to suit the overall scheme of things. What's a person to do? Nothing, just build it again.
That is exactly what Michael McKeska of Stoutsville, Ohio, did when he purchased a '99 Chevy Crew Cab dualie. Michael reflected on his previously built vehicles and started to come up with ever-twisting ideas about what he wanted to do. And the snowballing began. To get the big, bad dualie down to size, that twisted plan included cutting the frame from the firewall back and scrapping it. From the cut-back, Michael himself fabricated an entirely new, fully boxed frame, using 3x5-inch box tubing. The rest of the front frame stub was Z'd to facilitate laying the big rig flat out. Belltech 3-inch drop spindles found their way to replace the stock counterparts, and going from dropped to sky-high is done with Slam Specialties ES-82 'bags. A parallel four-link with a Panhard bar resides out back, actuated by semi-truck triple-bellows airbags. A monster bridge creates the necessary room to mount the gargantuan 22-inch lift 'bags. After all the welding and fabrication were completed on the frame, it was then painted pewter to match the OE exterior color. The old-school look adorns the frame, due to the use of hot rod pinstriping. The rest of the air system is contained in the Rhino-lined bed. Two painted Viair compressors feed one 12-gallon air tank through all-stainless hard lines. Big chrome 19x7-inch APP wheels, wrapped in 245/45R19 Pirelli tires, make up the six-wheel rolling stock. Once the suspension was settled down off the jackstands and the air dumped from the 1/2-inch Parker valve-equipped rubber bellows, Michael couldn't help but notice the frame sat squarely on terra firma, but the body was way too high from the ground. With the snowballing in full effect, he re-situated the truck back in the shop and promptly body-dropped the hauler 4 inches. Laying rocker on 19s? Mission accomplished.
Believe it or not, not all 1-ton trucks from the General came with 454ci big-blocks. This long rig actually has a 350ci V-8. To make some attempt at motivating all the truck's weight into forward motion, Michael took apart the motor and did a full port and polish job on the heads. Once reassembled, an entirely fresh, mandrel-bent 3-inch exhaust system was fit tightly under the new frame and body drop. To clean things up in the engine bay, inner fender panels were constructed from trailer fenders, and the Optima RedTop battery was relocated under the bed. Flex-a-lite fans replace the stock clutch fan, and a completely custom intake and engine cover were made, incorporating a dual-snorkel air-intake system, finishing things off under the hood.