According to Patrick Jones, his parents have held steadfast to the story that Patrick's first words were "boat" and "truck." A true fan of customized vehicles and shunning anything stock, this model is Patrick's third truck he has decided to modify. Once good friends with Mark Zelfer, whose truck, Mark's Dream, ruled the circuits for some time after his death, the duo used to give each other support and a little friendly competition. From the first two words uttered, this is the realization of Patrick's own dream.
After consulting with Jay Photoglou, an order was placed through Selman Chevrolet for a spanking-new '06 Silverado Crew Cab 4x4 with a Duramax LBZ engine under its hood. After waiting eight weeks for its delivery, the customization began in earnest. First on the list was a suspension lift for the truck. Superduty Headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona, mounted a RCD 6-inch system to the Silverado, which made room for the 20x10-inch MHT wheels and 325/60R20 Toyo Open Country rubber. To ensure the truck could handle the rigors of towing a boat, Air Ride helper 'bags were installed on the rear axle. The Duramax is no slouch on its own; but R&R Products in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, installed an intake and Gibson turbo-back stainless exhaust just to be sure.
Cleaning up the exterior is a speedy way to make your ride appear far from stock. This truck is no different, sporting Escalade door handles that were special-ordered in the truck's non-Escalade color. Also on the Chevy are billet grilles, a Bow Tie, and a Gaylord's tonneau cover. The factory emblems and moldings were removed, as well. To finish off the external transformation is the completely shaved and smoothed tailgate. Hidden inside, behind 5-percent limo-tinted windows is a multimedia system designed for the haul. A factory head unit keeps Patrick attached to OnStar, should the need arise, but for now, the stock stereo head unit plays through a JL Audio 500.5 Slash amplifier. Total Auto Pros in Phoenix also thought to install a few speakers with the amplifier in the form of JL Audio XR 6-1/2-inch coaxials in the front doors, VR 5-1/4-inch coaxials in the rear doors, and three 10w1v8 subwoofers in a suede enclosure behind the rear seat. A Savv 9-1/2-inch motorized TV with a built-in DVD hangs from the ceiling and can be switched through the stereo's audio or privately heard through the infrared Savv headphones.
Patrick's love for the water drew him to DCB's showroom, where he set up the purchase of an '06 Mach 26. Ordered with the mid-cabin and open bow, the cat hull is powered by one of the most popular engine choices on the water right now; a Mercruiser 496HO backed by a Bravo 1X drive. The 496's roar is muffled a bit, thanks to Gibson transom-mount mufflers. RareKoncepts.com designed a one-off gel scheme for the boat ensuring it does not blend into the crowds on the lake. Further customizing was handled during the forming of the hull when DCB half-capped the boat with a stainless rub rail running only on the sides. This boat marks the first Mach 26 to be built with no inner side panels. Instead, the gunnels are coated in carbon-vinyl and side consoles run down each interior wall. Green LED mood lighting sets the stage when the lights go down. Added entertainment is thanks to Chris Rozmus, who set up Patrick with an Alpine 9855 CD/MP3/XM receiver and an iPod adapter. That, in turn, controls one JL Audio 500.1 subwoofer amplifier and one JL Audio e6450 satellite amplifier. Two pairs of Focal Polyglass 6-1/2-inch coaxials and two JL 12w6 subwoofers entertain owner and guests alike. The piece de resistance in this DCB is the fully polished, custom Boat Bling engine cover. Patrick is especially proud of it due to the fact that www.boatbling.net is his own personal business, which has exploded, thanks to a tight boating community. The Mach rides in style to and from the water on a triple Extreme trailer. Seventeen-inch wheels and Hankook tires sparkle under the rest of the trailer's polished stainless sheen, while the shortened fenders and custom tails fit to each side of the trailer. Extreme even painted the trailer in matching GM Greystone Metallic to match the truck and together they make a perfect pair.
With a high-profile business and a past littered with customized vehicles, Patrick has achieved his dream of being, one day, featured in the same magazine as his dearly departed friend. We're glad we could oblige. With a couple trucks already done and a boat to boot, it will only be a matter of time before getting photographed again. We'll wait and see what happens next.