While it is no secret the vast and robust truck market is on a slight decline-due to the ever increasing fuel prices-building not one but two totally matching truck and boat combinations might not be the most economical venture to pursue. When the plan was formulated back in early 2007, however, fuel prices hadn't escalated to where they are now. And the marketing plan that was built around garnering lots of media companies, as well as numerous Truckin' advertisers and SEMA partners, was simply too good not to fulfill these unique projects.
Also, by the time our readers are seeing these great looking truck and boat combinations, they should be popping up in attendance at numerous truck- and marine-related events across the country to showcase the massive crossover potential between the aftermarket truck industry and the marine industry. That was the original goal throughout the build. The reverse color-matched trucks and boats, in theory, could be separated. So, if one truck needed to go specifically to a truck-related event without the boat, it could. If the boat went to a marine-related event, we could simply place the opposite truck in front of it and everything would still match-albeit reversed.
The theme for both builds was to partner with General Motors, which we did through our friends in the Vortec Engine division, who were able to supply us with a brand-new black '07 Chevy Silverado and an '07 GMC Sierra that was built by Street Scene Equipment (SSE). Both vehicles were instrumental in the development of new products for the aftermarket, when the trucks were launched in late 2006. The journey from stock to full-custom was a wild one, but the end results were worth it.
The '07 Chevrolet Silverado was sent over to Fabtech Suspension in Chino, California, to have them develop a prototype 7-inch coilover suspension system. At the time, some parts already existed through other suspension manufacturers. But Fabtech wanted it done right, so what better way to showcase a proper suspension lift than through a truck with overwhelming eye-candy potential, which was also destined to see a ton a road miles at shows across the country.
Once the kit was prototyped, it was sent over to Extreme Trucks in Irvine, California, for final fitment. Up front, billet aluminum Dirt Logic 2.0 coilovers were installed on newly powdercoated, color-matching red bracketry. Out back, another set of Dirt Logic 2.0 billet shock absorbers were installed, as well as the lift blocks. A set of Firestone Ride-Rite airbags and a compressor were also installed to help with the weight distribution-once the boat was installed to the backend of the truck. While there, the truck was also upgraded with 4.10:1 Precision Gears. The front and rear differential covers were replaced with larger capacity Mag-HyTec pieces, which add an additional quart of fluid to aid in cooling the gears. In addition, Extreme Trucks also replaced the factory exhaust system with a GM partner, Corsa Exhaust, using its brand-new stainless steel back-cat system. Before installing the new KMC Hoss wheels, the truck was sent over to Custom Truck Shop in San Dimas, California, for a complete system overhaul of the factory brakes.
Out went the factory front disc and rear drum brakes and in went the new Baer Racing AlumaSport system, consisting of 14-inch EradiSpeed directional rotors up front-and their complete rear disc brake upgrade-over the stock factory drum braking system. Planted under all four corners are KMC Hoss 20x9.5-inch wheels, which were dressed in Nitto Terra Grappler LT35x12.50R20 tires. However, before mounting and balancing the wheels and tires, the wheels were sent out for powdercoating in the same silver color as the trucks' pinstripe lines. The bead locks were also powdercoated for both the truck and the Extreme boat trailer. As another must for any lifted truck, to ease ingress and egress, the Silverado was fitted with a set of retractable AMP Research running boards that tuck up and away when not in use. Aesthetically, when the doors are closed, the boards are undetectable.
With the suspension and small performance aspects covered, it was time to deliver the Silverado to the paint specialists at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, where lead artist Theresa Contreras took over and worked her magic to the topside of the Chevrolet's stock, black sheetmetal. Fit to the truck were SSE's entire catalog of newly created polyurethane components, including windshield wiper cowl, bumper cover, Speed Grille lower front bumper valance, and Speed Grille shell fit with silver-matching inserts.
Then, the truck was covered in color, courtesy of DuPont Hot Hues. Over the factory black, Theresa applied DuPont Hot Hues Red Hot Meltdown as the base color and accented it with Smooth Yellow, Molten Orange Candy, and accented by Gun Metal Gray pinstripe lines. To top it all off, Theresa airbrushed the Chevrolet Bow Tie and Silverado logos to the tailgate, then the bed was topped off with a Leer Series 800 lockable tonneau cover, and a Wise Industries carpeted bed liner was installed underneath it.
While the truck was still drying, the interior was basically gutted and the seats were delivered to Classic Soft Trim, whose aftermarket seat division took over and transformed our black cloth seats into leather. The black and red suede inserts are supple to the touch, and do an expert job of complementing the aggressive appearance of the newly redesigned interior.
While awaiting the seats return, the truck was sent over to the audio kings at Audio Innovations in Glendora. Once there, Joe Provenzano worked over the stock system by adding a complete Sony Mobile Xplod audio system, complete with DVD player. In addition, four replacement Xplod 5-1/4-inch component plate speakers are now powered by two Sony four-channel amplifiers. The coup de gras was the pair of Sony 10-inch subwoofers, which were added to a custom box fitted behind the rear seat. For back seat movie-viewing pleasure, a pair of 5-inch color LCD headrest monitors were installed, as well as an additional 5-inch monitor to the factory center console. Almost all of the factory dash pieces were removed, then recolored in the Hot Hues Red Hot Meltdown.
As if the trucks weren't flashy enough, we went one step further and partnered up with a leading West Coast performance boat manufacturer, Eliminator Boats, to build an equally impressive 27-Daytona cat hull. It was colored in the same matching gel coat as the truck's exterior, then fit with a Mercury Racing 525 EFI big-block engine attached to a Mercury Racing XR outdrive. Capable of speeds exceeding 80 mph, the boat was accessorized with a long list of items, purchased via marine mail order giant CP Performance in Rohnert Park, California. CP Performance also owns Hardin Marine, so a set of hand controls were outfitted to the boat, as well as all the billet accessories that really set the boat's overall look. Side air intakes were hand-crafted and follow the unique oval shape of the Street Scene mesh grille material. All of the billet items were powdercoated to match the DuPont Hot Hues Gun Metal Gray.
Monitoring the engine's vitals are a complete accessory gauge package from Auto Meter. The company's 5-inch Monster package is from its carbon-fiber series line and ties in nicely with the carbon-fiber interior vinyl. Sony Marine supplied all of the audio gear again, which was expertly installed by Audio Innovations. They went one step further and installed another set of 5-inch headrest monitors and a monitor into the boat's dash. Why? Just to be different and really set the mood when the truck and boat are displayed at an indoor event. Rounding out the remaining accessories are Dana Marine, Eddie Marine, and Prestige Marine accessories, all of which add further custom design elements into the boat.
Underneath the boat was fitted an Extreme Custom Trailer, which was treated to the same color-matched DuPont Red Hot Meltdown paint. Extreme went one step further and dressed the trailer up in french-cut LED lighting, and had Unique Funtional Products (UFP) axles cross-drill their rotors to match the Baer Racing disc brake setup on the truck. Once completed, the same color-matched KMC Hoss wheels-measuring out at 20x8.5-inches-were added, and shod in Nitto NT420S P255/45ZR20 tires. Knowing the truck and trailer would be hitting the long and open road, HOT Motorsports in Santa Ana was commissioned to add clear vinyl bra material to all of the trailer's exposed front surfaces. This would help protect against road chips that might otherwise destroy the overall appearance of the trailer while in attendance at shows.
To see both the lifted and lowered Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra with their color-matched Eliminators rolling down the street together, for their debuts during the 2007 SEMA Show, was a spectacle all of its own. To date, both of these ensemble trucks and boats have been all over the nation, and a major road tour is currently underway as of this writing. So please, if any of our readers see them hitting the local shows, either truck related or marine related, be sure to stop by and check them out. We think you will agree, the details are unbelievable and the two vehicles and boats together are virtual eye candy.