Let's say it's 2006 and you're in the market for a Corvette. The C6 Z06 has been the talk of the motoring press and you've just got to have one. What's a guy to do? Well the easy route is to drive to your local Chevrolet dealer, try it out, and buy one, and David LaManno, of Thousand Oaks, California, did just that. Well, almost. Dave is not exactly what you'd call petite, at over six and a half feet tall he didn't fit in the 'Vette at the dealership, which was bad for him, but good for all of us Truckin' readers. Not wanting to spend "Shaq money" to modify a performance car for his height, Dave spent months researching performance truck builds using two websites in particular, performancetrucks.net, and silveradoss.com.
After posting questions and getting answers, Dave decided that he was going to build a truck that could out-accelerate a Corvette. Armed with two years of research and with the help of several new friends, Dave bought an '04 Silverado extended cab and began the slow but steady build. The first iteration of Dave's truck included a monotone midnight blue paintjob and a supercharged 5.3L that landed him in the Readers' Rides section of the magazine back in issue #12 of '07. Shortly after he emailed us, he told us what he had planned for his truck. With such lofty ambitions we weren't sure Dave would ever reach his goal, but here it is, true to Dave’s original plan.
The first step in building a sport truck is the suspension, so Dave called upon Trader's Trucks, in Santa Fe Springs, California, to install a Belltech 4/4 drop kit and bolt on a set of one-off 22-inch Pro Wheels that mimic the Z06's wheel design. Wilwood stepped in with a set of its TC6R six-piston 16-inch rotor big brakes that cut stopping distances considerably. You can see that install in last month’s issue. With his new suspension and brakes, Dave could take advantage of his 5.3L's 500hp, but it still wasn't Corvette quick.
You might recognize the interior of Dave's truck, as we showed you the install of the Grant Steering wheel, Auto Meter pillar pods, and overhead gauges in past issues of Truckin'. The gauges in particular have come in handy as they allow Dave to monitor his air/fuel ratio, intake air temp, transmission temp, and dozens of other engine functions. A smoothed and painted dash, suede and leather seats, and a suede headliner take the Chevy's interior upscale, but you won't find much audio equipment inside, as the real music comes from the finely-tuned instrument under the hood. Besides, subs are heavy and Corvettes aren't heavy.