The Chevy SSR is just one of those trucks that looks great fresh off of the lot given its retro, hot-rod inspired styling. Even with its factory-given hard-top convertible capability and its vibrant Slingshot Yellow paintjob, Tony Savage's '03 SSR just didn't have the right amount of flash or substance to truly leave him content. Tony planned on giving his brand-new truck a full custom makeover, and while in the process, he hoped to work in a good deed at the same time. To the rest of the truck enthusiast world 'SSR' stands for Super Sport Roadster, but Tony cleverly reworked the well-known acronym in hopes to raise awareness for children's cancer treatment. Support St. Jude Research now serves as this truck's official moniker, and with a worthy cause to fight for, Tony has been doing his best to spread the word by hitting as many shows and events as possible.
When we first caught up with Tony and his SSR at the Slamily Reunion show in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we were instantly impressed with its color scheme and complementing, staggered rolling attire. The truck looked even better once Tony hopped in and hit the switches of his complete Airbagit.com air-ride system. The 20x8-inch front and 22x9.5 rear KMC 820SS wheels wrapped in respective 245/35R20 and 285/35R22 Nitto 555 tires kept inching deeper into the fender wells for a resulting slick stance. Yusuf Boyd and his crew at Immortal Kustomz in Olive Branch, Mississippi, handled the installation of Airbagit's components, which completely transformed the already handsome SSR into a debonair and sophisticated street machine.
To further add to the SSR's devilish good looks, a four-piece Motorsports Performance Design, Inc. body styling kit, which included a front spoiler, left and right side skirts, and a rear wing, was prepped, painted, and slapped onto the Chevy's facade. Since the factory yellow paint was already somewhat attention grabbing, Tony decided to keep some of it while incorporating DuPont Silver Steel Metallic to the lower half of the truck for an interesting color contrast. To step things up a notch, Tony had painter Jaycee Poulsen of Kutin Edge Kustomz, in Byhalia, Mississippi, thrown down a colorful array of flames that were custom blended to shift between seven different colors. Once the truck was delivered to Tony, there were still some finishing touches that he wanted to add to the paint before it was considered a done deal. Jeff Johnson, a former Truckin' cover and Top 10 truck owner and proprietor of Jeff's Body Shop, in England, Arkansas, was recruited to work in some additional flames to the hood's center section and front fenders. Jeff also wrapped up the finish work and applied the final shine.