We don't have to tell you that the '03 Chevy Silverado you see on the next few pages is eye-catching, that much is apparent. But maybe we do need to tell you that Alex Rubio isn't done with this creation. After over four years of building to suit his taste, the Bakersfield, California, truck-lover is still contemplating what the future holds for this machine.
Alex kept most of the build local, which is easy in Bakersfield. Mariano Kustomz was the first stop, where DJM control arms and four-ply Contitech 'bags were combined to give the front suspension an enormous amount of travel. For the rear, Mariano Kustomz fabricated a four-link suspension and mounted another matching pair of Contitech 'bags, completing the system with 1/2-inch lines and 1/2-inch SMC valves that are fed a diet of compressed nitrogen from the bed-mounted tank. The product of all of the cutting, wrenching, and plumbing is a suspension that tucks a set of 24x10-inch U2 55 wheels deep into the fenders. Keeping in mind that the truck's SS front end is legit, and it still maintains its AWD driveline, and the suspension is even more impressive.
Alex is somewhat of an audiophile, so the normal bolt-in audio swap wasn't going to meet his expectations. Instead, a Clarion head unit was wired into a bank of components from Memphis Audio and Diamond, including four sets of 6-inch Diamond components and two 15-inch Memphis Audio Mojo subwoofers. With a grand total of 4,000 watts of power, the system is strong enough to rattle the 15-inch drop-down monitor in the truck's headliner. Even with the monstrous subs, Alex was able to keep the back seats intact, as the amps were mounted underneath, while the subs were mounted in a box in the bed that's ported through the cab. Audio wasn't enough for Alex, as the cab was also fully upholstered in leather in various exotic textures. California Upholstery in Bell Gardens, California, handled the application of stingray, snake, and elephant-patterned leather on the steering wheel, seats, and door panels, while smooth black leather and blue piping was used for contrast. Everything that wasn't upholstered was readied for the wild paint job that was awaiting the exterior.
Kal Koncepts prepped the body by shaving the door and tailgate handles as well as smoothing the interior and engine bay plastics. Then the truck was sprayed a nice, simple black. At least it was simple, until Kal Koncepts put down green, silver, blue, orange, and magenta graphics using House of Kolor pigments. Even with the dynamic, overlapping graphics, the paint wasn't finished until Craig Fraser from Air Syndicate picked up his brush and laid down contrasting pinstriping. His airbrush work can also be seen on the swirling pattern in the green, countless gears within the blue, a splatter effect on the silver, and the drop-shadow and highlights throughout.
If you ever find yourself in Bakersfield, keep your eyes open. The odds are pretty good that you'll be able to find Alex and the rest of the guys from the Sickness club cruising down Buck Owens Blvd. With each truck sporting a vibrant paint scheme, they're hard to miss.