Over his 10-year career in the Unites States Marine Corps, Sergio Gonzalez Jr. was never really in one place long enough to get his '02 Chevy Silverado finished. Well, according to Sergio it's still not finished, but regardless, being overseas kept him from ever really making the headway he wanted. After tours in Okinawa, Thailand, Korea, Georgia, Brussels, and Hong Kong, and three deployments to Iraq, Sergio wasted no time in building his dream truck once he returned.
After a few setbacks, including the theft of his first set of 26-inch wheels and his audio system, Sergio buckled down and worked to get his daily driver just the way he wanted. When Sergio decided that 26-inch wheels were the way to go, this time completely laid out, he knew where to turn. Aaron, Ben, and Dale; the guys at Chasis by Aaron Iha, made room for the paint-matched 26x10-inch MOZ Sapphire wheels and 305/30R26 Hankook Ventus ST tires by fabricating a set of upper and lower control arms using Uniballs to allow for massive travel without binding. The rear uses a reversed triangulated four-link to locate a narrowed Chevy rearend. Contitech 2,600-pound 'bags were used at all four corners and are linked to two Viair 480 compressors via braided stainless steel lines and an Asco valve manifold. With plenty of room as well as the additional rotational inertia, Sergio decided a brake upgrade was in order. Fourteen-inch SSBC rotors and equally beefy calipers were mounted up front, with complementary SSBC equipment in the rear.
Mexico Collision Center in South Gate, California, came through in the clutch with top-notch paint and bodywork on a condensed timeline. Javier "Mexico" Gomez didn't cut any corners on the bodywork. In fact, the truck sports all the usual suspects when it comes to cleaning up the lines of a truck, and then some. You'll notice shaved body trim, shaved stake pockets, and smoothed body plastics including: front bumper cover, lower valance, grille shell, grille Bow Tie, sideview mirrors, wiper cowl, engine cover, radiator surge tank, and core support cover. Javier also ported the cab and bed for three 12-inch JL Audio subwoofers before he applied House of Kolor Kandy Cobalt Blue over a Galaxy Gray base and it was all accented with silver leaf and pinstriping by Curly. When the paint had been sanded and buffed to perfection, Anzo dual projector headlights and billet grilles were mounted up front and IPCW LED taillights were mounted in the rear.
The aforementioned subs are powered by three Alpine PDX 1.1000 mono amps that work in concert with an Alpine PDX-4.150 amp for the Focal 165 vrk2p 6.5-inch separates in the front doors and the 165 vr1 6.5-inch separates in the rear doors. The Alpine IVA-W505 7-inch touchscreen head unit in the dash serves as the centerpiece for the whole ensemble that was assembled and wired by Sound High Car Stereo in South Gate. The remainder of the interior fell to California Upholstery in Bell Gardens, California, where indigo carpet serves as the foundation for seats wrapped in indigo Uni-Suede, platinum ultra leather, and pewter suede. The door panels, steering wheel, dash, and headliner were also wrapped, and everything that was too small or intricate for upholstery, like the seat adjustment knobs, coat hooks, and the dash bezel, was sent off to be painted. The result is an interior that left almost nothing untouched. In fact, after studying the cab, the only things that appear factory are the seatbelts.
Sergio is completely happy with his truck and appreciates all of the guys that put their best efforts into making it his ultimate daily driver. From the booming yet crisp audio and intricate upholstery, to the gorgeous paintjob and the suspension that delivers whether unladen or while towing, Sergio didn't compromise anything. Special thanks from Sergio go out to Christine and the guys at Chassis by Aaron Iha, Joe at California Upholstery, Rigo at Sound High Car Stereo, and Adrian at Rolling Wheels. Semper Fi.