Vehicle manufacturers have an awful habit of building amazing concepts and then never bringing them to market. They are all guilty of the crime, but for Troy Anderson of Anderson Bros. Auto Body in West Sacramento, California, Chevrolet's crime was especially heinous. In 2002, Chevrolet debuted the Silverado SS concept, a lowered, extended cab truck with a unibody-style integrated bed, a flush tonneau, and cool exhaust exits. You know by now that Chevrolet never built that truck, instead we got the much more pedestrian Silverado SS in AWD and RWD versions. Determined to build his own version, Troy pulled styling elements from various Chevrolet models, and even some Ford sheetmetal for good measure. The end result was this amazing truck that looks like it rolled out a custom design studio.
Troy's plans were big, and over the course of six years, the '03 Chevy Silverado extended cab was transformed into the Flame Red custom you see here. Starting with the most obvious modification, the guys at Anderson Bros cut off the forward part of the bed and moved it towards the cab, stitching the two pieces together forever. Like the concept, Troy wanted the truck's C-pillars to be a little more substantial, so they were extended 3.5 inches to give the truck a slight buttress behind the rear glass. Combined with blacking out the B-pillar the effect is a totally different greenhouse that gives the truck the appearance of tilting forward. People often comment that some vehicles look fast standing still, well Anderson Bros. accomplished just that.
One-upping the concept, the top of the bed was completely enclosed with a flush-welded sheetmetal panel. A small trunk opening was cut to access the Kinetik battery and compressor. The front of the truck also received its share of custom metalwork, as a Ford Super Duty hood cowl found its way onto the Chevy hood. The effect is somewhat like a cowl-induction hood, but much wider, so it blends in more while changing the contour of the entire front clip. Of course the door handles were shaved as well, using actuators inside rather than door handles to further smooth the inner door panels, but more on the interior later. Troy's plans to integrate '10 Tahoe headlights meant for significant fabrication, as the fenders were cut and the hood was extended while an SS bumper was mated with a chopped factory '03 grille. The result is unmistakably Chevrolet, but unlike anything you've ever seen before. With the modifications complete, the Anderson Bros. crew prepped the body and then layered Sikkens Flame Red over every square inch of bodywork before two silver stripes were masked and sprayed as well. Two-tone pinstriping on the hood and tailgate capped that paintwork in true custom form.
D And D Fabrication in Sacramento, stepped up to the plate to take on the chassis on Troy's one-of-a-kind custom. Kelly Dickinson and Bruce Hendrickson took eight inches out of the middle of the frame to shorten the wheelbase to match the body mods that Troy and the guys at Anderson Brothers Auto Body had cooked up. The front suspension uses McGaughy's spindles and RideTech airbags plumbed with 1/2-inch lines and the rear uses a KP Components six-link. D And D's handiwork, combined with the 4-inch body drop performed by Anderson Brothers lets the truck lay out on 24-inch Bonspeed Atom wheels.