Sean Cooley, from Bride City, Texas, made some big changes in his life and decided that this '08 Chevy Silverado shortbed was a good place to spend some time celebrating. After purchasing the truck he's spent the last two years refining it to suit his taste. We spotted it at Tex Mex '10 and the combination of wheels, stance, and color made it stand out in the crowd-we just had to shoot it.
The suspension of the regular cab was built by none other than Ekstensive Metalworks, who two-linked the rear and added a Panhard bar along with Firestone 'bags. The front utilizes Ekstensive lower control arms and relocated stock upper arms that narrow the track width. Firestone 'bags were also used in the front, and were plumbed with 1/2-inch copper lines and GC valves. Unlike the front, the rear axle wasn't narrowed, so the 24x10-inch Boss Motorsports 313 wheels and 305/35R24 Nexen tires are a tight fit into the wheelwells, but that's the way we like 'em.
According to Sean, Tony's relocated handle functions better than any aftermarket flip kit
Sean works at Philpott Collision in Port Neches, Texas, so there was no question where to turn for the bodywork. Tony Nguyen helped out with a custom tailgate handle flip kit and a Grant Kustoms roll pan. The stake pockets were shaved and a set of ANZO LED taillights were installed in the rear before Tony prepped the body for Sean to spray his first full color-change repaint. The color of choice was Lime Rock Green, a factory Hyundai color you might have seen on Genesis coupes. We think it looks better on Sean's truck, but we might be a little biased.
Bringing the Lime Rock Green inside the truck, Sean spent hours smoothing and sanding the door panels before spraying them. In the tech sheet he filled out, he described the chore as a, "Pain in the...", and that's where his writing conveniently trailed off the end of the page. We'll let you figure it out. Other interior modifications include new black carpet and upholstery work by Master Craftsman in Beaumont, Texas.
Sean would like to thank Ekstensive for all of their help and for standing behind their work 100%. Thanks also go out to Philpott Collision and Bud, JP, Scooter, and Tony. Sean wanted to remind us that this truck is his daily driver, and that he couldn't imagine putting so much work into a truck to only cruise it at shows. We hope that "Simple Green" keeps getting better every time we spot it at a show, and we hope it inspires our readers to get out there and drive their pride and joy.