Lucas LaVasseur's '95 Chevy isn't over the top with wild paint screaming from every body panel. Rather, Lucas took a more simplistic approach to designing and building his truck and during the three years it took him to create this stunning '88-'98, Lucas put his fabrication talents to the test and came through the process with flying colors.
Lucas kept with a theme of simplicity when he built his truck, and what looks like a typical custom from the outside hides some interesting facets under the skin. For example, the suspension is slightly out of the ordinary, as it uses a six-link that Lucas installed himself along with Belltech spindles. Slam Specialties 'bags and 1/2-inch lines were used throughout, and 20x8.5-inch Centerlines were chosen to fill the wheelwells.
The interior is also simple, yet totally modern and sanitary, with two-tone tan and beige leather upholstery and a flowing fiberglass center console. A Boss Audio amp in the console powers two 12-inch shallow mount Pioneer subs on the back wall of the cab. Everything in the cab that isn't tan or beige is billet, from the gauge cluster and HVAC controls to the window cranks and of course, the Billet Specialties Psycho steering wheel.
Again, the outside of the truck was kept low-key, as a GMC phantom grille was installed and a stinger-style hood was bolted on. The tailgate handle was shaved and a roll pan was welded in, but the door handles remain. Lucas took on the bodywork, which is only fitting as he's an automotive painter himself. House of Kolor Kandy Cobalt Blue was sprayed on top, while a factory color for late-model GM trucks, DuPont Greystone Metallic, was used on the bottom.
Where Lucas' truck veers a bit from the simple route was his choice in engines. Swapping in an LS1 from a '02 Corvette was more work than keeping the old iron-block V-8, but the engine looks right at home under the truck's hood. A harness from Current Performance Wiring allows the factory gauges to work and keeps the 4L60E transmission shifting happily, and a set of ceramic-coated Street and Performance headers and Flowmaster exhaust give the engine the rumble it deserves
We definitely envy the end result of Lucas' work. Since he handled most of the build on his own, with help from his friends and family, there was never any question as to the status of the truck during the build and everything was done his way. If only it were always that simple.
The 5.7L LS1 has color-matched coil covers. The Greystone Metallic paint can also be found
From carpet to headliner, the interior is color-matched and completely clean.