There are some people that just can't keep their opinion to themselves. While shooting the feature on Justin Brown's '08 Chevy Silverado at Scrapin' the Coast, two individuals in particular were vocal in second-guessing the styling decisions Justin had made, but it didn't bother him one bit. In the two years he's owned the regular cab shortbed, every modification has been Justin's call and he hasn't regretted any of them.
His favorite addition to his truck was the 'bagged suspension that was installed by his friend Keith Thompson in Florence, Mississippi. Keith used components from Ekstensive Metalworks, including a front 'bag kit with Slam Specialties RE7 bags, 3/8-inch air line, and 1/2-inch SMC valves. The rear also uses Ekstensive components, as a two-link was installed with matching components. Two Viair 380 compressors and a five-gallon tank power the suspension that Justin monitors from the cab with three AVS gauges and an AVS switchbox. With a new set of inner front fenderwells in place, the Chevy tucks a set of 26-inch Dub Illusion 6 wheels wrapped in 275/25R26 Clear HP 166 tires.
Keeping with Justin's vision, the exterior of the truck was enhanced by adding an SS bumper cover, roll pan, and mirrors from Street Scene and by blacking out the Bow Tie and grille. Chase Pickett in Brookhaven, Mississippi, sprayed all of the smoothed bodywork in several coats of black that was meticulously buffed to a gleaming luster. The factory taillights also got a light tint, but Justin wanted to leave just a hint of brightwork, so the Halo projector headlights and door handles remain untouched and a blazing set of HID driving lights were fitted to the bumper. The result is a menacing look with a fiery burst of light from an otherwise black façade.
Justin lightened things up a little on the interior, where black and gray leather upholstery was applied to the factory buckets by OnSite Audio in Baton Rouge, along with an embroidered Bow Tie on each seat back. The dash and door panels were immersed in the same deep black as the exterior, as was a custom center console that Justin built, which houses a 10-inch Polk Audio SR-series sub. The remainder of the audio work was completed by Performance Audio in Brookhaven, Mississippi, where 6 1/2-inch Polk Audio components were matched with Momo 4x6-inch plates and Polk Audio amps. A JVC Arsenal KW-AVX720 head unit in the dash provides the interface for tunes, and fits in perfectly with the mostly blacked-out interior.
Never quite finished with any project, the sky's the limit for this Silverado. Version 1.0 of the truck is complete, leaving Justin contemplating what the future holds for the Silverado. With three custom minis under his belt, we hope that fullsize fever has taken its hold.
Special Thanks To:
Performance Audio, Onsite Audio, Keith Thompson, Chase Pickett, Brandon Beeson, Bobby Beeson, Johnny Bass, Sean McGowan, Keith Franklin, and last but not least, Justin's family.