The why often overshadows the how when it comes to building custom trucks. As editors, we have a responsibility to tell you how someone took a stock truck and turned it into a slick-looking, feature-worthy show truck, but we sometimes forget to mention why the owner or builder went to such lengths. For Dennis Hayden, of Houston, the why and who are much more intriguing than the how. Dennis wanted a truck that he could take pride in, but it really just served as a good excuse to hang out with his friends and family.
Up front, Dennis and his buddies got to work installing Ekstensive Metalworks '99-'06 Chevy suspension setup, which consists of relocated control arms and 'bag mounts. New shocks keep the ride smooth and 1/2-inch GC valves ensure quick fill-ups for the Firestone airbags. Out back, Ekstensive's parts were again used and a Texas two-link and a C-notch provides plenty of rear drop. Tucking under each fender, chrome 22-inch Boss Motorsports 330 wheels are wrapped in Wanli 265/35R22 tires.
To make his truck stand out, Dennis made a short drive over to Friendswood, Texas, and dropped the truck off with Juan Martinez, of Martinez Kustom Works. Juan quickly got to work shaving the door handles, tailgate handle, and welding in a roll pan. He then prepped the body and applied a DuPont Hot Hues Purple Rhapsody and black two-tone paint scheme with a silver tribal graphic breaking up the colors. Pinstriped in orange, the paint seems to jump off the sheetmetal. Nice touches such as the billet grille, painted front bumper, and bringing the two-tone onto the taillights help give the Silverado some character.
Inside the shaved doors, Juan brought the paint into the interior by spraying the jambs and door panels and two-toning the dash. Arjonas Upholstery, in Pasadena, Texas, was the shop of choice to recover the Chevy seats with black leather and grey suede. Arjonas also added light grey suede inserts on the door panels and wrapped the headliner in black suede. Dennis constructed a fiberglass center console that houses a 10-inch sub and it too was covered in black suede. A Kenwood DVD deck controls all of the audio. When he's not listening to tunes, Dennis enjoys the rumble of his 4.8L V-8 equipped with a Gibson exhaust.
Hanging out with friends, working late while wrenching, and seeing his project come together, Dennis is happy with the final result and more importantly, how it got to where it is. He was quick to thank his mom and dad for their support and his friends for all of their help and time spent joking aroung.