Establishing goals in life is a proven equation for success. Creating a goal for a custom truck project is also vital to helping you not give up when times get tough. Eddie Gonzalez, of Houston, bought his 1997 Tahoe in 2004 and spent the following six painstaking years with the goal that at the end, he would have it the way he wanted. Everybody has their favorite trucks, and everybody has their favorite parts of trucks. Sometimes we wish that truck manufacturers had used different lights on a vehicle, or a different interior to fit your individual style. So it comes as no surprise when people swap lights, upgrade interiors, or even change the whole front end of a vehicle. Eddie loves two-door Tahoes, but he also loves the mean look of the ’03-’07 Chevy Silverado front end. Eddie made the commitment to combine them and do what he thinks GM should have done—enter his iWey.
For the first act, the Tahoe was taken to Erratic Trends, in Beaumont, Texas, where the factory suspension was removed. The body and frame were separated allowing the Erratic Trends team to focus on the frame alone. Not wanting a simple ’bag job, Eddie wanted the body sitting hard on the ground. To do this, the body mounts were moved up and the frame was cut down. A step notch was cut into the rear framerails, which were boxed for strength. For added show points and a clean look, the frame was coated with PPG’s Antifreeze Green paint. Finally the suspension was reassembled with new Belltech 2-inch drop spindles and chromed, tubular, upper and lower control arms. Slam Specialties ‘bags were used in conjunction with hydraulic hard lines to bring the truck up off the deck. For the rear suspension, a custom two-link with a Panhard bar was used. Matching Slam Specialties RE-7 ‘bags were then installed and plumbed. For rolling stock, 22x8.5-inch and 24x10-inch B.A.D. Rockstar wheels were wrapped in Falken FK-452 tires sized 255/35R22 and 295/35R24, respectively..
After leaving Erratic Trends, the truck made its way over to Alamo Customs in Alvin, Texas, where Robert Mesa and his crew started the transformation process. After removing the factory clip, the front fenders, grille and HD hood from a ‘06 Chevy Silverado were installed, after quite a bit of massaging. The plastics on the ’06 Silverado bumper were removed, as was the valance, and fabricated out of sheetmetal and welded to the bumper for a one-piece look. Then, the whole truck received a shave, including door handles, tailgate, taillights, and gas filler door, which was moved to the driver side C-pillar. A Sir Michael’s roll pan was welded on and the rear barn doors were welded shut for a clean look out back. One-off taillights were made to go under the rear glass. Finally, the body was smoothed, primered, and painted with the same Antifreeze Green paint that was used on the frame. To break up the sea of green, a simple graphic was painted on the side of the truck in Hot Wheels Blue paint from Johnson’s Paint Supply.