Under the HD hood, the factory 5.7L V-8 was trashed. With the engine out of the way, the firewall was shaved smooth and wheeltubs were welded in place and painted to match the truck. Powering his ’Hoe is a Blue Print Engines 383ci stroker motor, which received green paint to match the truck, along with a Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine kit, and a custom set of valve covers complete with his club’s name engraved into them. Aluminum radiator hoses and an aluminum steering shaft help clean up the engine’s accessories. Keeping this small-block nice and cool while Eddie is cruising it from show to show, an aluminum radiator and electric fans were installed. Finally, for an unobstructed view of the engine, Eddie relocated the battery to the rear of the truck.

Moving inside, Eddie called upon the team at Rivera Services, also in Alvin, to convert the core of this awesome SUV from a bland interior into a head turning cabin. The first step, as always, was to gut the interior. Next, a custom dash was made, along with door panels and a floating center console that flows flawlessly back to the rear cargo area. Bringing this ’97 Tahoe into the 21st century is an Apple iPad that is mounted between the custom front bucket seats. The entire interior has been wrapped in parrot green Ultra leather and lime green Ultra suede, including the headliner. Cream fine fit carpeting was laid down and for a bit of bling, a matching B.A.D. steering wheel was installed. The iPad is for more than just looks—it is the source for all the audio. It sends its signal to a Polk Audio amplifier, which in turn sends the beats to a pair of 5¼-inch Polk components and 6½-inch mids. For lows, a Polk 12-inch subwoofer was installed inside the center console. In order for everyone to get a nice view of the interior, Eddie installed clear glass in every window.

Eddie’s motto is “go big or go home,” and on this build, which is his first, he went huge. The truck was finished in November 2010 and since then he has won Best of Show at Killswitch 2011, Scrapin’ the Coast 2011, and Texas Heatwave 2011. He also won Best SUV at Showdown 2011. Eddie wanted to thank all of his sponsors for helping on the build, as well as Robert Mesa and the rest of the guys at Alamo Customs, the crew at Erratic Trends, and everyone at Rivera Services. Finally, he wanted to thank all of the members of Aftermath for all of their support during the build. Eddie also wanted to personally thank the jerk that drove over and did donuts next to the truck during the photo shoot. Thanks to him, Eddie had to repaint the truck and put in all new glass on the passenger side and back.