Everything in the truck world is a contest. It’s always about the lowest, loudest, fastest, tallest, tucking the biggest wheels, or clearing the biggest tires. But, what happens when you just build a truck that you want instead of one that everyone else wants you to? Do you still ’bag it, lift it, shave it, or paint it a hundred crazy colors? If you’re Julio Trevino, you simply build a red truck with a clean interior and some power under the hood. A static drop and billet wheels are about as exciting as it gets. Well, maybe it’s not quite that simple.
The 15-inch rear wheel trend just keeps rolling (pun intended) and nothing looks as cool a
The real story is a bit deeper. Julio is a member of the Ground Zero truck club in Texas, and the truck’s suspension was done at Drops ‘R’ Us. Both of those names are well known in these pages and should serve as a warning that there’s a bit more than meets the eye with this ’07 Chevy Silverado. Drops ‘R’ Us likes to get serious with static lowering parts and this truck is no different. The front suspension consists of drop spindles, lowering coils, and lowered control arms. Even more parts are under the bed with the drop having a flip kit, blocks, hangers, and shackles. The parts add up to a mind bottling (you know, it traps your mind in a bottle) 10-inch front and 15-inch rear drop from stock. QA1 shocks at all corners keep the Texas highways from knocking the low Silverado off trajectory. Looking like they shouldn’t be able to roll are 24x9 and super-wide 24x15 Intro Visa II wheels barley wrapped in Pirelli rubberbands. You’ll find Pirelli 285/30R24 and huge 405/25R24 sizes if you look close enough.
It’s almost unreal how many LS3 engines end up in Texas stuffed between the rails of truck
Julio ditched the anemic factory engine for something that provides more entertainment value. Sitting between the framerails is now is a 6.2L LS3 that charges a much heavier beat. Chago’s Car Care gave the engine a thorough going-over and felt a little coaxing would bring some additional ponies to gallop. A Comp Cam bumpstick was slipped in the block along with thicker pushrods and double valvesprings to handle the larger lift. Eight 47-pound injectors allow enough fuel to reach the cylinders to help satisfy the craving of the 150hp shot of nitrous. Engine modifications end with an underdrive pulley and custom speed density tune. Pacesetter headers aim used fuel and air molecules out an SLP Loudmouth exhaust system. Behind the LS3 mill is a 4L65E beefed up with a Transgo shift kit and a 3,200-stall converter by Noe’s Transmission. An Eaton posi and 3.90 gears can spin the Pirelli tires into destruction at will.