Casual observers would never know anything was changed on the Silverado’s body but the keen eye can tell the truth. Chevrolet’s entire HD nose from a new ’11 was swapped onto the standard cab ½-ton. Even the rear bumper was taken from an HD. What hides it all and keeps it sedate in appearance is the in-your-face Victory Red laid down by Joe Mendoza at Pistoleros Paint and Design. The right amount of factory trim was left black to properly complement the swooping black graphic applied down the sides of Julio’s ride. A skeleton appears to be crawling from the piercing darkness at the rear of the graphic. Inside the bed, the wheel tubs and notch cover were coated in spray-on bedliner tinted to match the red hue given the truck. Dual nitrous bottles and an aluminum fuel cell lend onlookers a hint at what’s lurking under the hood.
Inside the standard cab, things are still just as subtle but also over the top. The top half of the dash and door panels have been completely smoothed and painted almond color along with the rear wall trim, which has a couple of MB Quart speakers ’glassed into it. To accommodate the large 17-inch in-dash screen, the factory stereo was tossed and the HVAC controls were relocated. An Eclipse head unit is now the keeper of the music from the one-off center console. Three JL Audio amplifiers and four 10-inch JL Audio W3 subwoofers round out the sound design installed by Tiny’s Shop. Black carpet covers the floor while Peanut Butter leather and Almond suede cover the seats, handiwork by Arjonas upholstery. A custom-made billet steering wheel from Dima Wheels replaces the tough-to-customize stock unit.
Julio bought the truck brand new and, of course, did not plan on heavily modifying the truck. Life has a funny way of swinging the pendulum on some of our decisions and this decision took Julio 21/2 years to not plan on doing. We’re sure the backing of his Ground Zero club members had a hand in his decision to just go all in. It took a crew to get it done and Julio could not have made this possible without friends at Drops ‘R’ Us, Noe’s Transmission, Pistoleros Paint and Design, Arjonas Upholstery, Da Shop, and Dima Wheels. We can only hope his next truck doesn’t take nearly as long to build. If he builds trucks like this without a plan, we can’t wait to see what happens when he really wants to get down.