Speaking of which, the custom nature of the rest of the truck spilled over onto the inside as well. The front and rear factory bench seats have been replaced with four buckets that were wrapped in red and tangerine orange Katzkin leather. Tahoe center consoles were painted to match the exterior and were used to fill the void between both rows of bucket seats. The dash was smoothed and painted Viper Red along with the door panels and the majority of the rest of the plastics throughout the cab. The factory carpet was tossed and replaced with deep red wool carpeting while the headliner was wrapped in red suede. Billet accents include a flamed steering wheel, shift arm, knobs, A/C vents, and pedal covers from Empire Motorsports. Red U.S. Speedo gauges provide something nice to look at while Hugo drives the truck around south Texas. Classic Trim in McAllen, Texas, was responsible for putting the leather-covered interior together. Providing the tunes is a Pioneer head unit that feeds a pair of Memphis Audio amps. The amps power the two 12-inch Memphis subs under the rear seat and the Memphis components in the doors.
Under the hood, Hugo kept it fairly simple. His thought being, “Why fix it if it’s not broken?” Hugo did tune the engine to bring out a few more horses and installed Flex-a-Lite electric fans to keep it cool. Several plastic pieces have been painted, which include the air cleaner box, the core support cover, the engine cover, and the fuse box cover, as well as many of the lids for the underhood fluid reservoirs. Helping the factory 5.3L breathe a little easier is a MagnaFlow exhaust that straddles the two-piece driveshaft.
Hugo did a great job with this truck and successfully proved to himself that with hard work and determination, anything is indeed possible. He wanted to send a special thanks to his parents for their love and support, all of his close friends, APS in McAllen, Texas, for helping with the paint supplies, and last but not least, his Aftermath club members.