Learning to drive is a big step in a young man's life. I remember the car I learned to drive in, a 1993 Dodge Intrepid. Anthony Baird is the Texas Chapter President of Erratic Car Club, and this 1993 Chevy C1500 hits home because that was what he learned to drive in. One day, Anthony's in-laws gave him a 1993 C1500 Stepside to make his own. They knew he always wanted to build one, so they gave it to him and said they knew it would look good when he was done. Good is an understatement; this truck looks amazing.
Anthony and his friend Dustin from Timeless Customs and Fabrication, in Lake Jackson, Texas, started the transformation by removing the front and rear suspension. Then they built a custom back half complete with bridge notch for the truck to lay out completely. Up front, Belltech drop spindles were used in conjunction with custom control arms to bring the truck down hard on terra firma. Out back, Dustin and Mark from Slaughter House Customs, also in Lake Jackson, installed a custom two-link with a Panhard bar. Anthony couldn't drive his truck with it laying on the ground, so he installed Slam Specialty airbags on all four corners and bent ½-inch hard line to fill them. KYB shocks were used to dampen the ride, and for rolling stock, Anthony settled on 22-inch Boss 335 wheels enveloped in Hankook Ventus ST 265/35R22 rubber.
Erik from Exile Airbrushing airbrushed some horrifying skulls on the bridge cover.
Turning his attention toward the body, Anthony first installed a new factory grille with billet inserts. He then swapped out the hood for a cowl-induction substitute and installed Street Scene sport mirrors. The door handles, tailgate handle, brake lights, and rear step were all shaved and the areas smoothed for paint. The front step was smoothed and a billet cover was installed. The rear bumper was tossed in favor of a roll pan and the front bumper was converted to a smooth duplicate. After the body was prepped, Anthony and Danny Garcia, from Mild 2 Wild Customs in Cut and Shoot, Texas, laid down several coats of PPG Ice Pearl Green and Starfire Pearl White separated by a custom mixed purple graphic. The wheels were also painted with the Ice Pearl Green to match. Erik from Exile Airbrush in Spring, Texas, then took over and airbrushed a Chevrolet logo on the tailgate and skulls on the hood and bridge cover. With that complete, work could be started on the interior.
As with any other step, the first step was to gut the interior. Next, the dash was smoothed and painted to match the exterior. The seats were modified and wrapped in grey suede and leather. Grey carpet was installed and the headliner was wrapped in grey suede. A custom center console was built that leads the eye back to a sub box that fills the void where the back seats used to be. Finishing off the interior are several billet pieces including a rearview mirror, steering wheel, and shifter handle. Another Chevrolet logo was also airbrushed on the glovebox lid. For audio, Anthony installed a Kenwood head unit in the dash and fed the wires to a Rockford 1,200-watt amp for the three 61/2-inch separates and two Sony Xplod 1,200-watt amps that in turn send the signal to four Sony Xplod 12-inch subs. Finally, Anthony could work on the power side of things.
Under the cowl-induction hood, Anthony hooked up the 383ci engine with ported and polished heads, a Comp Cams Mother Thumper series camshaft, and a set of Hooker headers. He also had the valve covers custom painted by Exile Airbrushing. Backing up to the engine is a Turbo 350 that puts the power to the ground through the factory rearend. The transmissions internals have all been removed and replaced with Corvette parts, including a 2,500-stall convertor. Anthony also installed two Optima batteries that have been relocated behind the front bumper.
From learning to drive in a '93 Chevy C1500 to driving a completely tricked-out '93 Chevy C1500, Anthony Baird has gone full circle and has a truck that makes his club members call him "loco gringo". Anthony wanted to say thanks to all his sponsors and the guys that helped him work on his truck, including Jr.'s Upholstery, Danny "Candy Man" Garcia, Stubbs Rod and Custom, and VIP Tinters Plus. He also wanted to thank his family for all of their love and support throughout the build.