Most of us would be stoked to have a feature write-up in our favorite truck magazine, but when then Naivar brothers received a feature in Issue 5 of 2008, they weren't satisfied. They wanted a cover truck, and from that day on, Brandon and Dustin Naivar of Taylor, Texas, worked late nights and weekends to achieve their lifelong goal of building a cover-worthy off-road truck. Paying such close attention to the tiniest of details, the brother duo spent 14 months going over each nook and cranny until they stepped back and, as they told us, "liked everything." Sheer determination cannot be underestimated as Brandon and Dustin established Show Time Metal Work (STMW) fabrication shop, and now have themselves a Silverado that does all things well. Big and in your face with insane fabrication work, their Chevy is at home at a truck show, up to its axles in mud, or providing the stereo entertainment at the lake. This bad boy is ready for the big stage.
PM Precision used a CNC to machine the one-off shock clamps from solid billet.
As certified welders during the day, Brandon and Dustin understand the importance of a strong, well-executed weld, so it should come as no surprise when looking underneath the Silverado (pretty much the only place to look at on this tall beast) that the fabrication work is topnotch. Starting by pulling the body from the frame, the front IFS was ditched, as was the rear 10-bolt with four-link suspension, and the weak factory crossmembers were cut out. With their welders ready to get to work, STMW built custom 5-inch relocated body mounts and tubular motor mounts, boxed the entire frame with water jet-cut "STMW" inserts, welded in 2x4-inch "X" braces inside the factory frame, and then filled every hole from front to back. Giant shock mounts were fabricated using 2x2-inch ¼-inch-wall square tubing for both the front and rear, while a front Dana 60 axle was customized to accept the 2x2-inch square tubing four-link with Trail Gear creeper 11/4-inch joints and a Panhard bar. With the large tires planned and after switching over to the solid axle, the Naivar brothers added a PSC full hydraulic steering setup with ¾-inch chrome-moly heim joints. Keeping the Sterling 10.25-inch rearend planted is a heavy-duty parallel four-link designed and built by STMW, which incorporates 2x2-inch tubing, water jet-cut four-link mounts, and large Panhard bar. After hours and hours of grinding, sanding, and prepping, the smoothed frame and chassis were painted. Receiving House of Kolor Red flake, the frame looked awesome, while the suspension parts were squirted black and the axles painted silver. Nearly a week's worth of wet-sanding went into the frame's final appearance. The three colors really emphasize the amount of work involved with each section standing out from the rest. We can't remember the last lifted truck that featured no visible welds—a feat that must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Nitto 40-inch tires clear the body with ease, and look great mounted on 22x14-inch Fuel Of
Damping the bumps, First Over All coilovers with 14 inches of travel up front and 12 inches of travel out back were used at each corner, as were Bilstein 7100 reservoir shocks. Making them look awesome are one-off CNC-machined polished shock clamps from PM Precision. Polished bolts also add some show points to the detailed chassis. With plenty of ground clearance and an impressive foundation, the wheel and tire choice was an important decision. Brandon and Dustin agreed on Fuel Off-Road Octane deep 22x14-inch black wheels, and had them mounted inside tough-looking Nitto Mud Grappler tires sized 40x15.50R22 by Hub Cap Annie in Austin. The look is pure aggression and fits the clean, all-black look Show Time was going for. Bringing the monster to a halt, Ford Super Duty disc brakes with stainless braided hoses were bolted onto the Dana 60 and Sterling axles. Driveshafts Unlimited in San Antonio, built the heavy-duty driveshafts for the front and rear. Final touches included adding Yukon 5.13 gears, capping each axle with polished diff covers from Purple Cranium, and filling each axle with Lucas oil.
The Dana 60 front axle serves as the mounting point for the massive four-link...
...PSC hydraulic steering, and Super Duty brakes.