"Almost eight years after purchasing the truck, opening a successful body shop, getting married, and having two kids, the truck was finally completed just before SEMA 2011." –Mike Godat

Step three: Explore new avenues. Mike tells us, "When I started on the truck, fiberglass work and audio were not on the top of my skill's list." After learning by doing, Mike felt no reservations to complete the custom dash started by Tony Dimmit. Now the futuristic dash is home to an Escalade dash cluster, trick A/C vents, and a large 10-inch monitor for DVD viewing from the JVC head unit. A genuine Escalade steering wheel handles directional chores, while David Tharp, of Underground Upholstery in Olathe, Kansas, reshaped and wrapped the seats in Calico saddle leather with orange suede inserts. The headliner was covered in orange suede, and is home to LED backlit mirrors, as well as three tribal-shaped mirrors that serve as a functional rearview mirror. Tunes are supplied by Arc Audio 6.5-inch speakers in the fiberglassed door panels, while bass can be felt and heard from an 8-inch JL Audio W7 sub mounted inside the fiberglass center console.

Step four: Don't skimp on the details. As the owner of a custom shop, Mike knows what it takes to bring a truck up to the next level. He paid close attention to details often forgotten such as the bed, engine, and added performance. Under the Escalade hood, the 5.3L was dressed to impress with paint and graphics applied to the Escalade beauty cover, custom wheeltubs, and fiberglassed radiator cover. Helping the V-8 run better, BBK ceramic-coated headers connect to a 3-inch Corsa exhaust. A large aluminum air intake tube is capped by a Spectre filter, which also provides the bling. One of our favorite mods is the painted engine block and accessories, along with the unique paintwork on the alternator. Out back, the bed was coated in Line-X, while the "floating" air tanks were plumbed with AN fittings and hose, and were custom-painted to match the tailgate graphic. A billet fuel cap leads to the custom fuel filler mounted on the driver side of the bulkhead.

Step five: Drive it and enjoy it. After eight years of work, many people would be content to sit and look at their hard work from a distance and never enjoy it. Mike and Robin would rather load up their two kids, Tyler and Addyson, and drive the truck until the wheels fall off. Tyler is even the proud owner of a custom-painted Power Wheels Escalade that perfectly matches dad's truck. With smiles on everyone's faces, it's hard to argue that a family who customizes together, stays together.

Inside the Build

2002 Chevy Silverado
Mike Godat | St. Peters, Missouri

Engine

Type: 5.3L V-8
Induction: Custom aluminum tubing with Spectre filter
Exhaust: BBK ceramic-coated headers and Corsa exhaust

Chassis

Front suspension: Ride Tech StrongArms, Cool Ride airbag setup
Rear suspension: Ride Tech four-link with Air Bar
Brakes: SSBC 14-inch rotors and custom-painted calipers

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: Dropstars DS-02 24x10-inch with paint-matched blades
Tires: Toyo Proxes II 295/30R24