Jose Pena, owner of Drops 'r' Us, in Houston, wanted to show exactly what he was capable of, and what better way to advertise than by building a badass custom truck. After weighing his options on which truck would provide the best bang for the buck, Jose picked up a new body style, regular cab Silverado that he affectionately dubbed Cheyenne (which is what the Silverado is still called in Mexico). Jose quickly went to work melding the best of the world of custom street trucks with his love of going fast, and in the process, created a head-turning street rocket.
After stripping the frame of everything unnecessary and painting it, Jose needed to bring the truck down closer to the Houston pavement. To accomplish this, a set of McGaughys 2-inch drop spindles were installed along with a pair of custom control arms on each side. To achieve adjustability, Slam Specialties SS-7 'bags were used up front. To the McGaughys spindles, Jose bolted on a set of 15-inch Baer rotors with six-piston calipers for maximum braking performance. Out back, a pair of Ridetech Shockwaves was used to adjust the stance as well as provide a smooth ride when cruising. Using his drag racing experience, he welded up a rear ladder bar setup for maximum traction, which incorporates a C-notch for rearend clearance. Four Viair compressors feed a five-gallon tank and allow quick fill-ups. Mixing in some street style to his performance machine, Jose wrapped 24x8.5-inch and 24x15-inch Intro Torino wheels with Pirelli 265/30R24 and 405/25R24 rubber, respectively. Once those rear Pirelli tires get warmed up, they hook hard and provide a 17-inch contact patch for much-needed traction.
Swapping out the factory 4.8L, Jose dropped in a 6.2L LS3 crate motor from GM. He then installed an LS9 cam with 211/230 degrees of duration and .558/.552 inches of lift, while a March Performance pulley kit keeps everything spinning. To add rocket ship-like power, a Whipple supercharger, complete with intercooler and heat exchanger, was bolted to the top of the engine providing a solid 9 psi of boost. All said and done, this setup pumps out 680 tire-melting horsepower thanks to a tune by Jake Brown, of Brown Speed. Keeping the engine nice and cool during those hot summer days, a pair on electric fans was added. Polished valve covers can easily be seen thanks to the coils being relocated to the backside of the motor mounts. Adding some ponies to the small-block, a set of Pace Setter 1 ¾-inch long-tube headers were installed with a 3-inch Magnaflow muffler providing the notification to all that this is no stock engine. The factory driveshaft would be pretzeled with that much power, so Jose had Houston Driveline build a custom shaft and perfectly balance it for minimal vibration. The driveline feeds the power to the narrowed Chevy 12-bolt rearend to spin the 15-inch wide rear wheels.