George McGriff of Peyton, Colorado, is no stranger to building custom vehicles. During his 16 years in the sport, he has worked on projects ranging from a hydraulic-equipped S-10, to a tuned Honda Civic and several custom bikes. For his next project, he wanted something that could haul his family's trailer as well as lay frame and win shows. The solution to this problem began as an ordinary 1998 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab, but it would soon become much more than its humble beginnings.
The transformation began when George brought the truck to his friend and fellow Freaks of Nature club member Andrew Russell of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The frame was chopped in half and stretched by 3 feet, extending the driveshaft to match. Then, a second moonroof from a '95 Suburban was grafted in, and the back half of a '97 Z71's extended cab was added to the truck's already lengthy midsection. This gave the Chevy a cavernous, almost SUV-like interior size that would easily fit George's family and their gear. For now, the truck's frame is only notched slightly, but George intends to put in a new frame in the future to fully lay it out. The suspension consists of McGaughy's spindles and Slam Specialties airbags with ½-inch Parker valves, lowering the truck 6 inches from stock. To top off his newly stretched and dropped body, George added some black 22x9-inch 323 Duallysportz wheels wrapped in Dcenti D2000 tires.
For the remainder of the bodywork, George headed to James Beasley at Widow Makers in Colorado Springs. There, a Tahoe front end conversion was performed, including a fiberglass front bumper with Silverado SS lower grille. Also, much of the truck's body was shaved, including the door handles, tailgate, and taillights. George still plans to add more body mods, such as a 3-inch body drop, and of course, a SEMA-worthy custom paintjob (he's currently considering orange and black).
At the moment, the interior and stereo remain mostly untouched, but they won't be for long. George has some serious plans, including a one-off fiberglass and leather-wrapped interior and a Kicker sound system. As exciting as it will be to see the truck's next mods, George isn't revealing everything just yet. He says he's "just getting started" and will have a few more surprises for SEMA or his next Truckin feature. George would like to thank Airbagit.com, James Beasley of Widow Makers, Andrew Russell, Freaks of Nature, and his wife and kids for their patience.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 1998 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab
Owner and City/State: George McGriff • Peyton, Colorado
Type: Vortec 454 V-8
Output: 290 hp, 440 lb-ft of torque
Rearend: 14-bolt axle narrowed 9 inches
Front suspension: McGaughy's spindles, Slam Specialties airbags with ½-inch Parker valves
Rear suspension: Slam Specialties airbags with 1⁄2-inch Parker valves
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 323 Duallysportz 22x9
Tires: Dcenti D2000 265/35R2