My first truck was an '89 Toyota Extra Cab 4x4 Deluxe. It had a 4-inch lift and rode on 33-inch Pro Comp X-Terrain tires. I loved that truck, but had to part ways with it when I went to college. Upon graduation and getting hired by Truckin magazine, I was without a truck. I scoured the Internet and finally found the perfect truck, a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab. It was a well-used farm truck and needed a lot of work. Since I had already owned a lifted truck, I decided this time around, I would turn the Chevy into a 'bagged show-quality daily driver. From that point forward I have never looked back. Hopefully you've been following the buildup, but just in case you missed an issue, I'll give you the rundown of what we did in just six short months.

After only a few days, the truck was completely stripped and ready for the makeover of a lifetime.

New to the lowered scene, I was not comfortable doing the work myself, so I enlisted the help of Adam and Andy Diaz at Master Image Customs in Montclair, California. The first thing the Diaz brothers did was put the Bow Tie on a lift and removed all of the stock components. They then installed a KP Components front lowering kit along with a pair of Slam Specialties SS-7 'bags. Moving to the rear, a notch was welded into the frame and a KP cantilevered four-link with a Watt's link was installed. SS-7 'bags were again used and four billet aluminum double-adjustable Varishocks were bolted on at the corners. The final step was to mount the Toyo Proxes ST-II tires onto the 22-inch Bonspeed Malibu wheels, and the rolling chassis was complete.

I was quite pleased with the results as I drove the truck home from MIC. The next stop was paint and body. For that, I took the truck to a shop in Lake Elsinore, California, called Unrestricted Auto Trends. The owner, Jake Provoost, and I went to work removing the interior and disassembling the body. After only a few days, the truck was completely stripped and ready for the makeover of a lifetime. Once the body was prepped, it was taken into the paint booth and sprayed with PPG Electric Blue Metallic paint. A graphic was taped off and sprayed with a yellow base and then with a thick coat of gold flake outlined with silver pinstriping by Curly Martinez of Curly's Pinstriping in Paramount, California. Curly also filled the blue voids on the hood and tailgate with gold and silver pinstriping.

Since the cab was basically a shell, this was the perfect time to get the interior installed. For that, Extreme Audio and Kustoms, in Riverside, California, came to my rescue. They installed a black ACC carpet kit, wrapped the seats in blue and black leather from Roadwire, and installed all of the Kicker audio. They also wrapped the headliner, pillars, and sun visors in black suede. To fill the space between the front seats, Alan Lee of Alan Lee Designs in Torrance, California, built a fiberglass center console to house the air gauges and switches. Finally, the truck was almost done; all that it needed was to have the rest of the interior pieces painted and have everything put back together.

Completing this build was a huge learning experience for me. I learned that building a show truck is not cheap by any means and I gained a new appreciation for the time and effort that goes into them. I also learned the physics of airbagged trucks, how to weld and paint, and that in most cases beer and pizza is just as good as money. But I digress; I am very grateful for all of the help I received during this build. I want to thank Adam and Andy Diaz at MIC, the guys at Unrestricted Auto Trends, Joel and everybody at Extreme Audio and Kustoms, Craig at Mac's Springs, Monsieur Alan Lee, Nic Ashby of Ldrship Designs, Editor Dan Ward for helping me through the build, and my amazing wife, Jess, for dealing with all the BS and being supportive the whole time.


My only regret is not body-dropping it on 24-inch wheels, but other than that, I absolutely LOVE this truck.

Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2000 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Maxwell Matthewson • Lake Elsinore, California

Chassis:
Front suspension: KP Components front lowering kit with arms and spindles, Slam Specialties SS-7 'bags
Rear suspension: KP Components cantilevered four-link with Watt's link and SS-7 'bags
Brakes: SSBC 15-inch rotors, six-piston calipers up front, four-piston calipers out back

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5 and 22x10-inch Bonspeed Malibu
Tires: Toyo Proxes ST-II 265/35R22