If you consider yourself a custom vehicle enthusiast, odds are you’re pretty familiar with SEMA, the yearly Las Vegas trade show for all things modified. SEMA is our Super Bowl, the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and the unveiling of the fruits of our labor. In fact, this show is so important, it serves as the final deadline for most truck builders’ projects. Andy Cook of Peoria, Illinois, was no different. He chose to rebuild his black 2000 Silverado in time for SEMA 2011, but there was one minor problem: he only had 27 days before the show started. Not one to admit defeat, Andy and the build team forged onward toward his rapidly approaching goal.
Andy had originally purchased this Silverado back in the summer of 2007, and soon afterward he began modifying it. He took the factory black-painted truck to BBT Fabrications, in Champaign, Illinois, where the team tore out its existing suspension and replaced it with an extensive array of new parts. Up front, Air Lift Dominator 2600 airbags were installed using custom upper mounts, and supported by modified tubular control arms with a flipped lower ball joint. In the rear, a custom C-notch was added, and combined with Ridetech sleeve ’bags and a Ridetech AirBar to create a laid-out stance. Monroe shocks help the new setup glide over rough roads. The entire frame and suspension was finished off with several coats of black paint before adding a full set of Baer big brakes and polished 24-inch Raceline wheels.
The ’03-’07 frontend conversion was further dressed up via custom-painted grille inserts a
While many considered this clean black Chevy to be a completed build, Andy was never quite satisfied. So, after making the long trek to West Coast Nationals in Parker, Arizona, Andy decided to stay out west and complete his dream truck in 27 days for SEMA 2011. In nearby Glendale, Arizona, talented welder Robert Stewart modified the factory sheetmetal, adding an ’03-’07 hood and fenders, 8-inch raised bed floor, custom bedwalls, custom wheeltubs, and a steel welded roll pan. Much of the body was also shaved, including the roll pan, third brake light, and bedrails. James Cummins, also of Glendale, Arizona, finished the bodywork, adding a modified ’03-’07 Dale Earnhardt grille shell, Street Scene bumper cover, Spyder Auto one-piece headlights, and smoked Recon taillights. Then, the entire truck was painted surf blue, a shimmering metallic hue originally found on the Dodge Charger SRT-8. Accent pieces such as the grille, bumper inserts, and the faces of the 24-inch Raceline Titan wheels were painted a combination of House of Kolor Kandy Tangerine and Kandy Rootbeer.
With SEMA mere days away, all that remained was the interior and engine bay. Small underhood touches such as a chrome intake pipe and paint-matched engine cover sufficiently cleaned up the stock 5.3L, so Andy focused his efforts inside the cab. He quickly wired and installed a complete stereo system, including Kenwood head unit, Infinity speakers, MTX subs, and MTX amps. Finally, black ostrich-skin inserts were added to the seats and door panels, while Empire Vehicle Accessories billet dash parts and a Billet Specialties wheel top off the setup.
While many might call rebuilding a project truck 27 days before SEMA insane, Andy just considered it ambitious. Finishing off assembly of the truck Monday morning at the show, the project was almost a little too ambitious, but thanks to lots of hard work from a skilled build team, it was finished in time. Andy would like to give special thanks to James Cummins for his immense bodywork, Robert Stewart for all the metalwork, BBT Fabrications, Relaxed Atmosphere, and all the sponsors that provided him with parts. He’d also like to dedicate this feature to his recently deceased father, Jimmy Cook.
Four Viair compressors feed a color-matched Raptor-lined 12-gallon tank in the bed.
Lurking behind the custom Kandy-painted Raceline wheels is a full set of Baer brakes.
Custom touches like this paint-matched tiki shift knob set this truck apart from the crowd
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2000 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State:
Andy Cook • Peoria, Illinois
Type: 5.3L V-8
Induction: Chromed intake pipe with K&N filter, custom intake shroud
Exhaust: Flowmaster after-cat
Transmission: 4L60E four-speed automatic
Rearend: Factory with 3.73 gears
Front suspension: Ridetech tubular control arms, flipped lower ball joints, custom upper ’bag mounts, Air Lift Dominator 2600 ’bags, Monroe shocks, Ridetech ½-inch valves
Rear suspension: C-notch, Ridetech AirBar four-link, Ridetech sleeve ’bags, Monroe shocks,
Brakes: Baer Aluma Sport big brakes front and rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x10 Raceline Titan
Tires: 275/30R24 General Exclaim UHP