For custom truck builders and owners, the days before unveiling a new project truck at a show can be gut-wrenching. Whether it’s the tension of getting all the details handled in time, or the huge relief of finally completing the project, emotions run high before the big unveil. Micky Cowart, of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, is no different, and when he saw his completed ’08 Silverado roll into his driveway, he was overwhelmed. “We were getting ready for Scrapin’ the Coast, and I turned to watch it pull into my driveway. Realizing it was mine was like a dream come true.”

The events leading up to the truck’s completion began at Auto Extremes in Conyers, Georgia. Micky brought the stock truck there for a complete suspension overhaul, so the Auto Extremes crew selected a quartet of Slam Specialties ’bags to drop the Silverado at the flip of a switch. McGaughy’s spindles bring the frontend down further, and a KP Components six-link with a Watt’s link was installed at the rear. To complete the stance, a set of deep-lipped 26-inch Helo wheels and Pirelli tires was tucked neatly underneath the Chevy’s fenders.

With the suspension taken care of, Micky turned to paint and body to make his truck really stand out. First, a hand-fabricated sheetmetal bed was formed, featuring a recessed motorcycle gas cap, Grant Kustoms Cali Combo roll pan, and tinted taillights. Up front, more bead-rolled sheetmetal was used to create wheeltubs for the 26-inch rolling stock. A mesh grille and Street Scene front bumper cover further accentuate the frontend. For a killer custom paintjob, Micky took the truck to Shaun Bernley at BS Customs in Hampton, Georgia. Shaun promptly whipped white, blue, sliver, and black hues into a twisted blend of negative and real-fire flames. He also applied matching white paint to the wheel inserts and interior trim panels, tying the new theme together. The hood and tailgate are emblazoned with glaring airbrushed skulls, giving this Chevy plenty of attitude.

Inside the cab, Smitty’s Upholstery of Perry, Georgia, applied Katzkin black leather with double white stitching to the seats. A suede headliner was also added for a luxurious atmosphere, and the bright white trim panels show attention to detail. To thoroughly saturate the occupants with sound waves, a full array of JL Audio gear was installed. A Pioneer head unit outputs sound through Stinger wiring to two JL amps, four 6½-inch door speakers, and a 10-inch subwoofer under the rear seat.

And so, after dreaming of the perfect custom Silverado for years, Micky was finally able to watch it roll up to his house the day before its debut at Scrapin’ the Coast. He tells us it never fails to get attention from bystanders, but most importantly, his dream of completing a show-stopping custom has been achieved. Micky would like to thank Auto Extremes, his boys Austin and Dyllan, his girlfriend Tamee, and all the Freaks for helping with the build. He also wants to dedicate the build to his father for always believing in him.


Inside the Build

Year Make Model:
2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State:
Micky Cowart • Fort Mitchell, Alabama


Engine

Type: 5.3L V-8
Induction: Custom short-ram intake
Exhaust: 3-inch with Flowmaster mufflers
Ignition: Dual Optima batteries between frame rails

Drivetrain

Transmission: 4L60E automatic
Rearend: Stock 3.42

Chassis

Front suspension: McGaughy’s spindles, Slam Specialties SS7 ’bags, Monroe shocks, ½-inch stainless lines
Rear suspension: KP Components six-link with Watts link, Slam Specialties SS7 ’bags, Monroe shocks, ½-inch stainless lines
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: 26x10-inch Helo HE866 with custom-painted inserts
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero 295/30R26