A lot of people think show trucks serve one purpose: looking pretty. But what they don’t know is many guys use their show trucks every day of the week. When Jesse Ramirez bought his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brand-new in 2005, he knew it wouldn’t be just a work truck, and it wouldn’t be just a show truck -- but a perfect combination of both. After several years of driving a stock truck, Jesse needed to change that and started on the path to turning it into a head-turning daily driver.

Once Jesse had made up his mind about how he wanted his Silverado to be built, his first stop was Static in Palmview, Texas, where Oscar Olivo and King Risk made quick work of bringing the Crew Cab a lot closer to the Texas pavement. This was accomplished with a combination of 3-inch DJM lowering spindles and 2-inch DJM lowering springs for a 5-inch drop. The arms were also narrowed to give Jesse lock-to-lock turning ability without rubbing. The rear was brought down to match with a Belltech flip kit, while a C-notch gives the rearend some breathing room. Belltech shocks smooth out the rough roads around Houston. When it came time to decide on wheels, Jesse couldn’t make up his mind, so his wife stepped in and chose a set of 24x10 Intro Radicalli 6 wheels. These were wrapped in Kumho Ecsta tires and provide the custom look Jesse was after. Without haste, Jesse drove his newly slammed Chevy to Extreme Body Shop, also in Palmview, to take his truck to the next level.

Building a multifaceted Silverado, I needed my truck to look simple but be a head-turner at the same time.
-- Jesse Ramirez

After receiving the truck, the crew began tearing it down and making it ready for new skin. Before any paint was sprayed, the bed caps were smoothed, a set of Super Duty door handles was swapped in, a full complement of SS parts was bolted on, and a 2010 Silverado HD front hood was body worked and affixed to the front. With the body smooth and primed, several coats of Onyx black and custom maroon paint were sprayed. With paint still in the gun, Adolfo sprayed several interior and engine plastics, and also paint-matched the wheel spokes for an all-around unique look. After the paint had dried, Edgar Solis of Donna, Texas, brought out his pinstriping brushes and added custom touches to the hood, tailgate, and engine beauty cover. Jesse couldn’t believe how nice his truck turned out, but there was still something missing in the power department, and that had to be resolved.

In the hands of Sanoli Performance, in Mission, Texas, Jesse’s Silverado received a boost in performance. This came by way of a Comp Cams .224/.224 lift and 580/580 duration cam, K&N intake, Pacesetter long-tube headers, 3-inch custom exhaust, and custom ECU tune. The guys also removed the 4L65E trans and installed new race clutches and internals and a Precision Industries stall converter. Finally, the truck could receive a full interior makeover.

For the final part of the build, Jesse enlisted the help of Kustom Kings in Mission, Texas. To begin the interior upgrades, the team gutted the interior and had the wiring for the audio installed by Divine Audio and Securtiy. Next, black and red leather seat covers were stitched for all four seats, but the front seats were reinstalled in the rear and a pair of bucket seats from an ’05 Tahoe fill the voids up front. Extreme Body Shop turned two Chevy Tahoe center consoles into a single piece that runs front to rear. Finally, a dual-paned sunroof was installed and allows Jesse to ride with the wind in his hair. Back at Divine Audio and Security, a 7-inch JVC head unit was installed with Treo Engineering amps, subwoofers, and door speakers.

When all was said and done, Jesse had what he always dreamt of: a fully built show truck that he could hop in and drive. Apparently, it really is a head-turner, since Jesse has won five Best in Show awards, six First in Class awards, two Second in Class awards, a Best Interior award, and a Best Paint award. Needless to say, Jesse couldn’t be happier. He wanted to send a shout-out to all the shops that helped with his build, his crew at Phatboy Racing, his cousin Shorty, and most of all his wife and kids for their love and support.


2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Owner:Jesse Ramirez
City/State: Palmview, Texas
Engine
Type: 5.3L V-8
Heads: Stock
Cam: Comp Cams .224/.224 lift 580/580 duration
Induction: K&N cold-air intake
Exhaust: Custom 3-inch
Engine Management: Custom ECU tune
Built By: Sanoli Performance • Mission, Texas
Drivetrain
Transmission: 4L65E with upgraded internals and Precision Industries converter
Rearend: Narrowed with 3.73 gears
Chassis
Front Suspension: DJM 3-inch drop spindles and 2-inch drop springs, Belltech shocks
Rear Suspension: Belltech flip kit, Belltech shocks, C-notch
Brakes: Slotted rotors, painted calipers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x10 Intro Radicalli
Tires: 275/30R24 and 295/35R24 Kumho Ecsta