Matt Holden of Forney, Texas, tells us, “This truck means so much to me because I gained a strong group of friends and support with this build. They never let me give up on it.” That’s what friends are for, and Matt learned that lesson during the tough six months it took to take the truck from the stock black Avalanche he started with to the “Evil Camino,” as he calls the truck nowadays. Once he picked up the half truck/half sport utility, Matt figured he would create a custom four-door version of the truck the Avalanche was inspired by—the El Camino.
Wanting a custom truck that easily rested on the Texas tarmac, Matt looked for a shop to lay out his Chevy. His shop of choice was Phat Phabz, in Oklahoma City. There, Jake McKiddie warmed up the welders and relocated the upper control arms, installed a set of Airlift airbags, and created a two-link out back. Accuair was used to adjust the truck’s ride height, because as Matt jokingly says, “I’m lazy and I hate gauges.” A slammed suspension was just the starting point, as Matt also ordered a set of 24-inch Raceline Blast wheels and had them wrapped in Falken tires. Copper airline ensures longevity and a leak-free air-ride system, while 3/8-inch valves allow Matt full control of lowering the Avalanche slowly or quickly.
The custom truck scene isn't about awards, it's really about friends and family.
After being driven down to Conroe, Texas, the Chevy was given a few body mods by the crew at Kustom Werx. The roof rack was shaved, as were all the holes in the tailgate. PPG black was used as a basecoat, and then Pat Maxwell stepped in and applied the graphics, complete with airbrushed skulls. The blacked-out grille matches the evil theme and really sets off the menacing frontend. One flip of the air switch rests the smoothed and painted running boards right on the pavement.
Inside the four doors, Matt installed an Alpine head unit, Sound Stream 1,200-watt amp, and two 10-inch Polk Audio subs in the midgate. Focal 6.5-inch components in each door provide the requisite mids and highs for a variety of music styles. The seats were wrapped in black leather and the dash was painted black to bring it all together.
Matt tells us, “The truck and I have a love-hate relationship. I hate it sometimes, and it loves to make me mad.” He was quick to thank his buddies who helped him along the way, his Negative Camber crew, and his family who always gave him support.
|Inside the Build|
|Year/Make/Model:|| 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche|
|Owner and City/State: ||Matt Holden • Forney, Texas|
|Type:|| 5.3L Vortec V-8|
|Induction:|| AFE cool-air intake|
|Exhaust:|| MagnaFlow after-cat|
|Engine Management:|| Hypertech programmer|
|Rearend:|| Narrowed 10-bolt with 3.73 gears
|Front Suspension:|| Relocated control arms, Airlift airbags, Accuair by Phat Phabz in OKC, Oklahoma|
|Rear Suspension:|| Two-link, Airlift airbags, Accuair, 3/8-inch copper lines by Phat Phabz|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:|| 24x8 (front), and 24x10 (rear) Raceline Blast 6|
|Tires:|| 285/35R24 (front), and 305/35R24 (rear) Falken|