THE CHRISTENING

Div­ing Head First Into the World of Cus­tom Trucks

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE SELF PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

SOME SIB­LINGS CAN’T SEEM TO GET ALONG, WHILE OTH­ERS JUST GET THE SPE­CIAL DY­NAMIC OF THAT RE­LA­TION­SHIP. Fam­ily al­ways comes first, and when you can do some­thing for your sib­lings, you just do it. Colten Brewer had the means to sur­prise his younger brother, Masen, with a fully cus­tom­ized truck for his 16th birth­day, so he went for it. Yeah, I’ll give you a minute to push your jeal­ously back into the pit of your stom­ach. Okay, back to our story.

COLTEN DID HU­MOR MASEN A BIT BY HAV­ING A REN­DER­ING DRAWN UP OF WHAT COLTEN’S TRUCK WOULD LOOK LIKE WITH THE CHANGES MASEN HAD IN MIND. IN RE­AL­ITY, WHAT MASEN WAS LOOK­ING AT WAS HIS FU­TURE TRUCK! PRETTY SNEAKY.”

Masen had been show­ing a lot of in­ter­est in slammed trucks since Colten had a cou­ple of ’bagged du­al­lies, and he’d re­cently ac­quired a stan­dard cab Sil­ver­ado that was fea­tured right here in Street Trucks (“Black Sheep,”pg. 100, June 2015). That last truck, though, re­ally got to him. Ac­cord­ing to Colten, Masen couldn’t stop talk­ing about it, and even had his own ideas about how he would make it dif­fer­ent if it were his.

Be­cause of Masen’s en­thu­si­asm, Colten got the idea to make Masen’s dream come true. No one ex­cept Colten and a few key play­ers were privy to the plan un­til the very end. Colten did hu­mor Masen a bit

AFTER ALL OF THE HARD WORK AND DED­I­CA­TION FROM EV­ERY­ONE IN­VOLVED, COLTEN WASN’T ABOUT TO JUST HAND OVER THE KEYS TO MASEN ALL WILLY-NILLY. NO, EVEN THE ‘RE­VEAL’ HAD TO BE SPE­CIAL. THE PER­FECT OP­POR­TU­NITY PRE­SENTED IT­SELF, AND WITH MASEN’S BIRTH­DAY COM­ING UP, THE TIM­ING WAS EX­CEL­LENT.”

by hav­ing a ren­der­ing drawn up of what Colten’s truck would look like with the changes Masen had in mind. In re­al­ity, what Masen was look­ing at was his fu­ture truck! Pretty sneaky.

After pick­ing up a new ’16

Chevy Sil­ver­ado stan­dard cab from the lo­cal deal­er­ship, Colten went straight to Nfa­mus Metal

Fab in Cle­burne, Texas, for the full Nfa­mus treat­ment. If you’re fa­mil­iar with the shop’s rep­u­ta­tion, you know they don’t mess around when it comes to com­plete builds. A lot of shops might stop once the rock­ers kiss pave­ment, but Nfa­mus owner Keith Sawyer has been known to go above and be­yond, out­do­ing him­self with each ride his shop puts out.

As if build­ing some­one’s first cus­tom truck (and first ve­hi­cle of any kind, for that mat­ter) wasn’t sat­is­fy­ing enough, Colten and the Nfa­mus crew (con­sist­ing of Keith, Neal, Erik and Mar­cos) de­cided to make things ex­tra spe­cial for Masen by ar­rang­ing to have the truck de­but at SEMA 2016. Talk about cre­at­ing me­mories.

This wasn’t Nfa­mus’ first rodeo with GM’S new­est Sil­ver­a­dos, so the guys went right to cut­ting up the fac­tory chas­sis with­out break­ing a sweat, re­plac­ing the cen­ter sec­tion with 3x3 boxed tub­ing to take care of the ma­jor­ity of the body drop right from the start. And things only got cra­zier from there. A nar­rowed rearend and cus­tom-fabbed Nfa­mus air ride sus­pen­sion made stuff­ing the 26-inch

Race­line Com­man­der wheels, which sport sand­blasted cen­ters and 305mm wide Pirelli tires, pos­si­ble. Even the front bumper was mod­i­fied to lay flat with the rest of the truck.

The ex­te­rior still wore its fac­tory sil­ver fin­ish, but key items, such as the head­lights, grille, door han­dles and rear bumper were color-matched by Justin Rogers. The re­sult is a clean, san­i­tary look from front to back that kept things prac­ti­cal since the truck would be a daily driver.

As mild as the ex­te­rior might seem mods-wise, the in­te­rior by Ray at Delgado’s Upholstery of­fers a nice jux­ta­po­si­tion with its wild styling. Prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing was made red, from the hot-rod-style loop car­pet­ing to the re­shaped leather seats, LTZ crew cab con­sole, and even the head­liner, dash and steer­ing wheel were wrapped in fresh red cowhide. We think you’ll agree that you can never go wrong with red guts.

After all of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion from ev­ery­one in­volved, Colten wasn’t about to just hand over the keys to Masen all willy-nilly. No, even the “re­veal” had to be spe­cial. The per­fect op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self, and with Masen’s birth­day com­ing up, the tim­ing was ex­cel­lent.

The Brewer fam­ily was headed to Cal­i­for­nia to visit Colten and Masen’s sis­ter, Payten, and there’s a place they all have din­ner when­ever they’re in town. We’re sure din­ner was great, but dessert was epic. Wait­ing out­side un­der cover was Masen’s new ride. Re­mem­ber, no one present ex­cept Colten even knew the truck ex­isted, so we imag­ine that ev­ery­one’s re­ac­tion was price­less.

Masen was able to get some qual­ity time in with his truck be­fore ship­ping it off to SEMA for its world de­but, and he’s been en­joy­ing the low life ever since.

YOU’D THINK THAT COV­ER­ING PRAC­TI­CALLY EV­ERY­THING IN­SIDE MASEN’S TRUCK IN RED WOULD BE OVERKILL, BUT IT JUST WORKS. RAY AT DELGADO’S UPHOLSTERY MUST BE HALF WIZARD, BE­CAUSE THIS IN­TE­RIOR IS FLAW­LESS.

SOME OF NFA­MUS’ HAND­I­WORK CAN BE SEEN HERE. THE COM­PANY’S HAND-FABBED SUS­PEN­SION COM­PO­NENTS AND A MAS­SIVE BODY DROP CAN BE THANKED FOR THE TRUCK’S MA­JOR ALTI­TUDE AD­JUST­MENT AND JAW-DROP­PING AP­PEAR­ANCE.

THE FAC­TORY FIN­ISH AND SUB­TLE EX­TE­RIOR MODS,

LIKE THE COLOR-MATCHED REAR BUMPER AND DOOR HAN­DLES, MAKE THIS A DAILY DRIVER THAT HIDES MOST OF ITS OUT­GO­ING PER­SON­AL­ITY IN­SIDE.

LEFT. THE RED THEME WAS CAR­RIED TO THE BED, WHICH HAD ITS FLOOR RAISED AS PART OF THE BODY DROP AND TO HIDE THE REST OF THE CUS­TOM NFA­MUS SUS­PEN­SION COM­PO­NENTS.

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