Danny Ma­cias’ ’97 Chevy Ta­hoe

Street Trucks - - BLOOD, SWEAT & GEARS -

TIME SEEMS TO SPEED ALONG, UN­TIL ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP, TAKE A LOOK AROUND AND WON­DER HOW YOU GOT WHERE YOU ARE. That re­al­iza­tion can be scary, but it can also be ex­hil­a­rat­ing. Danny Ma­cias wel­comes the new ex­pe­ri­ences that life presents as it speeds along.

Danny, a life­long cus­tom truck en­thu­si­ast, has built a ’95 GMC with a body drop, but as his life trans­formed and his fam­ily grew, his pri­or­i­ties shifted. His pas­sion for trucks be­came a fam­ily affair, and to suit the needs of his en­tire fam­ily, he traded his beloved GMC for a ’97 Chevy Ta­hoe. De­spite the im­mac­u­late qual­ity it now boasts, the Ta­hoe was far from a fin­ished project when Danny first got it, but he’s never re­gret­ted his de­ci­sion. The com­pleted Ta­hoe is a ’bagged and bod­ied mas­ter­piece that uses a classic plat­form to make a bold state­ment, and it seats the whole fam­ily.

A cus­tom chas­sis and sus­pen­sion un­der­neath the clean blue body pan­els forms the un­der­pin­nings of this beast. The pre­vi­ous owner had al­ready com­pleted the sus­pen­sion, but Danny’s cre­ative choices made for a full sus­pen­sion re­fresh. From the fire­wall back, the Ta­hoe sports a cus­tom frame fab­ri­cated from 2x3 tub­ing. Mounted to the frame is a cus­tom 4-link us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of airbags and Gabriel shocks, sus­pend­ing the fac­tory rearend that has been nar­rowed 6.5 inches. The front sec­tion was nar­rowed

1.5 inches us­ing Chop­pin’

Block con­trols arms. With the ad­di­tional room cre­ated, Danny’s Chevy now houses a gor­geous set of Racine Burst 5 wheels for a jaw-drop­ping stance. The fully pol­ished rollers mea­sure 22 inches all around, with a width of 8.5 inches in the front and 10 inches in the back. Tucked deep un­der­neath the body, the alu­minum and rub­ber com­bi­na­tion makes for a men­ac­ing ap­pear­ance.

The OEM Chevy small-block pro­vides the classic Amer­i­can power un­der­neath the Ta­hoe’s

hood. Its deep, nat­u­ral rum­ble is en­hanced us­ing a cus­tom in­take man­i­fold and air cleaner, as well as a true dual ex­haust as­sisted by two turbo muf­flers. A Pow­er­mas­ter al­ter­na­tor keeps the up­dated wiring and sound sys­tem healthy in ad­di­tion to the mo­tor.

Once the frame, sus­pen­sion, wheels and powertrain were sorted, Danny moved on to the cus­tom body­work. His Ta­hoe fea­tures a full 5-inch body­drop, with heav­ily customized el­e­ments to cre­ate a unique fi­nal prod­uct that re­mains clean and classy. The fend­ers have been mod­i­fied for the ad­di­tion of the mas­sive wheels and low stance. The front bumper has been tucked 1.5 inches closer to the sleek body, while the rear de­ploys a Cali Combo roll pan and molded Cadil­lac tails. To com­plete the ul­tra­smooth ex­te­rior, he shaved and smoothed the wiper cowl, roof rack, gas filler and door han­dles. Af­ter fine-tun­ing all of the body com­po­nents, Danny fin­ished off his top-notch work with sev­eral coats of Day­tona Me­tal­lic Blue. Danny’s busi­ness, Dogg House Kustoms, com­pleted all of the cus­tom body­work.

Hav­ing stripped down the in­te­rior, he sent his truck to Daniel Arevalo for cus­tom up­hol­stery. The front buck­ets and rear bench were wrapped in graphite gray vinyl and suede. The in­te­rior door pan­els and dash were both smoothed and painted to match the ex­te­rior. Fi­nally, the car­pet was color matched. The dash fea­tures a 14-inch bil­let steer­ing wheel, cus­tom-mounted Ac­cuair con­troller and EQ slots for the stereo. The cen­ter con­sole, which Danny also built, makes use of bil­let cup hold­ers.

The fi­nal piece of the in­te­rior is an ex­ten­sive sound sys­tem built by Mark Felix. The sys­tem is mas­tered by a Pioneer DEG 7600 head unit. Stinger Au­dio wiring links to a Phoenix Gold 400 four-chan­nel and 1,100-watt mono-block amp, us­ing an Au­dio Con­trol EQS cross-over pro­ces­sor. The sound is de­liv­ered through Rock­ford Fos­gate mids and Stephen’s Au­dios driv­ers. Fi­nally, three 12-inch JL Au­dio W3s bring mus­cle to the sys­tem. The in­te­rior fea­tures Dy­na­mat sound dead­en­ing for a re­fined au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence that’s fam­ily friendly when it needs to be.

Danny’s Ta­hoe is not only a world-class cus­tom and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the clean Street Trucks’ style, but it’s also ev­i­dence of the cus­tom truck en­thu­si­ast lifer shar­ing his pas­sion with his en­tire fam­ily. It demon­strates how en­thu­si­asts evolve and adapt all while main­tain­ing their pas­sion.

TEXT BY MIKE ALEXAN­DER PHOTOS BY BRIAN GOUDE

CLASSIC LINES ARE WHAT THE OBS BODY STYLE IS ALL ABOUT, AND FROM DEAD ON YOU CAN SEE JUST HOW MEAN TH­ESE CHEVYS LOOK PROP­ERLY PLANTED FLAT ON THE GROUND.

THE CREATURE COM­FORTS RE­MAIN IN THE EXPANSIVE IN­TE­RIOR WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BIL­LET, AU­DIO, PAINT AND SUEDE TO KEEP THE FAM­ILY QUIET ON THOSE ROAD TRIPS TO OUT-OF-TOWN SHOWS NEAR AND FAR.

THERE’S JUST SOME­THING SO RIGHT ABOUT AN SUV TUCKING THE RIGHT WHEEL COMBO, AND TH­ESE 22-INCH RACE­LINE BURSTS ARE THE PER­FECT FIT FOR THIS CLEAN FAM­ILY HAULER.

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