Shin­ing Silverado

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SAM HARTLEY HAD AL­WAYS WANTED A GMT400, SINCE HIS DAD OWNED TWO OF THEM WHEN SAM WAS GROW­ING UP. On his way to buy one to serve as his first truck, Sam and his fa­ther spot­ted this ’97 Chevro­let Silverado at a small deal­er­ship. The two went to check out other trucks, but

Sam knew in­stantly it was the Silverado ex­tended cab short­bed for him.

While his work was orig­i­nally fo­cused on show­ing off the clean fac­tory truck at car shows, Sam quickly caught the bug and has been work­ing on the ’97 ever since. The fac­tory 350 Vortec mo­tor re­mains, deal­ing out 255 hp and 275 ft-lb of torque. GM fac­tory ral­lyes from a 1973-87 GM truck have re­placed the Silverado’s orig­i­nal footwear.

Sam has stripped and pow­der­coated them in the orig­i­nal Ar­gent Sil­ver for a classic look. Fin­ished to pro­vide shine and pro­tec­tion, th­ese ba­bies are wrapped in 265/70R15 BFG Long Trail T/A tires that stand larger than stock and fill up the wheel wells for a beefier pro­file. The cen­ter caps are NOS and in­tended for the steel sport wheels of the GMT400, giv­ing Sam the style he loves from both trucks.

Cur­rently, the ex­te­rior, in­te­rior and sus­pen­sion re­main stock, and Sam oc­cu­pies him­self with main­tain­ing their just-driven-offthe-lot qual­ity, but he hasn’t crossed out any pos­si­bil­i­ties for this build. With a DJM drop in its fu­ture, as well as a roll-up bed cover, a paint job for his newly dis­cov­ered NOS tail­gate, and the pur­chase of a new Chevro­let band, it’s clear that Sam doesn’t plan on quit­ting th­ese mods any time soon.

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