Truckin - - DROP DEAD -

The Sil­ver­ado was sent out to the Lit­tle Shop head­quar­ters in Ten­nessee, and the project was started fol­low­ing SEMA 2013. As is the case with pretty much ev­ery sin­gle build Lit­tle Shop takes on, all the body­work, paint, brakes, and ev­ery as­pect of the chas­sis from top to bot­tom was done by Lit­tle Shop. When it came down to the ma­jor de­ci­sion re­gard­ing whether Steve would want the truck body-dropped or not, he de­cided he wanted it to “look stock and be­have cus­tom.” This Sil­ver­ado build was all about keep­ing it sim­ple, re­li­able, and stress-free. Us­ing Slam Spe­cial­ties SS8 bags up front, which were sup­ported by Bell­tech Nitro 2 shocks, Lit­tle Shop made sure this truck would ride just as per­fectly as it did stock—ex­cept about a foot closer to the ground when do­ing so. In the rear, a KP Com­po­nents can­tilever four-link kit was used to en­sure the same qual­ity of ride and keep the truck sim­ple to main­tain over the years. With Ac­cuair

E-Level man­age­ment aboard this fam­ily cruiser, set­ting au­to­matic ride heights and air­ing out could not be any eas­ier. Knowing stop­ping is just as im­por­tant as driv­ing a beau­ti­ful truck, Lit­tle Shop in­stalled a full set of 16-inch Wil­wood ro­tors on the front and back.

Stay­ing true to the theme, Steve and the Lit­tle Shop crew kept the GM 5.3L V-8 mostly stock but added a Black Bear Per­for­mance—tuned ECM for a lit­tle ex­tra per­for­mance. An en­gine-driven com­pres­sor was added as well as a backup Vi­air com­pres­sor. Af­ter Lit­tle Shop added full tubs to the front fend­ers, a one-of-a-kind sec­ond fuse box was cre­ated on the pas­sen­ger side of the bay to mir­ror the OEM fuse box; it was used to hide the Ac­cuair VU4 block. Sim­ple does not have to mean stock, and the Lit­tle Shop team proved this with all the lit­tle changes they made to the body to make this truck unique for Steve, from shav­ing the bed stakes to rolling the edges on the in­ner fend­ers, and even adding cus­tom-fit splash guards to the new pos­ture of the Sil­ver­ado. Af­ter the ad­di­tion of the billet grille sets, the ex­te­rior was al­most com­plete, but the in­te­rior had just be­gun. In­stal­la­tion of the full Alpine stereo com­menced, in­clud­ing a 7-inch dou­ble-DIN head unit, an 11-inch rear DVD screen, four sets of SPR60C 6-inch speaker com­po­nents with amps to power them, and dual PDX M12 sub­woofers. Need­less to say, this stereo sounds far bet­ter than the OEM setup. Af­ter the ad­di­tion of some painted trim pieces, all the pil­lars were wrapped in leather to per­fectly match the seats.

The fi­nal piece of the puzzle was a joint de­ci­sion by the Palmers. Steve had gone back and forth be­tween a few ma­jor brands to fit the truck with shoes. His wife, Marie, said to him, “Ev­ery­one else al­ready has Race­lines and In­tros, get the Billet Spe­cial­ties and have some­thing dif­fer­ent.” That is one wise woman. The spe­cific set he went with was the 26-inch three­piece Billet Spe­cial­ties BLVD 64. These were ac­tu­ally the first-ever set of three-piece BLVDs cre­ated by the com­pany. Steve chose to wrap them in 305/30/26 Lex­ani tires, and with that, it was a wrap. The first time Steve saw the truck in per­son was upon com­ple­tion from Lit­tle Shop, and it was at that mo­ment it gained the name Drop Dead—be­cause it was “drop-dead sexy.”

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