Fine Whine

A daily driven ’15 Sil­ver­ado turned show truck


Some­times, car builders need an ex­tra push to be­gin re­con­struct­ing their project ve­hi­cles. For Kris Hor­ton, owner of Cars by Kris, the mo­ti­va­tion to mod­ify a ’16 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 1500 was noth­ing more than sup­ple­men­tary. He ini­tially pur­chased the truck for his wife to use as a daily driver, with a fu­ture build in mind. The ad­di­tional push to cus­tom­ize the truck came from Toyo Tires, which re­quested a build from Kris.

Kris is a cus­tom car de­signer who be­gan his suc­cess­ful ca­reer by sim­ply cre­at­ing amaz­ing art­work. He as­cended to recog­ni­tion when one of his de­signs gained mas­sive pop­u­lar­ity on the web and was then fea­tured in Pop­u­lar Hot Rod­ding. Since then, his de­signs have im­proved, and sev­eral of his builds have been com­mis­sioned by many big names in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. It’s no won­der Toyo Tires came to him for a build.

Kris told Truckin his plans to al­ter the Chevy were ex­pe­dited when Stan Chen from Toyo Tires reached out to him. Stan asked Kris if he was work­ing on any project that could po­ten­tially be used for dis­play at SEMA. Kris replied with a lament­ing “no” but quickly added that he had a truck that could be tai­lored for the oc­ca­sion. Stan gave Kris the green light, and the build be­gan.

This Sil­ver­ado was not dras­ti­cally cus­tom­ized, but it was given enough flair to im­press and make it stand out. Un­der the hood, the 5.3L en­gine was equipped with a Whip­ple 2.9L su­per­charger for more power, and a Borla ex­haust sys­tem was added to the pack­age. Kris main­tained the stock six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion along with the rearend. Un­der the truck, the front sus­pen­sion is com­prised of McGaughy’s spin­dles and shocks with a 4-inch drop along with a Hell­wig sway bar. In the rear, a McGaughy’s 6-inch drop and Air Lift helper bags were in­stalled. Kris up­graded the brakes to Wil­wood 16inch ro­tors up front and 14-inch ro­tors out back with TC6R calipers.

The Sil­ver­ado re­ceived an AirDe­sign com­plete body kit that gives the truck a more ag­gres­sive look. In the bed area, a BedRug bed­liner was placed, and a Re­trax rolling cover en­closes the bed. The truck was given a tung­sten gray metal­lic paintjob. Elegant graph­ics were added by 702 Graph­ics. To com­plete the sub­tle yet spe­cial look of the truck, “KH,” the ini­tials for Kris Hor­ton, em­blems were po­si­tioned on the doors. For wheels and tires, Chris se­lected 24x10 Amer­i­can Force Zen three-piece wheels and STII 305/35R24 Toyo Proxes tires.

For Kris, hav­ing one of his builds dis­played at SEMA is not an un­fa­mil­iar ex­pe­ri­ence. What made this par­tic­u­lar project dif­fer­ent was the fact that it was com­pleted in about two months while Kris was mov­ing his fam­ily and com­pany out to Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada. Kris told us the truck was mostly garage­built and it be­came dif­fi­cult to stay on track when he was re­lo­cat­ing, but thanks to friends—both in Corona, Cal­i­for­nia, and Las Ve­gas—the build was pos­si­ble. Kris nick­named the Sil­ver­ado “Fine Whine” due to the beau­ti­ful whine the su­per­charger pro­duces. It is no doubt the Fine Whine Sil­ver­ado rep­re­sented Toyo Tires at SEMA with fi­nesse.

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