Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text / Pho­tog­ra­phy: Joe Daniels

A Chevy 3500 Du­ally that Dares to be Dif­fer­ent

Be­ing dif­fer­ent. It’s what makes the world go ’ round and pro­vides a wide range of va­ri­ety in au­to­mo­tive cir­cles. And the diesel world is no ex­cep­tion. While most diesel en­thu­si­asts opt to lift their 4x4s, Daniel Cham­bers of Ben Wheeler, Texas, opted to go a dif­fer­ent route, drop­ping his 2007 Chevy 3500 4x4 du­ally and giv­ing it the full street truck treat­ment. And with quar­ter-mile times in the 11s, his black beauty is more than just a pretty face.

If the name Cham­bers rings a bell, it’s be­cause he is an alum­nus of our sis­ter mag­a­zine Diesel World. His wild white D-max work truck was fea­tured on the cover a few years back. A few years later, at the NADM diesel event in Den­ton, Texas, he de­buted a crazy mon­ster truck-style Caddy hearse with a 12-valve stuffed un­der the hood. The “Black Max” is one of the lat­est cre­ations to roll out of Cham­bers Paint and Body, and will re­ally grow on you af­ter a while, es­pe­cially with the old-school lake pipe ex­haust down the sides.

Like many of the Cham­bers cus­tom cre­ations, the 2007 Chevy du­ally started out as a frame-up, crash re­pair truck. In­stead of giv­ing it the typ­i­cal lift and wheels and tires treat­ment, Cham­bers went the other di­rec­tion, drop­ping it with Mc­gaughys spin­dles and DJM con­trol arms up front and a flip kit at the rear, which places the axle over the leaf springs. The frame was then C-notched above the axle for more sus­pen­sion travel clear­ance. The trick­i­est part of the drop, ac­cord­ing to Cham­bers, was ad­just­ing the ride height to be har­mo­nious with the front drive setup to elim­i­nate vi­bra­tion since he stills uses the 4x4 sys­tem for drag race launches. The stock 17x7 GM al­loys were re­tained, but were shod with Nitto 275/60R17 street-style rub­ber.

To smoke all four tires out back, the Du­ra­max got a healthy dose of horse­power and torque via an afe in­take, EFI Live tun­ing and 5-inch ex­haust that ex­its into 6-inch chrome “stacks,” which are laid out down the

side of the truck in old school lake pipe fash­ion. The crown­ing power adder is a 300-shot of ni­trous. Trans­mit­ting the D-max’s horse­power and torque to us­able power at the ground is a Josh Har­ris-built Al­li­son fit­ted with an ATS bil­let torque con­verter and in­ter­nals.

Cham­bers Paint and Body is cred­ited with the external mods, in­clud­ing the lake pipes, along with a T-rex bil­let grille. Troy Smith fin­ished off the ex­te­rior with sev­eral coats of black and clear. On the in­side, the truck fea­tures a cus­tom suede and leather up­hol­stery job, courtesy of Texas Seats in Dal­las. The in­te­rior also fea­tures painted dash and door pan­els with candy ac­cents, along with Auto Me­ter boost and pyro gauges mounted in the A-pil­lar. To boost the thump and help drown out the ex­haust noise, a full Kicker stereo sys­tem was in­stalled, complete with an 8-inch sub be­hind the seat.

Once again, we ran into the Cham­bers fam­ily at the NADM event in Den­ton, where we’re al­ways guar­an­teed to find some­thing dif­fer­ent roll out of Cham­bers Paint and Body. And Cham­bers’ du­ally did not dis­ap­point. UDBG

The 4x4 has a street-style stance, ac­com­plished with Mc­gaughys drop spin­dles and DJM con­trol arms. The truck is also fit­ted with the req­ui­site bil­let grille, street truck-style.

Cham­bers opted to keep the stock 17-inch rollers, which are wrapped with 275/60R17 Nitto street rub­ber. Twin 6-inch chrome stacks were mounted along the body for the lake pipe ex­haust.

ABOVE Auto Me­ter boost and pyro gauges keep track of the LBZ. TOP RIGHT The LBZ is fit­ted with an afe in­take, 5-inch ex­haust and EFI Live tun­ing with a 300-shot of ni­trous plumbed into the in­take man­i­fold for the drag strip. RIGHT The ni­trous tank is bed

ABOVE Up front is a set of T-rex bil­let grilles with a candy-painted Chevy “bowtie” mounted in the up­per. RIGHT Texas Seats of Dal­las is cred­ited with the cool suede and leather in­te­rior, complete with the bowtie logo em­broi­dered in the head­rests.

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