DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
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