DRESS IT UP
Next month will mark one full year of working on Project Looks. Muscle. Longevity, and we hope you’ve enjoyed following along on the journey. In upcoming installments we’ll be going back to addressing the truck’s performance. While we’re happy with how the truck drives with 600 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque, we aren’t naive to the fact that a stock Allison transmission won’t survive long at those levels. We’ll be upgrading to a fully built unit from Merchant Automotive, to be followed with some better transmission cooler lines and a bigger fluid cooler. While looking into the cooling side of things, we’re also planning to upgrade the radiator and intercooler, as well as add some braking upgrades to improve our stopping power while towing heavy through the mountains of Utah and Southeast Idaho.
The last of our cosmetic additions come with new Chevy Bowtie badges on the tailgate and grille. The tailgate badge is held on with 3M adhesive tape, so applying heat with a heat gun will help soften that up and ease removal.
Before pulling the badge off, we outlined the top side with masking tape to help make sure the new one goes back on centered and straight. A magic eraser wheel we picked up at the local auto paint supply store, inserted into a power drill, helped remove the leftover adhesive. This made cleanup easy and quick.
The new badges from Get Lit Customz top off the looks of this build perfectly. Brand-new badges from GM were disassembled and painted by hand. They even used our truck’s paint code so the design we chose would match the truck’s color perfectly. With a heavy clear-coated finish, they should look great for years to come and won’t peel or fade like a vinyl decal would.
Using the tape we applied before removing the original badge, adhering the new paint-matched emblem was simple. The entire process took less than 20 minutes. The end result looks incredible and helps the truck stand out in a crowded parking lot.
Like the one we swapped out on the tailgate, the front badge was replaced with a brand-new emblem from the dealer and paint-matched using our truck’s paint code. The front Bowtie is held to the grille with a couple small clips, so swapping it out is even easier than the rear.