Vig­i­lance

50 Can­celed Date Nights Worth of Cus­tom

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

50 can­celed date nights worth of cus­tom for this ’14 Chevy Sil­ver­ado

There are all walks of life sub­merged deep in­side the truck cul­ture, and one of the big­gest is mil­i­tary per­son­nel. A large con­tin­gent of our armed forces seems to en­joy cus­tom truck build­ing. Sean Dasher en­listed in the United States Army at 19 years old in or­der to be a bet­ter man for him­self and his wife Sam. While en­listed, he be­came part of an allmil­i­tary mud­ding club in Fort Hood, Texas, and he and the club be­gan look­ing for a way to raise aware­ness and money for mil­i­tary char­i­ties.

Sean took the ini­tia­tive to learn about LED light­ing and, once as­signed to Fort Ste­wart, Ge­or­gia, he be­gan push­ing the idea of mak­ing LED lights and sell­ing them to oth­ers. In 2015, he was se­verely in­jured while on his fi­nal de­ploy­ment, and he med­i­cally re­tired from the Army. While back home, Sean started build­ing a light­ing com­pany called Twisted Pro All­Ter­rain with his close-knit, all-vet­eran crew. Over the next few years, they built many trucks for cus­tomers, and soon Sean got the itch for his own full-blown build.

Re­lo­cat­ing to Jack­sonville, Florida, Sean de­cided he wanted a Chevy Sil­ver­ado, but he wanted the new truck to be a spe­cific color. Luck­ily, 2014 was the first year the Lux­u­ri­ous Blue Metal­lic shade was avail­able, and he pur­chased the blank can­vas. With only a month un­til SEMA, Sean knew he wouldn’t be able to get the build done, so he fin­ished work­ing on the projects his com­pany had un­til De­cem­ber, when the Chevy was brought in for its over­haul.

The first step was en­list­ing Al­lS­tarz Of­fRoad in Or­ange Park, Florida, where the 12-inch Bul­let­proof lift was added, bring­ing the new Sil­ver­ado well above stock heights. Sean chose a set of 24-inch Amer­i­can Force Flux wheels with Toyo 40s. A 2-inch lift was added to the body to give the truck bet­ter clear­ance. Sean also added a Bully Dog cold-air in­take and a BDX Tuner to al­low the truck to run smoothly with the new lift and large tires.

When it came time to up­date the ex­te­rior to match the new ad­di­tions, Sean did his re­search. “I had seen Leif Al­vars­son’s work on a cou­ple of my friends’ trucks,” Sean tells Truckin.

“His mas­ter­pieces stood out above ev­ery­one else.” Sean and Leif brain­stormed for six months to cre­ate a half-wrap that ex­pressed not only his style but Sean’s per­son­al­ity as well.

Apli Con­cepts in­stalled the wrap, which was printed on Av­ery Den­ni­son vinyl.

Sean uti­lized his ex­per­tise in light­ing, adding Bodyguard bumpers front and back to show­case his light prod­ucts. “The bumpers were a per­fect choice,” Sean adds. “They were de­signed around the idea of us­ing more light­ing.” Sean in­stalled an RC Pro from Ride Con­troller to run all the light­ing and train horns. And since the Night­mare 244 train horn kit was in­stalled in Sean’s shop, he feels he must apol­o­gize for “mak­ing just about ev­ery­one who helped with the truck deaf at some point from those horns.”

Once the Sil­ver­ado was com­pleted, Sean proudly dis­played it at the Amer­i­can Force booth at SEMA in Las Ve­gas. Sean wishes to thank his beau­ti­ful wife, Sam, for sup­port­ing him and putting up with the long days he’s had while work­ing on the truck. Through­out the build, he’s es­ti­mated that he’s had to can­cel more than 50 date nights in or­der to bring his cus­tom dream to fruition. A spe­cial thanks goes to Chris at Al­lS­tarz Of­fRoad for also putting in long nights to com­plete the Chevy. Last and most cer­tainly not least, Sean wishes to thank all his per­sonal friends who are still ac­tive duty—Army men and women who share a love and pas­sion for trucks, which brings them all that much closer to each other.

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