Rad­i­cal Ren­der­ings

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This month, we in­tro­duce you to two projects we’re build­ing here at Truckin mag­a­zine. They are go­ing in very dif­fer­ent direc­tions, which is ex­actly how it should be since there are in­fi­nite op­tions avail­able to cus­tom­ize your truck or sport util­ity any way you choose. We turned to Koapono Patrick to put our ideas into a cou­ple of ren­der­ings. Check out the art­work for our projects that KP Con­cepts put to­gether and then give him a shout at kp­con­cepts.com or [email protected]­con­cepts.com to get your own ren­der­ing started.

You’ve al­ready seen the first sev­eral in­stall­ments of our “beat to neat” Project Over/Un­der, but now we have a ren­der­ing to ac­com­pany it. The goal was to show just how far you can go with a $500 run­ning work truck. The ’03 Sil­ver­ado stan­dard cab longbed is ar­guably the least pop­u­lar con­fig­u­ra­tion of the least pop­u­lar body style, so we have our work cut out for us.

We took a strange turn with our build process, work­ing from the in­side out. We started with a cus­tom alarm and au­dio in­stall at Au­di­o­tis­tics us­ing Viper, JVC, and JL Au­dio com­po­nents. Then we re­vamped the in­te­rior with Road­wire cus­tom seat cov­ers, car­pet and mats from LMC Truck, a Grant leather steer­ing wheel, and a cus­tom head­liner from Stitchcraft. The 4.8L un­der the hood re­ceived up­grades from JBA, K&N, Pertronix, Jet Per­for­mance, and Hyper­tech thanks to Pow­er­house Per­for­mance. We added a SnugTop shell and an HD hood from LMC Truck be­fore we laid on the Auto-Air Col­ors paint at LGECTS (which you can read about in this is­sue). The ex­te­rior will be fin­ished off with help from Anzo, Move Bumpers, N-Fab, All Ter­rain Con­cepts LED light­ing with a Trig­ger Ac­ces­sory Con­trol Sys­tem, and a Yakima Me­gaLoader roof rack for that sporty over­land look we’re af­ter. Bul­let­proof and At­las will pro­vide the 7-inch lift with Fox shocks and Hell­wig sway bars, and EBC brakes will be added be­fore the Fuel Podium wheels and 35-inch Gen­eral ATX tires are bolted up. When that’s all done, we’ll add in a few more sur­prises to make this truck func­tion in the wild as well as it looks. Check out the cur­rent sto­ries at truckin.com and keep an eye out for the rest right here!

Bryan Fross has spent many years pho­tograph­ing and writ­ing about cus­tom rides be­long­ing to other peo­ple. So, what does he say about his own ’71 Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban project? “It’s not go­ing to be a laid-out, LS-swapped, jaw-drop­ping, or award­win­ning C10 like many of the trucks that have be­come so pop­u­lar re­cently. It is, how­ever, go­ing to be a well-built, daily-drive­able, safe, fun cus­tom cruiser to roll to shows, lo­cal SoCal beaches, and wher­ever life takes my fam­ily.”

That doesn’t mean it’ll be a low-qual­ity or low­bud­get type of build. Start­ing at the chas­sis, a QA1 Mo­tor­sports com­plete coilover con­ver­sion kit with front and rear sway bars is des­per­ately needed to re­place worn-out sus­pen­sion com­po­nents. It will be in­stalled at Low­boy Mo­tor­sports in Mesa, Ari­zona, with a Baer Big Brake Kit as well as 22inch In­tro Colt wheels wrapped in 265/35R22 and 285/35R22 Nexen tires. The aged front end will be re­placed with a new grille, bumper, LED head­lights, and ’68-style clear marker lights from Broth­ers Truck Parts.

Mod­ern up­dates un­der the hood in­clude black ce­ramic-coated Hed­man Pro Tour­ing head­ers bolted to the small-block 350, which will help tuck the Gib­son Per­for­mance dual ex­haust nicely un­der the body. An EFI sys­tem will re­place the car­bu­re­tor, and the fac­tory wiring through­out the ve­hi­cle will be swapped out, too. Other plans in­clude an ididit steer­ing col­umn, Vin­tage Air SureFit Gen IV kit, Stinger Road­kill, Ed­die Mo­tor­sports en­gine/in­te­rior dress-up ac­ces­sories, a 700r4 trans­mis­sion, new gauges, and a cus­tom au­dio in­stall to make those long cruises down Pa­cific Coast High­way much more en­joy­able.

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