September 6 , 1999

1997 Chevy Silverado owned by Ken McAvoy (a.k.a. N2TRUX)

This1997 Chevrolet Silverado has a short bed, crew-cab, 5.7 auto, and 3.73's with a factory limited slip. It came loaded with all options, including gray leather. The crew-cab conversion was done by Centurion Conversion, and all other modifications were done by local shops or by Ken himself.

The exterior has been enhanced with a multi- color graphic scheme designed and applied by Rodney Hutcherson from "Total Kaos" graphics of Pasadena TX. The body mods include removing all emblems and trim, shaved stake pockets and tailgate, and ending with a rollpan. The front bumper was replaced with a Distinctive Design tear drop unit, that includes driving lights. The bed is covered with a Gem Top "GT Classic" flush bed cover, and the inside has been sprayed with a Line-X bed liner.

Small details include a polished billet bowtie in a stock chrome grill, a billet antenna, and Trenz smooth polished license frame. Altitude adjustment was provided via a Belltech 3/4 drop kit, with a "Helwig" rear sway bar. A helper bag and compressor were added in case I need to use the hitch that is hidden under the swing away license frame. Rolling on a practical tire and wheel combo of chrome Niche "Throttle" 17x8.5" with Dunlop Sport Rover II 255/55/17in the front, and 275/60/17 bringing up the rear. To get all of this moving in a hurry the Vortec 350 was improved upon with a Hypertech II programmer, an Evergreen "Airraid" intake tube with a K & N cone filter. The exhaust was left stock besides the 4" stainless tip.

Climb inside and take a seat on the factory leather electric buckets, grab the driving glasses out of the overhead console and fire it up. The gauges look much brighter than normal due to white face kit, which is surrounded by a Infinity Products Carbon Fiber dash 8 piece kit that covers the armrests as well. Slip your favorite CD in the factory head unit, and ease up the volume. Don't twist it too hard or the Sony 5x60 amp connected to a single Pioneer 10" sub might rattle your teeth. The factory speakers were replaced by Sony & JBL units, with a Rockford Fosgate 3 way adjustable crossover to fine tune the sound. There is no need to worry about slippery shoes sliding off the pedals, since they have been replaced with a race inspired "Revo" pedal kit. The shifter handle is a little easier to grasp as well, due to the "Revo" Carbon Fiber replacement knob.

Going fast is fun, but nothing ends the excitement faster than needing to stop and not being able to. That won't happen here, due to braking improvements provided by a "Stainless Steel Brakes" rear disc conversion, with gas slotting all around. The time between brake jobs is improved as well by the "Applied Rotor Technology" Cryogenic treating of all the brake wear components.

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