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Don't Mess With The Truck- Tales

Photography by Terry Stevens

The best-selling vehicles in the U.S. today are pickups. Just look around as you mosey down the highways and byways and you will realize that trucks come in every shape and size and are often personalized by their owners and reflect their owner's personality.

It is still true in many regions of our country that you can drink a man's liquor, you can steal a man's girlfriend, but don't be messin' with his truck!

So we buy that perfect truck, whether it be used or new, and immediately start making it our personal calling card. This might entail brushed-steel toolboxes for that work truck or a new set of ground effects for that new sport truck.

Follow along as I detail how I created my own Silverado SS to serve as a combination rolling performance platform and work truck. I have recently retired from the airline industry where I had 32 years worth of experience, but it was successful since my number of landings equaled the number of takeoffs! Since I was also a Navy pilot, I have always believed in operating the best and most powerful equipment available. I installed the Magnuson Supercharger, Hotchkis front sway bar, Tokico shocks, Dynatech headers, and a Pace-Edwards Jackrabbit cover. The rear sway bar had to be integrated around the Flowmaster exhaust so we employed Gene Childress' talents at Muffler Masters since he had the welding tools and heavy-duty drill.

By The Numbers
  Stock Magnuson Dynatech
  5.3L Supercharger Headers
Rear Wheel HP 244 @ 4,600 350 @ 5,300 364 @ 5,800
Rear Wheel TQ 282 @ 4,100 393 @ 3,700 400 @ 3,200

Stock gas mileage: 14 city/17 highwayPerformance gas mileage: 15 city/19.5 highway

Parts List
Component Manufacturer PN
Front & rear antiroll bar Hotchkis 2229
Front shocks Tokico GE2952
Rear shocks Tokico GE3685C
Supercharger kit Magnuson 01-12-60-001
Headers Dynatech 115-841300
Exhaust system Flowmaster 17257
Bedrug Bedrug BR-C99SB-K
Bed cover Pace-Edwards TR2003/TR2005

SOURCES
Bedrug
www.bedrug.com
Flowmaster
8-00/-544-4761
www.flowmastermufflers.com
Dynatech Headers
Boonville
IN
800-848-5850
dynatechheaders.com
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