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!
The first step was to upgrade to a nicer set of wheels and tires. Wayne Brown at Lindsay T
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.
My previous experience with Hotchkis Performance made me aware that the best handling upgr
Note the staggered mounting of the Tokico Trekmasters and the well-engineered frame-mounte
You cannot call yourself a car crafter unless you tweak the power. With a supercharger, yo
The folks at Magnuson Products had just released their Radix Intercooled Supercharger for
Here is the final installation of the blower, which easily fits under the hood. The interc
We performed a series of chassis dyno-tests to get a complete before-and-after evaluation
|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 highway |
Next is dress-up and practicality. Since I attend car shows, I end up hauling a lot of stu
When you travel out of your favorite radio stations' broadcast area there may or may not b
The Silverado SS is actually used for towing various vehicles from my shop to the alignmen
|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 |
No article in Car Craft would be complete without some performance testing. The truck turned a 14.20 @ 96 mph at Bristol last fall with the Magnuson Supercharger in place. This spring, after adding the Dynatech headers, the best time at Mooresville Dragway was a 9.40 @ 76 mph in the eighth-mile. As you can see, there was basically no traction in First gear. It actually hooks better on the street.
Yes, even a 5,000-pound behemoth can autocross! Of course you may not be competitive with all those flyweight cars, but just go out and have fun. During this event, the truck ran the course in 54.6 seconds compared to the quickest Mini at 48 seconds. Our Silverado bested a lot of smaller cars and won its class.