Dragging 24/7 – John Trevino’s Bagged Chevrolet Silverado

Billet wheels, airbags, bonspeed, HD

Let’s introduce John Trevino of Glendale, Arizona. John’s one of those guys who really goes 110% on everything he does, and this truck is no exception. Just a few years ago, this truck was romping through the desert without a care in the world. Oh that’s right, John originally built this truck as a prerunner, designed to go 50 through the desert without a care in the world. Then, one day, something happened. Maybe it was something in the water, or meeting some buddies who were into mini truckin’, but whatever it was, John was hooked. He now had a new mission, and it was now just a matter of doing.

notched frame, bridge, c-notch, painted axle, bed liner

Under the hood, John focused a good amount of attention. The 4.8l V8 has a host of bolt on mods, like an AEM intake, JBA headers, MSD plug wires, and a Flowmaster exhaust. The tranny was completely gone through by Cottman Transmissions, and while they were there, they installed a high output torque converter, a shift kit, and Corvette servos for good measure. The rear end now houses a set of 4:10 gears too. Most people cut out the fenders on their truck and leave it as is, but not John. He took the truck to Grunion Fabrication in Phoenix, Arizona, and Kevin welded up some 33” fenders up front, and mounted the fuse box and overflow to the new tubs.

4.8l V8, AEM intake, Brute Force, Marbelized paint

John gathered up some of the crew from his club, Perfect Poise, and they took on the big task of getting the truck from nosebleed status to dragging frame. Up front, they yanked the stock control arms and springs, and replaced them with DJM upper and lower control arms plus a pair of Slam Specialties airbags.

The stock rotors and calipers were replaced with a Baer Brakes Eradispeed plus 1 kit, which looks pretty sick behind the 22” Bonspeed Clutches and 255/30 Nitto 555’s. Out back, they yanked the axle and sent it off to be jet coated cobalt blue, and while they had some parts in the shop, they threw in the KP Components 6-link kit too and had it done in show chrome.

When everything got back, they bolted it all up and laid the truck on the newly notched frame. John hooked up the air system with a Viair 500 and a 6 gallon tank – but that’s just backup for the 50-pound nitrogen bottle held in the back of the bed. Eight SMC ½” valves are held together with ½” copper hardline, and the switches are housed in the custom center console with the Dakota Digital gauges – but more on that later.

flames, foam, headliner, suede

On the outside, there’s the usual things like the shaved handles, taillights, tailgate, rollpan, and stake pockets, but there are a few killer tricks too. Like the custom wheel wells that are molded to the fender, or the Chevy HD hood, or the AMP billet gas door. John also has a Street Scene shaved cowl and cal-vu mirrors, plus a SnugTop tonneau cover.

Russel at H13 Kustoms in Phoenix, Arizona, took care of the body work that needed to be cleaned up, then he laid down the paint, which was all done with House of Kolor products. The paint scheme starts with a black upper half, then goes to Orion Silver on the bottom, and the two colors are separated by a Kandy Cobalt blue marbleized pinstripe. It took a while to get done, but now that it is, the truck looks sicker than ever.

flamed tint, billet, DVD player

John went to Todd Jubert at The Interior Shop for his interior, and as a result, has a sizeable collection of awards in his living room. Todd started by wrapping the headliner in suede and incorporating a killer flame pattern. Then the seats were wrapped in suede and BMW leather in a custom pattern. While Todd had the leather out, he wrapped the dash in it too, incorporating the same flame pattern. The door panels, were built by Todd, almost from scratch, using fiberglass, foam, and that same BMW black leather. If it’s billet, John has it. There’s the Trenz mirror, the vents, steering wheel and the numerous other accessories scattered around the inside of the truck.

Alpine, DVD, monitor, CD, Fiberglass console

The center console is really one of the cooler parts of the truck, and it was built by Aaron Ruddy from POE. Aaron built a custom fiberglass console that houses John’s A/C controls, airbag switches, and an Alpine DVD/CD player. That’s just one of the 5 monitors hidden in the truck, including a big one in the middle of the dash. The gauge surround and the console were painted in the same Kandy Cobalt blue that pinstripes the truck. Speaking of stereo stuff, the current setup was built by Tony at Noise Audio, and utilizes a MTX amp, and other components in the doors and pillars.

A truck like this isn’t built in a day, and John wouldn’t have been able to do it without a little bit of help from his friends. John would like to thank his club Perfect Poise, his family, Russel at H13 Kustoms, Tony at Noise Audio, AEM, Trenz, and Bill at Bonspeed. A lot of people doubted that John would ever get this truck done, but the important thing was that he never did.

Two tone, black, silver, Chevy, flamed

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