When you see a truck of this quality at a show, what immediately comes to mind is that the owner either paid a ton of money to have it built or he has to be a bodyman by trade. Mark's '89 Silverado is definitely an exception to the rule, and we bet you wouldn't peg him as the owner of this truck. He doesn't exactly fit the mold of the regular 20-somethin', 'bagged truck owner. He looks like someone's dad who tagged along to the show, but certainly not the truck owner. This dude is even a regular on many of the custom truck forums online. He's into the scene, and you'll know it when you talk to him. This 45-year-old grandpa of one fits right in. In fact, he started building his truck the same year his first grandchild was born.
In 2002, Mark started the hunt to find just the right truck. He knew he wanted a Chevy Silverado with a V-8 engine and a manual transmission. It took almost four months, and when he finally found the right truck, it was being sold by a local police officer who didn't want to sell it to some hooligans who were just going to cut it up. Well, Mark's outward appearance assured the officer that this truck would be in good hands. Wrong! As soon as Mark got it home, he yanked it apart.
The front clip was quickly replaced with a steel Escalade hood and fenders. Mark fabricated a hoodscoop, closed all of the webbing on the underside of the hood with sheetmetal for a smooth look, and added a No Limit Engineering forward-tilt hood kit. Mark even made his own smooth wiper cowl. Then, he turned his attention to creating the functional vents on the fenders. The door handles and taillights were shaved. New round lights were flush-mounted into the tailgate. The most striking feature on this truck has to be the tucked front bumper that was made from a sectioned and narrowed '02 GMC bumper. While all of this was happening, he was busy straightening every panel on the truck. It wasn't long before everything was ready for the DuPont Arrival Blue Pearl topcoat.
Mark knew that a truck of this quality had to sit flat on the ground, so he decided that a body drop was in order. All of the stock suspension was tossed in favor of an air-ride setup. The framerails and suspension pieces were painted a contrasting silver, some 20s were bolted up, a 383 stroker was added, and the chassis was ready to be mated with the sheetmetal. Inside the cab, the stock front seats were ditched for a pair of tweed- and vinyl-covered racing seats. The dash, center console, and door panels were smoothed and matched to the exterior of the truck. What isn't painted is covered in matching gray tweed and vinyl.
Mark isn't a professional bodyman, and he isn't a professional painter, either, but you'd never know it by the high-quality finish of his truck. Mark says that building your own truck is a great feeling, but he says he didn't just build a show-winning truck. He's built a community of friends while taking his truck to shows across the country.