As much as we would like to say some people were born with a wrench in their hands, this is just not the case. We all get started in the custom industry because of someone's influence. A dad, a brother, a friend, and heck, even someone on TV can take a young kid and turn them into a grease monkey. In the case of Bryan Reitz from Woodlands, Texas, his father is responsible. Ray Reitz has been known to do some bodywork and build custom rides, and he has passed that knowledge down to his son.

Bryan, at the ripe age of 15, bought an '02 Silverado with high hopes of making it his dream truck. The truck went through the typical custom timeline, getting a static drop and some mild paintwork before becoming the all-out ride you see here. Bryan did all of the shaving and sheetmetal work with the guidance of his dad, getting it nice and smooth before taking the truck to get painted. Bryan decided to have Kustom Werx spray the truck, while Pat Maxwell was pulled out of the bullpen to design the graphics. Not only was the outside painted in the Tangelo Orange and Sparkle Silver hues, but the interior panels, engine pieces, and frame also got a few coats.

To get the suspension on par with the exterior, Bryan hooked up with the crew at Ekstensive Metalworks to fabricate the 'bag system to lay the truck over the 22-inch wheels. They used a two-link out back and a 'bag up front to get it low, and two huge tanks of CO2 are on tap for plenty of up and down fun. The big bottles are hidden under the smooth tonneau in the fully smoothed bed. Instead of the standard black or even one-color bedliner, Steve Spoon at A-Affordable Bedliner matched the graphics when he sprayed the liner.

Inside the truck you will find the stock bucket seats wrapped in ostrich leather, surrounded by a custom console and speaker box that Bryan built himself. The trimmers at Advanced Auto Trim also covered the headliner in the same ostrich they used on the seats. The system that Bryan put in is just as impressive as the rest of the truck with almost 1,500 watts of audio muscle. If you are tired of just listening to tunes, there are two screens fitted in the headrests and a 10-1/2-inch screen molded in the dash.

Under the hood of the truck shows just as well as the exterior with a slue of painted pieces and even a painted firewall. The fenderwells had to be removed to clear the tires when the suspension is dumped, but Bryan keeps the compartment cleaner than most of us ever will. He also installed a set of Hooker headers and a K&N intake to pump up the ponies, and a MagnaFlow exhaust lets it all breathe with a nice growl.

Future modifications include a bigger set of wheels and a body drop, but even without that stuff, Bryan's truck is pretty damn cool. We are glad Bryan's old man passed along the knowledge, sparking the gearhead inside, because his truck is very nice, and we think it's Bryan's time to shine.

THE 411

Owner/hometown:
Bryan Reitz / Woodlands, Texas

Year/make/model:
'02 Chevrolet Silverado

Engine/drivetrain:
5.3L Vortec V-8 / 4L65E transmission / Hooker headers / MagnaFlow exhaust / K&N Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK)
By: Ray Reitz

Rims:
Front & Rear: 22-inch MB Motoring Yuma

Tires:
Front & Rear: P255/30ZR22 Nitto 555

Suspension:
Front: 3-inch Belltech drop spindles with Firestone 224C air springs
Rear: Two-link setup with Firestone 224C air springs
Accessories: Copper tubing / two huge CO2 bottles
Chassis: Bridge notch
By: Ekstensive Metalworks, in Houston

Body Mods:
Shaved door handles, tailgate handle, gas door, and stake pocket holes / smoothed bed and tailgate / gas-filler door relocated inside the bed / '03 Silverado taillights / color-and graphic-matched bedliner / SnugTop tonneau cover with linear actuators
By: Ray and Bryan Reitz / A-Affordable Bedliner

Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Tangelo Orange and True Blue / PPG Sparkle Silver and a custom-mixed green / green, blue, and orange pinstriping / painted cowl and wiper arms
By: Kustom Werx, in Conroe, Texas / Graphics by Maxwell Designs

Interior:
Stock seats covered in brown ostrich / painted dash and door panels / custom center console with head unit, four speakers, and A/C controls in it / brown carpet / flamed brown ostrich headliner / Billet Accessories Direct Rock Star steering wheel
By: Advanced Auto Trim / Bryan Reitz

Audio/Video:
Power Acoustik 45-watt by four-channel head unit / six Power Bass mids, powered by a 840-watt SPL amp / four 12-inch Cerwin-Vega subs, powered by two 1,800-watt SPL amps in a custom fiberglass box / Stinger wiring / Power Acoustik 10.5-inch dash screen and two 7-inch screens in the headrests
By: Custom box by Bryan Reitz / the rest by A-Affordable Bedliner

Club:
None

Special Thanks:
Kustom Werx, Maxwell Designs, Ekstensive Metalworks, Advanced Auto Trim, Steve Spoon at A-Affordable Bedliner, and his dad, Ray Reitz.

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