At 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Tahua laid down the first coat of House of Kolor Sunset Orange Pearl with his spray gun. At 2:30 p.m. that same day, the guys began reassembling the truck so that it could be wet-sanded and polished. Customer-owned vehicles were put on the backburner finally so that the gang could focus on the task at hand. They had a higher purpose and it was getting Pancho Tequilas ready to drop jaws in less than 14 hours. They had a date with destiny and it was rollin' into the Fresno Fairgrounds to show the locals what five talented guys and a ton of motivation could accomplish.
When the brilliant orange Chevy rolled in the gates of the show, we noticed that it was freshly finished. The guys looked weary and were still wiping polishing compound out of all the crevices. We thought they had simply sprayed a new paintjob on the truck at the last minute. Imagine our surprise when Tahua's brother Martin explained the events of the past four days to us. Since the shoot, the wheels have changed and Tahua has put the finishing touches on the truck. Still, in its current form this is a clean ride that came from nothing in a very short amount of time. Television hook-up shows have nothing on these guys.
Stock 4.8L LS1 V-8 / 4L65-E electronic overdrive tranny
By: General Motors
Front & Rear: 22x9 U2 65B with 13mm offset
Front & Rear: 265/35R22 Pirelli Pzero
Front: McGaughey's 2-inch drop spindles / Monroe shocks / Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags
Rear: Custom triangulated four-link with adjustable bushing ends / Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags / Monroe shocks
Accessories: Two Viair 380C compressors / five-gallon reserve air tank / 3/8-inch AVS valves / 3/8-inch air lines
Chassis: Step-notched framerails
By: Dinuba Collision in Dinuba, California
'08 Cadillac Escalade front clip swap / Pontiac Grand Prix door handles / shaved third brake light, taillights, tailgate, fuel filler door, bed rails, and drip rails / LED taillights
By: Dinuba Collision
House of Kolor Sunset Orange Pearl
By: Dinuba Collision / Skip (pinstriping)
Custom-painted interior panels / seats reupholstered in suede and vinyl
By: Mr. Gary of Ace Upholstery, Dinuba, California / Dinuba Collision
"Thanks to all my soldiers, Tony Covarrubias, 'Speedy' Noah Rios, Israel Moreno, Raul Pena, The Choppin' Block, and the families of the crew. I especially want to thank my wife Maricela for puttin' up with me."