Photos by John “Hangs with Bums” Jackson
Eye catching is usually used in reference to trucks with plenty of flash, and splashed in bright colors. However, in the case of Tim Donelson’s Silverado, dubbed “Color Blind” he went another direction completely, yet the truck still catches eyes at every sow. The body was kept entirely white inside and out, it was a risk, but one that Tim was willing to take. To make a bold statement, Tim knew that he would have to pull out a few tricks rarely seen before to make the truck stand out against a sea of flashy trucks in the Texas state. Once all was said and done, the truck hit the show circuit in force snagging Best Of trophies at every event it attended. Thankfully, the white color hides the drool that onlookers are sure to leave after examining all of the unique bodywork and cleanliness of the truck.
Upon purchasing the brand new Silverado, the first step was to get the crew cab body flat on the ground. A new frame utilizing Art Morrison mandrel bent rails was created by Tim and Zach Hammond. The rear end was outfitted with an Ekstensive Metalworks 2-link setup and Slam Specialties air bags. To keep cab space at a maximum; Daily Grind Fabrication built a 2-piece driveshaft for the truck. All of the wiring, brake lines and air lines were ran through the frame rails by Daily Grind Fabrication to start off the ultra sano look that would continue throughout the build. Up front, a custom set of control arms were crafted by Bill Carlton and the rest of the crew at Ekstensive Metalworks. It was then that the truck would receive is most radical, unique and noticeable custom touch thanks to the talented hands of metal guru Bob Grant of Grant Kustoms.
Tim flew Bob Grant into Houston prior to last year’s Tex Mex show and the two set about grafting the pillars, latches and jambs from a donor extended cab truck to accomplish a set of rear suicide doors, dubbed “Danger Doors” that function like factory units. This swap was accomplished over a period of several days and allowed the center pillar to be completely removed from the cab allowing the interior plenty of breathing room and an unmolested view of the custom stereo and interior that was planned. Tim whipped up a massive fiberglass subwoofer enclosure housing six 15-inch JBL subwoofers that is powered by Rockford Fosgate 2000/1 and 800/1 amplifiers mounted on the rear danger doors. The front doors were outfitted with 32-inch Panasonic HDTV screens. The factory dash was gutted and a custom dash featuring JL audio component speakers, and Pioneer head unit was fabricated. Sound Advice wired up the massive audio/video system. Sandwiched in between all of this is a pair of aluminum and riveted Hand Made Seat Co. bomber seats tucked in grey suede by Advanced Auto Trim. The seats are on custom risers mounted to the sheet metal smoothed and painted floor.
The rest of the body was shaved and trimmed up with a Grant Kustoms combo skin that hides the custom 12-gallon Ekstensive Metalworks fuel cell. The inside of the bed was smoothed out and instead of welding up wheel tubs to cover up the massive 26-inch Giovanna Pegg wheels; a pair of Silverado bedsides were flipped and matched up for a clean and unique look. The body was blocked straight and smoothed out by Jacob at Auto Lab and Alamo Customs where Lupe sprayed the crew cab white. Under the hood, Tim went classic street rod and rather than attempting to dress up and improve the factory 5.3; the entire LS-based engine and wiring was gutted and replaced by a built small block Chevrolet 383 engine. The Edelbrock Endurashine carbureted motor was dressed up with plenty of chrome and polished billet accessories including Billet Specialties valve covers, pulleys, brackets and air cleaner. Anderson headers and a Flowmaster exhaust for added power. Everything is powered by Kinetik power cells.
Once the truck was completed, it garnered plenty of attention at the shows, not because of a loud paint job or flashy exterior; but because of the attention to detail, clean work and the unique tricks accomplished by Bob Grant, Ekstensive Metalworks, Tim, Zach and Alamo Customs.