Tuxedo Black

December 2nd, 2009

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The crew over at Chaotic Rods & Customs has long been known for wild body mods and colorful paint schemes that pop in the hot Texas sun. But when owner Mike Jones looked to build his next personal truck, a brand-new ’07 Chevy Silverado, he sought to change things up a bit and opted for a cleaner look.

A Caddy-Clipped Silverado Dripped in Class and Power

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Owner
Mike Jones
2007 Chevrolet Silverado
Conroe, TX
Chaotic Rods & Customs

The crew over at Chaotic Rods & Customs has long been known for wild body mods and colorful paint schemes that pop in the hot Texas sun. But when owner Mike Jones looked to build his next personal truck, a brand-new ’07 Chevy Silverado, he sought to change things up a bit and opted for a cleaner look. Mike has always been involved in hot rod and truck builds since a very young age. His father and grandfather have been well known in the industry as a painter and builder respectively. Mike has never held any occupation other than painter and builder. He chopped his first top shortly after getting his driver’s license at 16. He started up the shop, Chaotic Rods & Customs, back in 1997. Since then, it has grown from a single-bay shop to a 10,000 sq.-ft. facility, tackling every aspect of customization, including metal fabrication, bodywork, and custom paint and airbrushing, and full suspension jobs.

The brand-new extended cab, short bed Bow Tie was picked up and slammed on the ground right away, thanks to a 2-link setup and Slam Specialties airbags. The fresh sheet metal was now tucking a staggered set of 22- and 24-inch Intro Twisted Vista wheels for that modern age hot rod look. Out back the 24s measured 12 inches wide with plenty of lip. In order to tuck the massive billets, the rearend was narrowed 8 inches and outfitted with 4:10 gears and Moser axles. Shooting for the highest in luxury styling, a full ’07 Escalade front clip including fenders, core support, grille, bumper, and hood were grafted onto the short-bed Silverado. The truck was shaved smooth as is standard fare at Chaotic Rods & Customs. But that wasn’t the end of the bodywork by any means. The back of the truck was the next step, and Mike mixed up a cocktail of hot rod, sports car and luxury SUV styling to finish off the job. The tailgate was shaved smooth before a Mercury Montego license plate pocket was frenched into it. Further south a custom, one-off roll pan was made with a set of rolled dual exhaust ports to get the added horsepower from the motor upgrades out of the truck cleanly.

The factory LS-1 motor was torn into by Paylock Performance out of Tomball, Texas, with the goal of putting out over 400 HP without looking to power adders for the job. The internals were upgraded with a custom-ground camshaft from Paylock Performance before the top end was replaced with high-end performance components. The PRC Stage 2.5 CNC-ported heads were fitted with chrom-moly 7.40 pushrods and .660 double springs with titanium retainers. With all of the internal upgrades buttoned up, a Yank 3200 stall converter was installed. A custom air intake was fabricated to push in all of the cold air that the souped-up motor needs. A pair of JBA stainless steel headers and a full Flowmaster system, including a catalytic converter and muffler, were bolted onto the custom exhaust pipes to expel the gases during tire-roasting burnouts.

When it came time to put the Chevy truck in the spray booth, Mike brainstormed and sketched out a few ideas for the paint scheme. He wanted to take the path less traveled and sprayed the truck with a set of clean graphics filled with subtle silver and pewter tuxedo-style pinstriping over a black basecoat. This scheme was continued inside the luxurious interior on the smoothed dashboard and door panels. Bug’s Bunny House of Thread in Houston cut down the bucket seats before triple stitching them in black and gray two-tone leather. An organically flowing center console splitting the two buckets was built to house a JL Audio W6 10-inch subwoofer and an air gauge. MB Quart component speakers are housed in custom fiberglassed door pods. The high-end stereo is powered by two Diamond Audio amplifiers and a Clarion touch-screen head unit.

Mike drives his high-class Silverado daily and hits the shows hard to showcase his shop’s work. He would like to thank everyone at the shop who helped out on the build, including Chris Caldwell, Rocky Fox, Justin Merryman, and Sam Henkels. Together, the crew at Chaotic Rods & Customs has created an innovative truck showcasing the highest in class and luxury.

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Known for innovative bodywork, the crew at Chaotic Rods & Customs molded in a Mercury Montego license plate box and hand-fabricated a custom roll pan with custom exhaust ports.
The motor might seem unassuming with the only customized parts visible being the intake and painted engine covers, but it’s an internal powerhouse. Putting out over 400 HP, the motor was built up by Paylock Performance of Tomball, TX.
A custom, flowing center console was built to house a JL W6 10-inch subwoofer. The tuxedo-style pinstriping from the outside of the truck was replicated across the interior.
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