This Silverado is Green With Envy

March 3rd, 2011

Text by Travis Noack

Photos by Jason Mulligan

Paul Dolgner 2004 Chevy Silverado La Verkin, UT Severed Ties

Every custom truck has a unique story behind its build. When setting your eyes on flawless bed-equipped beauty, laid flat out at a show, or stretched across the pages of your favorite truck magazine, it’s guaranteed there is a great story about how it got there. Paul Dolgner of La Verkin, Utah, has been addicted to custom trucks for the past 16 years, initially being influenced by his cousin Jared, who had a lowered S-10 when Paul was a youngster. Fast forward several years and three custom trucks, one S-10 Blazer and one Regal on hydros (we’ll pretend that didn’t happen) later, and Paul was itching for another custom truck. For the first three years the Silverado was in the Dolgner stable it served as a daily driver dropped on some custom rolling stock with a bit of stereo work. His wife at the time did not support his custom truck hobby, and after encouraging him to sell his last custom truck, surely she was not going to green light another build. Paul hung loose for a while, but the build itch was beginning to creep back up. After a divorce and a bad accident where the truck was rear-ended, Paul dug into the Silverado by shaving a few things and adding some graphics. His custom itch was satisfied for a while, but the bug to go full throttle bit again, luckily right around the time Paul met his wife Brittney, who inspired him to create his dream truck, backing him up 100 percent of the way.

The project was kicked into high gear when Paul and friend/co-worker Carson Ferrin dove into the frame modifications needed for the air ride suspension. An Ektensive Metalworks step notch and Ektensive front ‘bag mounts provide the structural work to get this Bow Tie down to earth. Up front Belltech dropped spindles, Ridetech upper control arms and Slam Specialties RE7 airbags put the nose in the weeds, while a powder-coated Ektensive 2-link and Slam Specialties RE7 airbags dump the Bow Tie’s rump. After ‘bagging the truck and getting it on the ‘rails, Paul started hanging with the Vegas chapter of Severed Ties and knew the Silverado was destined to be on its rockers. Tommy Harmen of Tommy Rocker in Las Vegas body dropped the truck 3.5 inches to get the body flat on the ground over 22 x 8.5-inch Lexani Onyx wheels mounted on Nexxan P255/30ZR22 low profile rubber. Cross-drilled and slotted rotors bring the double deuces to a smooth stop, while a Devious custom aluminum fuel tank feeds the factory 5.3L.

After the suspension and body drop were in check and Paul’s truck had a stance fit for a king, it was time to go crazy on the metal. Light touches were the first mods performed including a custom grille shell and insert, a Street Scene SS front bumper and a Sir Michaels roll pan. The door handles were shaved and the doors fit with AVS poppers, while Street Scene SS mirrors keep traffic in clear view. A shaved third brake light with AVS LED light under the surface shines brightly on the Snug Top tonneau capping the bed. Once the truck was arrow straight, Hendrickson Auto Body of Toquerville, Utah, based the metal in House of Kolor Lime Time Pearl with Ryan Evans of Kaotic Kustoms in Las Vegas completing the look with gold, silver, tan and green striping.

To finish the Silverado off in style Paul headed to Stitch Craft in St George, Utah, where Scott Tesch upholstered the seats in a custom blend of leather and suede. Graphite carpet makes a statement down below, and billet dash accents and a Nu Image gauge bezel provide bold highlights. A custom billet switch panel for the air ride made by Carson Ferrin resides in the overhead console and is filled with an AVS digital air gauge.

Paul built Sixth Sin with the help and support of his wife Brittney, who participated in picking up and dropping off parts throughout the build. He is quick to point out he could not have built the truck without the support and back-up she provided. Also on the list of thanks are Carson Ferrin and Mike Salerno, who helped Paul extensively throughout the build. The Severed Ties family, Doug Hendrickson and the crew from Hendrickson Auto Body, Allen and the crew from Advanced Sound and Performance and Paul at Air Zenith also deserve some praise for their efforts on this project. Last but not least, Paul thanks his father, and while he may not have agreed with Paul’s modifications to the truck, he never misses out on the chance to show it with him, taking pride in what his son has created. Paul will be passing the customizing torch on to his young son Carson (named after Carson Ferrin). At just a few years old, Carson is already grabbing the detailing rags and helping Paul prep for the shows. The Dolgner customizing legacy continues.

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