Although it must have been the farthest thing from anyone’s mind when the first pickup trucks were hewn out of Model T Fords, there’s been a long tradition of sprucing-and sporting-up this most utilitarian of vehicles. On several occasions, Detroit has even introduced models that were so fashionable it was hard to tell whether they wanted to be a truck, or a car. There’s no such problem with this 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup as reimagined by Boyds son, Boyd Coddington Jr. It’s all truck-but its subtle, sleek, and uncluttered lines, along with a massive upgrade in power and performance and old skool custom Chevy Silverado practically screams hot rod.
Then it comes to exterior modifications, this truck is proof that a little can go a long way. A quick glance reveals that it’s a world away from a stock Silverado, but also raises the question: Just what did Boyd Jr. do? The sheet metal wasn’t put through any contortions, and there aren’t any body part transplants from other marques. But then the clever nuances show themselves. The handles have been cleaned away from the doors and tailgate; the ‘gate opens instead via a concealed inside latch. The bedpost holes have vanished, and so has the stock beltline molding. The rear fenders look as if no one had ever even thought of taillights-the big red plastic blotches are gone, replaced with a string of discreet LEDs that run nearly the entire length of the body seam between the ‘gate and the custom Sir Michaels roll pan. The LEDs also serve the brake light function. Up at the other end, a handsome, hefty billet grille insert reminds the world that this is still a Chevrolet.
The hood and the upper portion of the Silverado’s cab wear a sedate stock Chevy charcoal gray, but it’s balanced by a translucent DuPont lime green along the flanks and tailgate. The old leaf pin striping was the work of Dennis Ricklefs. To get the big truck out of its own way in a hurry, Boyd Jr. gave the 285-hp-rated stock Chevy 5.3 liter Vortec a personality transplant in the form of a Whipple twin-screw supercharger, jumping the output to 400 horses. Road manners for all that power come via a suspension system from Sleeper Suspension Development, incorporating a Bell Tech front spindle and custom A-Arm. The adjustable Panhard rod rear suspension, with coilover A-1 shocks, allows the driver to compensate for fore-and-aft weight distribution, something the factory boys didn’t need to think about when they designed a tamer truck. The whole package sits on a set of 18-inch Boyd Coddington wheels, carrying Goodyear 40-series F-1 tires. There’s no mistaking that this is a Lime Crusher.
Sport Truck Specs:
- BODY: 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck
- CHASSIS: Modified stock
- ENGINE: 5.3 liter Chevrolet Vortec, supercharged,
- 400 hp
- WHEELS: Boyd Wheels, One Off custom; 18″ front and rear; Goodyear 40-series F-1 tires
- BRAKES: 4-wheel disc