Article and Photography by:
Bryan Fross
Model: Dany

 In August 2008, Nica Tirla, had an idea for a new Standard Cab Silverado project that he wanted to build. His friend Mike Ungles was working for Street Scene Equipment at the time and together they decided to build the project. So they went by the Local Dealership and placed a special order for the base of the project. The 2008 Chevy Silverado arrived in the middle of September and went straight to Hot Motorsports with only 20 miles driven on it. The truck was then stripped down in order to meet the October 30th deadline for the SEMA Show 2008. When they designed this project they wanted to only use parts that were available off the shelf from manufacturers in the industry. This truck uses mainly bolt-on parts that could be easily installed by anyone with several tools and some time.

   The first step at Hot Motorsports was to get the truck to a much lower stance while still being able to accommodate big wheels. Brian and Joe at Hot Motorsports got to work installing a KP Components Cantilever 6-link in the rear and Slam Specialties Bolt-on air bag setup with RE7 air bags in front. The only item welded on this truck is the step notch that was added for axle clearance in the rear. A Dakota Digital Auto Ride Digital Pressure Gauge monitors the airflow from the dual ViAir compressors, 5-gallon tank, and GC Valves Manifold. After all of that was completed a set of Fesler FS 902 wheels was bolted up. These black wheels with red striping are 22x9-inch in the front with Yokohama Advan 285/35/22 tires while the rear received 24x10-inch wheels with Yokohama Advan 295/35/24 tires.

   The factory red exterior of this standard cab was next on the agenda for Hot Motorsports to extensively upgrade from its plain stock appearance. Mike picked up some parts from Street Scene that would be the bulk of the changes for the trucks outward look. the front end was pulled apart and updated to Black Chrome Speed Grilles and an SS Front Bumper Cover. The front was further modified with a Street Scene Hood Scoop and Cal Vu Sport Mirrors with Turn signals. The rear was modified with a Street Scene Roll Pan and and a Leer 800 Tonneau Cover. To accent the truck a set of Side Skirts were installed along with a BF Xenon HID Kit and Varad LED Underglows. Black racing stripes were added as well using DuPont Hot Hues Paint.

   While the body and suspension were being worked on, Mike acquired the items he needed to get the cab of this Chevy to a much cooler version than it currently was. Brian and Joe at Hot Motorsports got inside the truck and started working to make it as custom as the rest of Nica's truck. The seats were re-covered with Katzkin Seat Covers in black leather with black suede inserts and red stitching. A custom center console with subwoofer enclosure was built in between the bucket seats. The dashboard was the recipient of a custom wood grain styling kit made by  My Auto Extras. The headliner was re-covered in black suede. The audio comes from an Alpine in-dash touch screen DVD player playing tunes through two pairs of 6.5-inch Kicker component speakers, one pair of 4x6-inch Kicker midrange speakers, and a 10-inch 5000 watt Kicker Solo-x Subwoofer. The amplifiers are installed behind the seats and include a 2500 watt Kicker mono amplifier as well as an 800 watt Kicker 4-channel amplifier. Two Kinetik Audio HC 2000 Power Cells give this beast all the power it needs to run the stereo long and loud.

   This truck would not serve it's styling cues appropriately if it didn't have some power under the hood. The factory 5.3L V8 now easily makes over 500 horsepower with a Procharger Supercharger, Gibson Headers, Gibson Exhaust, 4.10 Gears, and an Auburn electronic locking differential.

   Mike would like to thank everyone that was involved in the build and support. His girlfriend Danielle for dealing with him being busy during the build, the owner Nica for giving him the opportunity, and ALL the guys at Hot Motorsports especially Joe and Brian for all the long hours and design ideas. He would also like to thank his 4-year mentor Mike Spagnola at Street Scene Equipment for the inspiration, Erik Harbour from Kinetik Audio, Clint From Kp Components, and all of the sponsors that were involved in the project.