When you work in the Automotive Publishing Industry as a
Photographer, Writer, Editor or in any other capacity, it's very difficult to leave your personal vehicle stock for an extended period of time. After all, day in and day out, you see the newest trends on some of the coolest vehicles being worked on in shops all over the world. Jason Mulligan from Anaheim Hills, California works at Street Trucks Magazine, travels all over the country to shoot photos at car shows and they feature some of the best trucks ever built. His 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, Nicknamed Greystone, originally was sought out as a brand new vehicle to be his under-warranty workhorse while his other truck was being customized into a full show truck. That full warranty didn't last long as Jason didn't leave his truck stock for much time after he picked it up. After a bit of thought, Jason decided to make it a very functional daily driver but still set it apart from all the other pickups he comes in contact with in the various parking lots around SoCal.
The first step was changing the stance and making it a little easier to step into at the same time. Jason picked up a McGaughys 2-inch front, 5-inch rear drop kit which includes a drop spindle up front and a flip kit with Firestone helper ‘bags for the rear. Filling up the wheel wells is a set of 24 x 9.5-inch V31 Allusion wheels in semi-gloss black with Falken S/TZ04 295/35R24 tires to achieve an aggressive performance look.
As a daily-driven truck, tossing the door handles an smoothing the holes was never an option for Jason so with some help from Le Phong, the door handles were replaced with color-matched Suburban handles. The truck was dropped off at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California so that Theresa and her crew could get down to business. The front end was pulled apart, the grille shell was painted then fitted with a Grillcraft MX Series mesh insert. A Street Scene EQ Gen 1 bumper cover from Stylin’ Trucks was installed and the The headlights had were upgraded with ElectroSport HID lights before they were lightly smoked to darken them. In the rear of the Silverado, the chrome bumper was sandblasted to prepare it for color-matched paint. The red factory taillight lenses were replaced with some smoked LED taillights from RECON Accessories. to top off the crew cab's bed, a Gaylord’s tonneau cover was installed over the bed that had been sprayed with Vortex bed liner. The truck was ready to be painted so L&G rolled in into the paint booth and made ready for a luxury monochromatic look. The top end of the two tone paint scheme is a base of Lexus Smoky Granite Mica to match the stock GM Greystone Metallic paint on the bottom half. The BASF R-M colors were mixed and sprayed to make way for the graphic that Theresa laid down. A combination of the two colors from BASF R-M was used in conjunction with black and silver for the graphic that features shadowing, a brushed aluminum effect and flat, clear finish to set it apart from the standard two-tones of the world. The graphic was also added near the rear tailgate.
To flow the new luxury-inspired exterior styling into the cab of the daily driver, some graphite suede, gray leather and granite leather seat covers from Pecca Leather were installed after the armrests were filled. Jason then enlisted Adam at Extreme Audio & Kustoms in Riverside, California to create custom speaker pods in the doors to house three sets of Pioneer Electronics 6.75-inch TS-D1720C component speakers powered by an 800-watt Pioneer GM-D9500F four-channel amplifier. Under the rear seats are a couple small enclosures each with a 10-inch Pioneer TS-SW2501S4 shallow subwoofer powered by a 1,200-watt Pioneer GM-D8500M amplifier. The job wasn't complete without the coolest addition of them all. A custom-made iPad dock in the center console runs through the Pioneer AVH-P42000DVD head unit. Sending power all of the audio gear is a Kinetik HC1800 power cell wired to a Powermaster high output alternator with a Painless Wiring high output alternator kit. A Grant Products Revolution steering wheel was installed which allowed the Silverado's the factory airbag intact. To protect the interior from harmful UV Rays, HOT Motorsports laid down some tint on the windows to darken them and protect all of the gear inside.
In the spirit of putting touches into every facet of the vehicle, Jason had a set of tri-piston SSBC brakes installed along with a rear-disc brake conversion at GOEZ Customs in Anaheim, California. A Magnuson Products TVS Supercharger was bolted in over the 5.3L Vortech engine. Then. a Snow Performance water/methanol injection kit was added to allow the Magnuson supercharger to put out 9.7 psi of boost and make 400 hp to the rear wheels. Breathing was made easier with a Bassani Exhaust and Cold Air Intake.