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1998 Chevy Silverado - Tactical To Practical

Gary Blount | Writer
Posted November 1, 2004

'98 Chevy Night Hawk

The amount of zeal you put into the things you love in life will have a large amount of influence on the success of that passion. Building a prerunner to assault the rough desert terrain can definitely put your best skills to the test. Some of the technology developed in desert racing has been implemented on the military vehicles that help keep this nation a free and peaceful place. The quest to keep our borders open to immigrants and still provide a protective blanket over this glorious nation has made us the superpower we are today. We don't live in a dream world, where animosity-free living is a reality. Keeping America safe puts our technical abilities to the test when it comes to using cutting-edge methods of keeping us free from harm.

Being able to address a threat with the best defense machines is essential in having an edge over your adversaries. Some of this technology comes straight from the heart of pushing our abilities on the racetrack. Just ask Jeff Darland of Peoria, Arizona. His '98 Chevy Silverado is just what America allows the free mind to accomplish when it's spent doing something constructive. Jeff's prerunner is equipped with an arsenal of suspension modifications, a fully caged frame, plenty of power, navigation tools, and safety equipment, making it prerun-ready come D-Day. The 4340 chrome-moly tubing stretches from front to back, replacing the stock frame and providing enough strength to handle rough-terrain trashing. Geiser Bros. in Phoenix scratch-built the long-travel A-arm truck with an impressive 26 inches of front-wheel travel. Massive lower links provide plenty of punish-proof prerunning. The rear four-link has a total 33 inches of usable travel, and the whole truck is equipped with a 3-inch bypass damper and 3-inch coilover, with remote reservoirs on each corner. Robby Gordon 17x8-inch rims are equipped with a set of 37-inch BFG Baja T/A KRs, making the truck rough-country-ready.

Getting the rolling stock to stop the desert 'runner is handled via a set of 14-inch rotors and CNC-machined billet six-piston calipers. Wick Racing in Las Vegas built the truck's 403ci small-block engine, which gets the hauler up to speed. The 525 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque coupled to the 4L80E transmission set up the prerunner to attack with ferocity. Jet-Hot's thermal ceramic coating covers the fenderwell exit headers. Flowmaster mufflers and 3-inch tubing take the exhaust from the engine to a bedside exit. A 75-gallon Fuel Safe fuel cell holds plenty of VP race fuel for the long hauls.

With a desired wheelbase in mind, the rear portion of the cab was notched to slide the back axle and fenders forward by 4 inches. A Glass hood and fenders cover the awesome tube work, custom suspension, and big King shocks that give the beast its abilities. Geiser Bros. wiped out the custom front and rear prerunner bumpers to match the framework. A Line-X coating covers the the firewall, floor pan, and lower section of the cab to prevent rock damage from the high-speed hauling. Jerry French and Dwayne Majewski fabbed the cab to fit the new bed location. The duo also fit all the fiberglass to the tube work, and House of Kolor's pigment was shot over the prerunner's sleek body lines.

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