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2004 Chevy Silverado - I Like It Dirty

Posted in Features on September 2, 2014
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This 2004 Chevy Silverado rolls around on 2½-ton Rockwell axles. Jimmy Faucett out of West Palm Beach, Florida, had this rig built in a little under three months with the help of friends. A fully welded subframe was fabricated for strength, and a four-link suspension coupled with 16-inch Kings shocks takes the impact when he’s off-road. SCS gearbox built Jimmy a nearly unbreakable 12-inch drop transfer case so the driveshaft angle is minimal. Other drivetrain modifications include converting the factory gearbox to a 2WD configuration, Ouverson 2-inch Violator axleshafts, a spool locker in the rear, and an eight-piston driveline caliper brake from Plan B Fab. One of the most unique features on Jimmy’s Chevy is the four-wheel hydraulic steering kit from PSC Motorsports.

Jimmy knew that the factory-installed 6.6L Duramax diesel in the 2004 Chevy Silverado had the power to turn the 30-inch wheels, but if he could get more, he wanted more. That’s when having a good buddy like Adam Pela from Pela Motorsports in Jupiter, Florida, comes in handy. Adam was able to perform a few useful modification right from his laptop, including an EGR delete, EFI Live programming, and a custom engine and transmission tune. This helped realign the shift points now that it is a mega truck and no longer street-legal. While Adam had the truck, he added a bigger downpipe and a 5-inch exhaust stack that pours out black smoke when Jimmy flips the switch.

This 2004 Chevy Silverado is definitely a rig built for a good time. The owner drives it like he stole it. If someone says there’s a deep hole in the back of the park, you can bet that Jimmy is either tearing through it or buried up to his windows in it. This rig has cold A/C and power windows, and it will run all weekend on around $40 in gas.

2004 Chevy Silverado
Owner: Jimmy Faucett
Engine: 6.6L Duramax Diesel
Transmission: Allison 1000 with a Suncoast torque converter
Transfer case: SCS gearbox 12-inch drop
Suspension: 4-link
Axles: 2½-ton Rockwell
Shocks: 16-inch Kings Shocks
Wheels: 30-inch custom built
Tires: BKT 16.9x30

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