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Body Surfer – Tackling the Tarmac in a Body Draggin’ Bowtie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tackling the Tarmac in a Body Draggin’ Bowtie the pulse of the industry. Where I am going with this is simple. In the magazine business you can be a hero with your readers one month and a zero the next, depending upon your ability to identify and supply them with great content. The StreetTrucks editors strive to achieve a balance of those three items with our recipe for each month. On the other hand, we like to lead, not follow the custom truck trends, unless you go old-school, which is once again popular. It still takes vision to recognize timing and Courtney, Brian, Mike, and yours truly have become pretty damn good at it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2297″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We like to stay ahead of the competition. So I jumped at the opportunity to review a recent SEMA report on this very subject. A survey of truck owners revealed some interesting results about previously installed factory or dealer products. What would you think to be the number one product on this list? How about a heavy-duty trailer hitch? Bet you were wrong, too![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The hitch was followed in order by nearly everyone whom I asked was planning to spend $4,500 or more this year on their trucks. Anymore, that’s a set of wheels and tires. But, number one on my survey was making out in the back seat of a truck with a model, more serious note, custom wheels and tires topped the list, followed by heavy suspension modifications with many listing airbags specifically. Not well as the ever-popular widow tint and it was no surprise that an alarm systems top the list as well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2295″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2293″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A truck that sits flat on the ground and stuffs huge wheels is priority one in most enthusiasts’ minds. Of course, fit and finish are also important ingredients in the customizing recipe, and when an all-out body dragging stance and top quality fabrication and finish work are teamed together a homerun ride usually results. Adam Brown of England, Arkansas, owns Browns Rides where he specializes in putting customers’ trucks on the ground to pay the bills. Talk about getting paid to do something you love! However, like most custom vehicle builders Adam found himself spending all of his time going crazy on everyone else’s trucks and decided to truly live the enthusiast’s lifestyle he needed to roll up to the shop in something insanely modified. For just under a year, when the 5 p.m. whistle would blow at Brown’s, the boss would lock the doors and hibernate with a welder in hand to craft the slammed stunner laid out before you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2292″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2298″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2299″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Most fanatics strive to own a truck that sits flat on the ground and stuffs huge wheels. Of course, fit and finish are also important ingredients in the customizing recipe, and when an all-out body dragging stance and top quality fabrication and finish work are teamed together a homerun ride usually results. Adam Brown of England, Arkansas, owns Browns Rides where he specializes in putting customers’ trucks on the ground to pay the bills. Talk about getting paid to do something you love! However, like most custom vehicle builders Adam found himself spending all of his time going crazy on everyone else’s trucks and decided to truly live the enthusiast’s lifestyle he needed to roll up to the shop in something insanely modified. For just under a year, when the 5 p.m. whistle would blow at Brown’s, the boss would lock the doors and hibernate with a welder in hand to craft the slammed stunner laid out before you[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The project’s humble beginnings included a bone stock ’92 Chevy standard cab that was just begging to be cut up and hammered on the rockers. Since this truck was to be a display vehicle for Adam’s business, crafting a run-of-the-mill shop truck with ‘bags and big wheels was not an option. To get the most mileage out of the build-up and show off his insane fabrication skills Adam decided to go full throttle and build a truck that would get people talking. Up front things were kept pretty straightforward with a pair of Belltech 2-inch dropped spindles and Slam Specialties airbags to drop the nose. In the rear Adam decided to really flex his customizing muscles and swapped the stock 10-bolt for a ’05 Ford Explorer rear end complete with independent suspension. Slam Specialties air springs supply vital oxygen through 1/2-inch lines and valves to lift the truck up for cruising and slam it for show presence. Capping off the intense drop job is 22 x 10-inch Panther chrome rollers wrapped in Hankook P265/35ZR22 low profile rubber bands from Vernon’s Tire Shop. After the sparks stopped flowing from the welder Adam dropped the truck off the jack and proceeded to hammer the switches. It successfully laid frame but for this merchant of mania laying rail just wasn’t good enough. With Sawz-all in hand, Adam body dropped the truck to the tune of 3 inches and achieved victory with the sweet sound of the rockers touching down on the shop floor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2294″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Now that the body surfer was successfully hanging ten on the pavement it needed a little mechanical attention to ensure Adam would enjoy many miles of trouble-free cruising and dragging. The factory throttle body injected 350 was tuned with a set of Accel plug wires, plugs, coil, distributor cap, and rotor for smoother running order. A 2.5-inch Flowmaster exhaust system capped with a Flowmaster Delta Flow 40-series muffler provides mild power accompanied by a wicked rumble. The engine was not only given a mild performance boost but was dressed to the nines with paint, chrome and braided hoses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2300″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Within the custom show truck scene a hammered stance and a big set of wheels and tires is not enough to turn heads and drop jaws. To really knock peoples’ socks off slick bodywork and trick paint are key elements to the success of any low rolling masterpiece. With that in mind Adam removed the stock front end and swapped in a Cadillac Escalade clip for a smooth update. A GMC Denali bumper was favored over the Escalade unit for driveway clearance, and with the clip swap complete, Adam got down on the body with a bunch of cutting, trimming and shaving. Now absent from the factory exterior make-up are the door handles, gas door, stake pockets, antenna, cab seams, cargo light, taillights, and upper body line. Adam welded up the tail end with a custom tailgate and roll pan combination skin and blessed the back end with a pair of Cadillac taillights. The bowtie’s factory side mirrors were ditched, and their mounting holes were welded up to match the seamless theme. Billet motorcycle mirrors were worked into the mix to accent the exterior ambience. A bit of smooth class was flowed into the bed as well with smoothed inner walls for the rich paint scheme to drip over. With the truck’s exterior boldly redefined Adam mixed up PPG cobalt blue and French blue hues and executed a simple and classy two-tone separated by a subtle white pinstripe. Several coats of PPG clear followed, and after a cut and buff, Body Surfer was well on its way to becoming an impressive show-stopper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Within the custom show truck scene a hammered stance and a big set of wheels and tires is not enough to turn heads and drop jaws. To really knock peoples’ socks off slick bodywork and trick paint are key elements to the success of any low rolling masterpiece. With that in mind Adam removed the stock front end and swapped in a Cadillac Escalade clip for a smooth update. A GMC Denali bumper was favored over the Escalade unit for driveway clearance, and with the clip swap complete, Adam got down on the body with a bunch of cutting, trimming and shaving. Now absent from the factory exterior make-up are the door handles, gas door, stake pockets, antenna, cab seams, cargo light, taillights, and upper body line. Adam welded up the tail end with a custom tailgate and roll pan combination skin and blessed the back end with a pair of Cadillac taillights. The bowtie’s factory side mirrors were ditched, and their mounting holes were welded up to match the seamless theme. Billet motorcycle mirrors were worked into the mix to accent the exterior ambience. A bit of smooth class was flowed into the bed as well with smoothed inner walls for the rich paint scheme to drip over. With the truck’s exterior boldly redefined Adam mixed up PPG cobalt blue and French blue hues and executed a simple and classy two-tone separated by a subtle white pinstripe. Several coats of PPG clear followed, and after a cut and buff, Body Surfer was well on its way to becoming an impressive show-stopper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]To achieve the desired shock factor, Adam decided to take things to the same wild and wacky level inside the cab and commissioned Buddy’s Custom Upholstery in Cabot, Arkansas, to stitch up some style for the cockpit. A duet of Honda Civic buckets was covered in cobalt blue and light blue leather to match the paint scheme and stuffed with a little extra foam for those long road trips. Adam didn’t stop there as the guts of this Chevy are loaded with style of the smoothed and painted variety. Smoothed and painted cab floor and door panels. A custom console was also built to flow between the seats, while a flamed billet steering wheel sits at the command post. Billet column dress up components surround the smoothed and painted steering column, while billet pedals add bling to the impressive painted cab floor.

 

Body Surfer is a pavement punishing example of what it takes to make tracks in today’s competitive show truck arena. Adam Brown nailed it with this asphalt altering beauty and would like to thank his wife Becca for her patience during the truck’s construction. Looks like business at Arkansas-based Brown’s Rides is about to start booming.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Build Specs:” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:justify|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20italic%3A600%3Aitalic” css_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Owner: Adam Brown
Truck: 1997 Chevy 1500
Location: England, Arkansas” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18|text_align:justify|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_single_image image=”2296″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]