A Father and Son Journey
It’s a father’s dream to pass some of his youthful experiences on to his son. Fathers also want to work beside their sons, whether it’s staying up late to finish a homework project or working together in the garage busting knuckles and spinning wrenches on a mechanical dream. It’s all about bonding father and son bonding and creating cherished memories.
Joseph Cormier, a mechanic from Broussard, Louisiana, has been in the custom truck scene for the past 18 years. His previous build was a ’93 Chevy extended cab, named Costly Obsession. His son Logan was exposed to the custom car and truck scene when he was knee high to a laid out front bumper. And since they shared a love of all things custom, they decided to team up and do a father-son project.
Joseph decided to donate his work truck, an ’06 Chevy Silverado King Cab for the project. The pair began the project when Logan was 13 years old. (He’s 15 now). The original red truck was delivered to a longtime friend, Corey Scott at Kustom Werx in Conroe, Texas, who performed all of the body mods. He shaved the doors and tailgate handles, plugged the bed rail pockets, and then welded and molded in the rear roll pan.
With the body mods finished, Joseph and Logan loaded the truck onto the trailer and rolled it off to Ekstensive Metalworks. There Bill Carlton and his crew attacked the frame and suspension mods. The work they did curtailed step notching the rear frame rails, which allowed the narrowed rearend clearance during the vertical suspension travel. Because the rear frame rails were step-notched, the rear wheel tubs were replaced with Ekstensive tubs. The bed floor was cut and stepped to allow the frame rails ample clearance. The Ekstensive rear 2-link bars make it so the suspension can oscillate vertically, while the Ekstensive panhard bar eliminates any rearend lateral movement. Vertical travel is controlled by Firestone airbags and Nissan Hard Body gas-filled shocks.
Bill and the boys at Ekstensive also modified the front suspension. They used the factory front spindles, sandwiched between a set of Ekstensive dropped upper and lower control arms. A pair of Firestone pneumatic ‘bags and Nissan Hard Body gas shocks were installed. The ‘bags were tied into dual Viair compressors, manifold, valves and two 5-gallon air supply tanks. The factory front disc brakes provide ample stopping power up front. Logan’s ride rolled on a set of cool Budnik six-spoke 20-inch wheels encased in 295/35-24 Kumho rubber. The ‘bagged suspension is activated by a Viair switch panel.
After completing the frame and suspension, it was time for paint. The truck was delivered to Corey at Kustom Werx where it underwent some final body additions, including a sporty front SS bumper cover. Because part of the body was going to be painted black it was skimmed with body filler and block sanded straight and smooth then primed and block sanded again. The body was masked off in preparation for its two-tone black and red paint. To finish off and separate the hues, Pat Maxwell laid down a set of awesome over-under yellow, orange and black tribal flames, and then finished them off with blue and green pinstriping. The entire painted masterpiece was buried in numerous coats of clear. After curing, the clear was cut, buffed and polished to enhance the brilliant colors.
Under the hood is a bone-stock factory 4.3L/262-ci Vortec V-6 engine with a TBI throttle body fuel-injection system to maintain nourishment for the 195-hp-producing beast. The throttle body air cleaner tube was paint body-matching red. A factory exhaust exits burnt gasses, and the engine and brake components received added definition with chrome dress-up kits. The crew at Ekstensive removed the front factory inner fenders before modifying the firewall to make room for a pair of smooth Ekstensive front inner fenders.
Opening the doors exposes the body-matching red and black interior created by Brian Romeo in Scott, Louisiana. The dash gauge panel, steering column, A-pillar moldings and seat panels were all given coats of body-color red. Capping the steering column is a Billet Specialties Speedway steering wheel half-wrapped in matching red leather. The front bucket seats, rear 60/40-split seat, door panels and inserts were covered in black vinyl with red vinyl inserts. Cruisin’ tunes are delivered by a Pioneer head unit enhanced with a Fusion 1,000-watt amp. A pair of Rockford 12-inch subs located under the rear seat pounds out the heavy bass, while Kicker mids and tweeters located in the door panels and A-pillars balance the acoustic rhythms.
Logan and his dad just purchased a Chevy S-10 that is being transformed into a mini-dually on ‘bags rollin’ on 20s. It should be very cool. The pair has experienced a journey they will cherish forever; it’s all about building something together that makes it special.
2006 Chevy Silverado King Cab
Text by Bob Ryder
Photos by John Jackson