Here Comes the Calvary a 1990 Chevrolet Named ROBERT E. LEE
In 1997, Barrett Stewart was injected with a custom truck virus when a few friends asked him to hang out one weekend. It only took one experience in the laid back lifestyle we enthusiasts all know and love to get Barrett hooked. Over the years, he bought and sold a few of the industry’s most well known rides, but this latest one is special, and it may not go anywhere anytime soon. Barrett had some previous custom truck owner experience with his first truck, a ’94 GMC Sonoma known as “Sweet as Candy,” which was featured in Mini Truckin magazine back in ’97. Next on his list of good looking rides was a ’96 Chevy S-10 Blazer two-door called “Double Exposure.” That build was also featured in Mini Truckin. Lastly, his third custom truck was a ’99 Chevrolet Tahoe four-door named “816 Hours” in a past Street Trucks article. This is the truck that began the OBS obsession for Barrett.
“This truck had a great start from previous owner, Brian Baird, and I was lucky enough to buy the truck and see a vision of how he envisioned it complete,” Barrett says.
Body-dropped on 24-inch wheels was the goal, and previous owner Brian was the man making the mods to the metal.
Body mods on this amazing truck include a chopped top roof, a Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood, Hart front inner fenders, shaved fuel door and a steel roll pan.
The factory frame rails were notched for tie rods and stock floor body dropped using 2×4-inch square tubing. A custom four-link suspension with a Panhard bar and pinion snubber mounts up to the factory rear end that is loaded with Moser Axles and 3.73 Auburn limited slip gears. The front end hardware was swapped out for Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms, airbags and an Airlift 3H air management system. This gave Barrett the ability to lay body on 24×9-inch front and 24×12-inch Raceline Status 6 wheels. The Delinte DS8 tire sizes are 255/35/24 up front and 305/35/24 in the rear. A rear disc brake conversion with a Wilwood Master cylinder and stainless braided brake lines give this truck plenty of stopping power.
The truck is LS swapped using a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3-Liter LS, A Comp Cams “Big Mutha Thumper” cam, a Be Cool aluminum radiator, Edelbrock coil pack covers, Boost brothers mid length headers and 3-inch spin tech mufflers. LS1 engine dress up accessories and an Edelbrock Pro flow EFI conversion wrapped up the engine mods. A 2002 GM 4L80E transfers the power to the rear axles.
Body mods on this amazing truck include a chopped top roof, a Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood, Hart front inner fenders, shaved fuel door and a steel roll pan. There’s also a shaved roof drip rail, shaved third brake light, shaved stake pockets and shaved tailgate handle. All the amazing bodywork was performed by Kevin Fulmer Shadetree Customs Pomaria, SC. The color is Toyota Cavalry Blue with Toyota Cement Gray graphics. All paint and graphics were also completed by Kevin Fulmer at Shadetree customs.
A few events that this killer truck can be seen at include the Battle in Bama ‘Million Dollar Row,’ East Tennessee Showdown, Drop Em Wear show, Mini Truckin’ Nationals and more.
“With the help of great friends and amazing family my vision became reality. Thanks to my extended family in Relaxed Atmosphere for always being there to give support or ideas” Barrett says.
1990 Chevrolet C1500
Location: Laurens SC
Club affiliation: Relaxed Atmosphere
Occupation: Owner of Superior Auto
Cost of 1990 Chevrolet: $9,000
Date of original Purchase: October 2017
Cost of Build-up: $25,000
How long from build date to completion: 3 years
- Factory frame notched for tie rods and stock floor body drop
- 2×4 square tubing performed by Brian Baird
- Custom four-link suspension with a Panhard bar and pinion snubber
- Factory rear end with Moser Axles 3.73 auburn limited slip
- Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms
- Airlift 3H air management system
- 24×9 front and 24×12 rear Raceline Status 6 wheels
- 255/35/24 front and 305/35/24 rear Delinte DS8 tires
- Rear disc brake conversion
- Wilwood master cylinder
- Stainless braided brake lines
- Aluminum RCI 15 gallon
- 2002 Chevrolet 5.3 LS
- COMP CAM Big Mutha Thumper cam
- Be Cool aluminum radiator
- LS1 accessories
- Edelbrock coil pack covers
- Boost brothers mid length headers
- 3-inch spin tech mufflers
- Edelbrock Pro flow
- 2002 GM 4L80E 3200 stall
- Chop topped
- Stock floor body Dropped 3.5-inch
- Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood
- Hart front inner fenders
- Stock front bumper and steel roll pan rear
- Shaved fuel door
- LMC factory replacement with beam tech LED bulbs
- Hart Fabrication wheel tubs
- Shaved roof drip rail, shaved third brake light, shaved stale pockets, shaved tailgate handle, shaved fuel door and molded roll pan
- Bodywork by Kevin Fulmer, Shadetree Customs in Pomaria, SC
- Toyota Cavalry Blue paint polor
- Toyota Cement Gray graphics
- Paint and graphics by Kevin Fulmer, Shadetree Customs
- Dakota Digital VHX gauge cluster
- Custom wrapped panels in leather
- Interior done by Jason Mode and crew at New Creations in Lattimore, NC
- Chris Snowden bench seat in gray distressed leather
- Forever Sharp steering wheel
- Pioneer double din, sony 6.5-inch component set, four JL Audio 8W0 subs, JL Audio Slash 300/4 and JL Audio Slash 500/1 amps
- Audio by Superior Auto in Laurens, SC
“Thanks to David at Coys wheel, Raceline Wheels, Dunbar Auto Supply, Jeff Smith at Colorworx paint shop, Delinte tires, Kevin and Kory Fulmer at Shadetree Customs, Ronnie at Lowrider Depot, all my guys at Superior Auto, Andrew White at Mainstreet Auto Detailing, Jason Mode at New Creations, Hart Fabrication, Keith and Tommy Allewine at TKM Customs, and most importantly my wife Nikki and or two amazing boys, Rett and Eli.”