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GLASS MONEY | ’92 CHEVY C1500

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Kandy-Coated perfection

WHEN BOBBY LONG DROPPED OFF HIS ’92 CHEVY C1500 AT AUTO EXTREMES IN COVINGTON, GEORGIA, FOR A FRESH PAINT JOB IN JANUARY 2015, HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS IN FOR. The paint job was awesome, but the rest of it is a blur.

“Once they started doing the bodywork, it was a snowball effect,” Bobby says. “One thing led to another and before I knew it, the cab was off the frame and everything escalated from there!”

The crew at Auto Extremes spent two years customizing Bobby’s ride to the incredible one you see. Among the major mods are the stock floor body drop, which required building new framerails from the firewall back, and the air ride suspension, which includes Michigan Metal Works fl at plate control arms and one of the company’s notchless tie rod kits to maximize steering clearance. Air Lift’s Dominator D2600 airbags were mounted behind each 20-inch Raceline Explosion 5 billet wheel.

Auto Extremes has built a Panhard custom bar for the rear suspension. It is an Ekstensive 2-link. AccuAir E Level with UV4 Manifold manages the air, making it easy to adjust altitude. And although you can’t see it, all of the suspension parts have been powdercoated to match the exterior. Oh yeah, the exterior—let’s get to that.

Bobby wanted things to be simple but killer. That is a great recipe for building trucks. The body mods were kept to a minimum, but the ones that were done really set the truck apart from other GMT400’s. Grant Kustoms’ roll pan is the coolest, and it matches Grant Kustoms’ front bumper. Auto Extremes extended the front bumper by 3 inches to get it exactly where Bobby wanted. This eliminated the need for a plastic valance from the factory.

WE OFTEN WISH THAT THE LS ENGINE HAD COME OUT JUST A FEW YEARS SOONER SO THAT THE GMT400 TRUCKS WOULD HAVE COME WITH THEM FROM THE FACTORY, BUT THEY STILL WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN AS CLEAN AS BOBBY’S 5.3L, WHICH HAS BEEN DRESSED TO THE NINES BETWEEN THE CUSTOM WHEEL TUBS.

Auto Extremes did some other mods as well, like a shaved filler gas door, shaved handle on the tailgate, and smoothed-out door handles. Not to mention, the metalwork inside the engine bay and bed. But the most eye-catching addition is the House of Kolor Kandy Apple Red over an Orion Silver base, which is the quintessential candy paint combo, in our humble opinion. It looks like the paint is a mile thick and glows from all angles. Tyler Hughey, at The Paint Shop at Auto Extremes, deserves our hats for pulling this off perfectly.

The TRICK GRANT CUSTOMS SHAVED TAILGATE AND ROLL PAN REALLY SMOOTHED THE REAR OF CHEVY. A MATCHING GRANT CUSTOMS FRONT BRUMPER WAS MODIFIED SO THAT IT SITS FLAT ON GROUND WHEN TRUCK IS AIRED.

And being the one-stop-shop that Auto Extremes is, Bobby figured that it’d be the perfect place to swap in that 5.3L LS that he had been fiending for. The engine remains mechanically stock (after all, it was already a huge upgrade over the tired 4.3L TBI engine), but the block does now wear a set of Hedman mid-length headers, a cone air filter and a bunch of custom dress-up work that really improved the LS’ looks!

After much back and forth about what he wanted to do to the interior of the car, Bobby asked his friend Vince Robinson to paint the dash gloss-black (with pinstriping done by Gooch Freehand) while James Auto Upholstery took care of the soft goods for the bench seat and door panels with black vinyl, black leather and Torch Red threading. Brightwork consists of a Raceline Blast half-wrap steering wheel and a polished, ball-milled billet rearview mirror. The sound system is simple yet potent, with an Alpine CDA-105 head unit mated to Polk Audio/MOMO 4×6 speakers.

BOBBY’S ’92 PROUDLY WEARS THE NC (NEGATIVE CAMBER) LOGO ON ITS RACELINE STEERING WHEEL, THE GLOVEBOX DOOR AND ON THE REAR GLASS.

Bobby and his Chevy were welcomed to the Negative Camber Family that weekend, just before Bobby received a Top 100 Award. Bobby was devastated by a phone message from his neighbor just two months after the truck’s completion.

“Lightning had struck a very large white pine tree behind the garage that the truck was in, and the tree fell on top of it,” he says. “The garage was a total loss, and the damage to the truck was about $16,000 worth.”

Bobby was not willing to give up his dream and, so, he put his truck back on Auto Extremes’ waiting list. Everything was repaired and reassembled just in time for LST 2018. It won the award for Best Painting. Talk about determination! Since then, it has rounded up a lot more awards, which still hasn’t gotten old to Bobby.

“It’s still so unreal—it’s just an old pickup truck,” he says. “I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy the truck for many years to come!”

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