(2005 Chevrolet Colorado)
(2005 Chevrolet Colorado)
Meaning Behind the Name
Fiance had a dream I ran off with a younger girl
What was the inspiration?
Always had a dream of building a bagged truck since I started driving.
How long did it take you to build?
Its took me 5 years to build the truck to the point it is now AFTER it was hacked up.
How long have you been building?
Been interested in mini trucks since 2006 but just now had my first bagged truck and really got IN the scene.
Your future plans?
Not sure on my next build. I can't see myself selling this one being that it has a lot of sentimental value. I would like to build something else eventually not really sure what though. I would really like a dually or a full size regular cab.
Truck was originally bought in 09 just to be a daily while I was a senior in high school. I knew off the bat I wanted to atleast lower it, if not bag it. So for the first couple years I owned it I did a 3/4 drop on some black Sport Muscle 20's and just some painted interior. Then finally went all in and decided I wanted to bag it. When I first went to get it done I took it to a "shop" that completely hacked the frame and bed to pieces so it all had to be redone over again. The only way to salvage the truck was to go for a full frame or a backhalf and since I'm not loaded and can't afford a full frame I opted for the backhalf. After that literally almost everything on the truck has been done atleast twice. Bed has been done 3 times. Interior has been done 2 times. Even when I got my billets I had to have the fronts re-bored to fit. So after everything the truck has been through, that's what pushed me to finish it because I knew if I didn't I would regret it. Honestly I look at it getting hacked up as a blessing in disguise because at first when I tried to get it bagged, I wouldn't say I was going to half ass it, but I would have went the cheap way around it, no billets, no swapped or narrowed rear end, and so on. So by the truck getting hacked up it gave me reason and motivation to really build it the way I really wanted to.
Special thanks goes out to everyone who has helped out on this long and aggravating build. Chris Beard for the back half, Kevin Gibbs at Outback Paint & Body for the badass paintjob, Jerry Dow at Layn Licks for the awesome pinstriping, Jonathan Chasteen at Kustom Stitch for the great job on the interior, and everyone else who had a hand in the build whether it be hands on, advice, or parts. Daniel "Rookie" McCullough, Jeremie Davenport, Benji Harless, Joey Bandy, Chris "Slinky" Lindsay, Micheal "Ghetto Mike" Williams, Tyler Briggs, Micheal Keen, and anyone else I may be forgetting cause I'm sure I am, If I missed you just know you were greatly appreciated! Last but not least I want to say a HUGE thank you to my fiance Nikki, she has been with me since day one of this build and encouraged me the whole way to keep going. She has never hesitated to get up early or leaving late to drive hours for a show. Even back when the truck was just lowered she was always willing to get up and ride 3-4 hours with me at 4-5 in the morning for a round trip for a show. When the truck got hacked up she kept telling me it was going to be ok and every problem I've had with it she always tells me its going to work out and it always has so I definitely want to give out a huge thank you to her! Would also like to say thanks to Gauge Magazine not only for the feature but I also bought most of my air ride parts from the gauge store. I got my bags, airline, valves, gauges, and all my fittings all from gauge!
Only previous ride I've had mini truck wise was my first truck. It was really the reason I got into minis. I had a 2001 S-10 Xtreme. Got it bone stock, didnt do a whole lot to it, but it was lowered another 4" in the back and had some 20" Mazzi Kruel wheels on it.
Chrome or polish
Billet overflow tank
Mods to Frame
Drop or lift inches
Bagged, lays frame
Dallas Hot Rod Parts spindles and Control arms
3 link with wishbone
Fuel Cell relocated to back of frame, air tank welded between frame rails, custom transmission and carrier bearing crossmembers made by Tyler Briggs
Chrome, Paint, or Polish
Frame and brackets were all painted black
Front Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Front Wheel Size
22x8.5 with 6.5" backspace
Rear Wheel Size
22x9 with 4.25" backspace
Front Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
Nissan KYO Silver with added metallic flake
No graphics but red and black pinstriping
Kevin Gibbs at Outback Paint & Body
Pinstriping done by Jerry Dow at Layn Licks
Steel cowl hood
Factory grille is currently in it but I plan to do a billet grille, also a billet grille in the bumper
Factory front bumper with valance painted, Grant Kustoms rollpan in the rear
Shaved tailgate handle, 3rd brake light, and gas door. Bed floor has been smoothed and raised with a motorcycle gas cap in the floor
Body Mods by
Dyed black with red painted radio bezel
Jensen double din
Not installed but have a 1200 watt MA Audio amp
Not installed but have a 15" Kicker L7
Stereo Installed by
Seats were factory 60/40 tan seats. They were split into buckets, chopped down 7" and rewrapped.
Trunk or Bed
Bedfloor has been raised and smoothed
Seats , headliner, and visors were all rewrapped in black alante vinyl, croc inserts and red stitching. everything else was dyed black. Also have billet window cranks.
Jonathan Chasteen at Kustom Stitch did all the upholstery. I did all of the dyeing.
Chris Owens 2005 Chevy Colorado