Vanilla: 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 build.
Hi there. I've been kind of a lurker for the last few days and decided to just go ahead and post up a build thread. I own a 2005 Chevy Silverado base with four doors, AC and that's it as far as options. I've been slowly transforming it into a more comfortable daily driver and now will be making it my DD and summer camper. It has been a very reliable truck for the last two and a half years that I've owned it and I hope it will last for quite a bit longer. Throughout this thread I will try to update with pictures and some guides on how I did some things since I hope to be trying new stuff.
I started out with the truck as your basic work model. AM/FM stereo, stock 17" wheels, everything was built for work. I bought it though because the price was right, and it had low miles. Here's a few pictures from the night I brought it home:
It had a few flaws, such as no center armrest/console, stock stereo system, a few things exterior wise, but I pretty much changed all of those within the first couple of days.
After a few months of driving it like that, I decided to build another console, and I bought a couple of things off a friend of mine such as wheels and tires, and a cold air intake:
New wheels and tires Devino 17" with 33X12.50's:
Cold air intake:
After another couple of months I took it on it's first road trip to Spokane. It really impressed me by getting 21 MPG's without going over 65. And after the trip, I decided to go ahead and put a little money into a tune from a local auto shop. Ended up getting a little more power out of it, but it wasn't anything crazy.
After a while I got bored of the gray grille and black mirrors, so I color matched them:
It stayed that way for quite a while (probably about a year) with an exhaust system install in between (went with a Flowmaster 40 single in dual out and all custom bent tubing from the end of the cat all the way back).
I also got to try out the 4WD a lot that winter and decided to upgrade to a studded snow tire, and after that I went ahead and tried it out more. First time it ever got stuck:
Those wheels got trashed thanks to Montana having to put Mag Chloride on the road, so I decided to keep them as my winter wheels and got some new summer wheels with the same old 33's:
Last summer, I went and built another center console which I still have now. I plan on building more onto it because I much prefer this design. Also upgraded my speakers, but I never did take a picture of those:
After that, I went through a phase where I thought it would be awesome to have a headache rack for work (at the time I was working in the construction field), so I bought a premade one from a local dealer, and then I had it reworked to fit my truck properly:
I then started to take the chrome trim stuff off the bottom of the truck, but of course got most of it off and stopped. I also repainted the grille which will once again change:
2005 Chevy Silverado Base 4X4: 4.8L, Auto, 4 door ex cab, short box, AEM Brute Force CAI, Flowmaster 40 SI/DO, 285's on 17 inch Helo's Summer and 265's on 17 inch Devino's for winter, custom made center console, custom engine tunes, custom headache rack, Kobalt contractors tool box, color matched grille and sport mirrors, HD towing mirrors, no power options but I got A/C!
1992 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4: Needs a lot more done to it!