Busted Knuckles: 2007 Chevy Silverado-The Saint
Ask any man and he will tell you: When it comes to marriage, you have to be a saint to make it work. This is something Nicholas Jacobo of Marrero, Louisiana, knows all about. He met his wife, Misty, at a truck show, and the two—aside from the occasional fight—have a perfect relationship.
When Nicholas was growing up, his father was a Navy man and moved the family to three different states. Nicholas’ passion for vehicles began when he had the opportunity to disassemble his father’s ’68 Skylark, and the rest was history.
At 15, Nicholas was gifted his first vehicle by his grandfather: a ’90 Toyota 4Runner, to which he added wheels and a massive stereo system. He kept the SUV until Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast in 2005 and the truck was damaged. His next vehicle was a Toyota Tacoma, which he began customizing until it was totaled on the street due to someone else’s negligence. With Misty’s help, Nicholas was able to find an ’07 Chevy Silverado being sold by an older gentleman. Although the truck had a solid motor with low miles, the exterior was beat up and needed help.
Once Nicholas got the Chevy home, he and his friend Billy Lane stripped it down and began the suspension upgrade. “This was my first body drop and air-ride install,” Nicholas tells Truckin. “Aside from some careless cutting of brake lines and wiring, it wasn’t so bad.” The next step was working on the firewall and fitting everything for the A/C and larger wheels. His good friends Ricky, Tim, and Dylan lent a hand cutting the bed floor and adding it back onto the Chevy.
His friend Billy was parting with a similar model truck, so Nicholas was able to grab the doors, fenders, and hood to replace the stock parts that needed work. For the interior, Nicholas added a new carpet and seats along with a stereo system. With the help of some great friends, Nicholas has exceeded all expectations by doing work at his home and in his driveway. His future plans include a full sheetmetal, bead-rolled bed floor along with showstopping paint. His wife, Misty, has officially named her own Chevy The Sinner, so it was fitting that Nicholas named his project The Saint, because he’ll need to be one.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: ’07 Chevy Silverado
Owner and City/State: Nicholas Jacobo; Marrero, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Acrophobia
Front Suspension: Ekstensive Metal Works control arms, Airlift 2600 airbags
Rear Suspension: Ekstensive Metal Works two-link with Panhard bar, Accuair Vu4 with E-Level, Firestone 2600 airbags, two Viair 444 compressors, 7-gallon air tank
Engine: 4.3L Vortec, V-6, Spectre cold-air intake, relocated ECU and fuse box, Magnaflow Rumbler exhaust, ’05 Silverado 2500 Hydroboost brake system
Body/Paint: 3-inch stock floor body drop done by owner and Billy Lane, upgraded lighting system, raised stock bed floor
Interior: Carpet by Stockinteriors.com, LeatherSeats.com leather kit, billet Speedway Boomerang steering wheel
Stereo: Pioneer 7-inch double-DIN head unit, Rockford Fosgate 6.5-inch speakers, Digital Design Redline 608 8-inch subwoofers, Memphis Audio 1500.1 amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 28×9.5 Versante 228s
Tires: 275/25R28 and 295/25R28 Lexani tires
Special Thanks: My wife, Misty, and our children; Doc Pilotte; Jeremy Price; Billy Lane; Ricky Gonzalez; Tim Robichaux; Jacob Beech; Dylan Baldridge; Ekstensive Metal Works; DeArmond Chassis, Endless Metal Fab
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