2008 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab

SWIFT Texas builds a steel blue machine that'll make your head spin.

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Story: Evan “Evo” Yates

Photography: Costas Stergiou

Horsepower numbers are one of the most embellished figures known to custom automotive publications, trending on the “estimated” side of the fence. Paco, owner of Streetside Performance in Baytown, Texas, and the anything-but-regular cab Silverado, has no qualms backing up his truck’s performance stats. “If anyone’s in doubt, I’m not afraid to pull up a YouTube query for ‘Paco LS7’ on my phone,” he explains, which generates multiple opportunities to experience what the self-proclaimed “fastest truck on 26s” is all about. Paco’s Silverado has a well-documented history of abusing competitors in the streets and on the strip, with the dyno numbers, pink slips and even car-show trophies to prove it.

The powerplant between the frame rails of the supersonic Silverado is a considerably enhanced LS7 from an ’06 Corvette Z06 with a dyno-confirmed 842hp to the rear 26-inch wheels. The worked LS7 achieves its power from ported and polished heads, a custom camshaft and a Speedtech dry nitrous system, among other go-fasts. The power is transferred to the wheels through a stout 4L60-E transmission, and the rig comes to a screeching halt via Corvette disc brakes with cross-drilled SSBC rotors.

To match the Chevy’s ferocious trackside demeanor, Paco ensured his truck looked the part as well. He delivered the Silverado to Marciano’s Paint & Body in Pasadena, Texas, for a steroid injection to the facade. The crew at Marciano’s replaced the hood with a Street Scene Chevy HD hood, the bumper from an HD series rig and a grille from a 3500 dually.

Out back, Cadillac Escalade taillights were flushed into the bed and cover. The truck was then delivered to Ruben Munjos, Jr. for a PPG Electron Blue Metallic paint job. Jerry Collazo, Jr., finished it off by airbrushing SS logos on the doors, hood and tailgate.

One of the qualities the SWIFT TX crew prides itself on is being diverse, so when selecting wheels, Paco wanted to stick with something lightweight but also
to stay fresh with the scene. He hooked CAB up with Intro Wheels to produce the first pair of 26-inch billets in the world. To fit wheels that measure a staggering 12 inches wide, the rear end of the sexy Silverado had to be widened five inches per side. The Intro ID Luxury 311Ts were a fitting selection, blending sport racing with show quality in a way that only the boys from SWIFT Texas could deliver. Securely hugging the Intros are a set of staggered Pirelli tires, 285/35/24 in front and 315/30/26 out back.

With arguably the most balanced show-and-go Silverado in existence—walking the line between horsepower and hotness—Paco and the crew from SWIFT, though satisfied with the results, promise that this blue beauty is far from finished.

Spec The Technique:

Performance: 842hp Corvette Z06 LS7; 90mm intake; ported and polished heads; custom camshaft with .239 intake and .268 exhaust lift @.050 inch with a 116-degree centerline; Kooks 1 7/8-inch headers; Aeromotive A1000 electric fuel pump; Speedtech dry nitrous and plate nitrous systems; 4L60-E automatic overdrive transmission; Borla dual exhaust; custom driveshaft; K&N FIPK air intake; Corvette disc brakes with cross-drilled SSBC rotors; Belltech two-inch drop spindles and two-inch lowering springs in front, Belltech axle flip kit in rear

Interior: Black leather and blue suede inserts; painted exterior- matching interior pieces; ’09 Chevy Tahoe center console

Exterior: Custom Street Scene Chevy HD hood, HD bumper; 3500 grille; Cadillac Escalade taillights; PPG Electron Blue Metallic; airbrushed SS logos on the doors, hood and tailgate

Ice: US SPEEDO gauge cluster; Pioneer double-DIN head unit

Wheels/Tires: Intro ID Luxury 311Ts, 24×10 front, 26×12 rear; Pirelli 285/35/24 front tires, 315/30/26 rear