So, when the time came for a new longterm, hair-pulling project for Howard to tackle in his free time, a custom built, highly modified Chevy dually truck kept creeping into his thoughts.
“I’ve always wanted to design a crew-cab dually, but I wanted my build to set myself apart from the rest,” says Howard, a police officer in Lufkin, Texas.
Starting with restyling the rear of this ’07 Chevy Silverado, the factory short wheelbase bed was modified to hold a set of ’07-’14 Chevy Silverado 3500 dually fenders. A custom built back half section replaced the rear of the OEM chassis, which utilizes a triangulated rear four-link and Air Lift Performance airbags. The original rear axle was removed and replaced with a 14-bolt Full Float rear axle from a ’96 Chevrolet k2500, which connects to the GM 4L80e transmission with a split drive shaft and a Summit yoke. Some 4:10 rear axle gears give it the perfect gear ratio for all types of driving, and custom coolant lines keep the transmission at the correct temperature. TCI Internals and a Nelson Performance 4L80e Harness were the final puzzle pieces for the conversion to be complete. This was the first time Howard performed a half-ton to three-quarter-ton conversion, which taught him some lessons along the way, and luckily, he had some help from good people like Woody’s Transmission in Huntington, Texas.
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