There’s no denying that the ’88-98 Chevy truck was a huge success when it was sold; featuring refreshed, clean contemporary styling for its time and spawning several luxury SUV-based variants – including the first-generation Escalade and Yukon Denali. It’s a small wonder then, that enthusiasts continue to build them into some truly amazing creations that make the world take notice. They’re the classic Chevy trucks of our generation.
Our friends over at A Gearhead for Life (AG4L), showcase this ’94 Silverado owned by Richard Wiley. Equipped with a stock 5.3L pulled from a 2001 Chevy Suburban, it brings an LS2 cam, LS6 valvesprings and home-ported heads to the party. Richard completed the homemade harness himself with a braided loom in an attempt to keep the engine bay looking clean and left the stock 5.3L truck manifolds in place for simplicity. A homemade cold-air induction kit rounds out the engine mods.
For cooling, the truck utilizes the original ’94 Chevy truck shroud with ’98-02 F-body electric fans and 5.3L truck radiator hoses. Holding the mill in place are the stock ’94 truck motor mounts working in tandem with 1-inch setback plates, and sitting behind the 325 cubic-inch powerplant is a 4L80E gearbox and a limited-slip rearend with 3.73 gears.
Connecting the transmission and the rear differential is a stock driveshaft between the two using the 4L80E yoke. The rest of the details are highlighted in the video, as well as future plans that include a 4-inch suspension drop at all four corners to improve the outward aesthetics and handling of the vehicle.
If this video proves anything, it shows what can be done with a minimal budget and using secondhand parts, proving that it’s not about how much money you spend, but how you spend it. We give props to
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.