Kevin Terry may not be a household name or even a name that comes up when you think about the top builders in the off road industry but we can guarantee you have passed by him at a race during contingency or on a road down in Mexico. Kevin has been involved in off road since 1995 and has built one super clean Chevy prerunner. When we first saw this truck at the BAP, it had just been completed. Kevin brought it out to shakedown and cruise around doing media stuff for Hart Media.
When we heard the story behind it we knew we had to share. Very much like the underdog in a sports story, Kevin built this truck by himself in a small shop he rents on nights and weekends. No $500k budget, just some talent and a dream. We did something a little different with this feature, we decided to ask Kevin a few questions so you guys could get the background on Kevin and the vehicle.
RDC – How did you get started in fabrication? (What year? Who have you worked for? How long on your own?)
Kevin – Fabrication and machining goes back a couple generations in my family. My grandfather was a machinist and passed down the trade and tools to my father. Naturally, I took to the skill being around it growing up. I started really getting into fabrication around 18 years old (1995). Having the tooling at my hand, I was able to work on my own trucks rather than pay someone to do it for me. A few years later I stumbled across Larry Plank’s shop in my hometown of La Habra. I was so impressed with the quality of work that came out of that shop. The work they did inspired me to try and create at that level. After Larry’s death, his right hand man Nestor Berardi went off on his own to continue fabricating. He asked me to come help out on two luxury prerunners he was building for Scott Stienburger and the Herzogs. Being involved in the build of these trucks made me want something like this of my own.
RDC – What do you do for a 9-5?
Kevin – While fabrication is a passion of mine, I decided to keep it as a hobby and went to work for an electric utility company. I’ve had my share of fabrication side projects over the years, but in 2013 I decided it was time to execute the ultimate prerunner that I had always wanted.
RDC – Reason behind building the truck (Why chevy? Where did you build the truck? How long was the build?)
Kevin – I have always been a fan of Chevy products so that’s why I decided to do a Chevy Silverado. Over the next 3 years I spent nights and weekends working on the build in my personal shop.
RDC – Any influence and/or mentors behind the build or people you want to thank?
Kevin – I owe a ton of credit to my Dad for the continuous support and helping me along the way. Credit also to my two right hand buddies Dave Hart and Bronson Lee for all their help on the project.
RDC – When a TT team approaches you to buy it, is it for sale?
Kevin – I plan to keep the truck for now and enjoy it as much as I can with my kids, family and friends.
|Chassis:||4130 Chromolly Full Tube Chassis|
|Suspension||FT- Center Mount A-Arm 24″ Travel
RR- 4 Link 28″ Travel
|Engine:||LS2 525 Horsepower|
|Transmission:||Built TH400, TCS Torque Converter|
|Shocks:||FT-King 2.5 Coilovers, 3.0 Full Race Bypass
RR-King 2.5 Coilovers, 3.0 Full Race Bypass
|Seats & Safety:||Twisted Stich Seats
Crow 5 Point Harnesses
|Axle:||Custom 4130 9″ Built In-House|
|Brakes:||Wilwood 4 Piston (in shoot)
**upgraded to 6 piston after shoot
|Steering:||3″ Howe Performance Rack|
|Wheels:||17″ Ultra Beadlocks|
|Tires:||39″ BFG Projects|
|Electronics||Custom Haltech Computer and Harness
Wiring by Johnny Lightning
Kenwood Sound System
|Body:||Fiberwerx Custom Glass|
|Special Notes:||Fully Tig Welded Vehicle
LJ Kennedy Aluminum Work
Paint by Eddies Custom Paint
Line-X Santa Fe Springs CA
Interior Bills Custom Upholstery
Harmon Race Cell 53 Gallon
Gibson Stainless Steel Exhaust
Vintage Air AC/Heater
Special thank you to Joey Hart of Hart Media for his help on the feature.