2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Homebuilt Hot Rod

Aaron Schoen Used Ingenuity And Not A Lot Of Money To Build A 500-Rwhp Turbocharged Silverado

Barry Kluczyk Mar 5, 2010 0 Comment(s)

After our photo shoot wrapped up, we went for a ride around Norwalk and we were immediately impressed by what we didn't notice. There were no hiccups, stalling, or stumbling from the engine. The power didn't hit like an on/off switch, either. It came on smoothly and strongly, shoving the heavy pickup down the road with enough urgency that we double-checked to make sure our seatbelt was fastened. You don't have to tell Schoen there are more powerful LS-powered vehicles out there, and he's fully aware that the exterior of his truck isn't exactly blemish-free. He knows it all and so do we. None of that matters when you take into account the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and dedication used to make this project work on a budget.

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We used to read such stories 25 years ago in old hot rodder magazines; the backyard specials that, frankly, modern enthusiasts just don't do any longer. But none of those bailing wire specials were electronically fuel injected, nor did they make 500 tire-smoking horsepower. Schoen's does and he can thank one person: Himself. That's what makes his Silverado one of best hot rods we've encountered lately.

2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Owner: Aaron Schoen
Block: LM4/LM7, 327cid Compression ratio: 8.4:1
Heads: Stock 6.0L (LQ4)
Cam: Stock LS1 (2002 model year)
Pushrods: Stock
Rocker arms: Stock 1.7 ratio
ValveSprings: LS6
Pistons: Stock, hypereutectic
Rings: Speed Pro
Crankshaft: Stock, nodular iron
Rods: Stock, powdered metal
Throttle body: Stock
Fuel injectors: Ford 39 lb/hr
Fuel pump: Walbro 255-lph
Ignition: Stock coil-near-plug
Engine management: Stock PCM, tuned by owner
Power adder: Garrett T61
Boost: 11 psi
Intercooler: Air-to-Air (from an '89 Toyota Supra)
Wastegate: XS Power
Exhaust system: Stock manifolds, 3-inch MagnaFlow
Transmission: 4L60E, built by owner
Torque converter: Stock (TrailBlazer)
Driveshaft: Stock
Front suspension: Eibach springs, stock control arms, sway bar, shocks
Rear suspension: Stock, Eibach lowering kit
Rearend: Stock, 4.10 gear, Eaton TrueTrac posi
Brakes: Stock
Wheels: MB 18x10 front, rear
Front tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 295/45/18
Rear tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 295/45/18
Fuel octane: 93 + meth
Race weight: 4,750 lbs
HP/TQ: 503 rwhp / 535 rwtq
Best ET/mph: 12.90/114
Best 60-ft. time: 2.22
Current mileage: 78,000
Miles driven weekly: 100

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