|A birds eye view reveals clean lines and attention to detail. The spare tire shares real estate with air tanks and a Hi-Lift jack and jerry can complement the gunnels while the center-mounted fuel tank and toolbox tuck neatly against the cab.|
Growing up in Moab and immersed in auto sports from birth (his dad raced stock cars), it was a natural for Dirk to start exploring the region's slickrock via a 4x4 at a young age. One rig lead to another, and when he came across an old 1-ton Chevy diesel for the paltry sum of $1,500, he couldn't pass up. As shop foreman for an oil drilling company, he figured he could do most of the mods himself, but told his wife it would be a good truck for "hauling fire wood", uhh, ya right. Enter the "Honey, this won't cost much" Orange Crush Silverado.
|Dirk left color selection and paint up to someone with a refined eye, his wife. Metal flake Orange Crush was applied to the body and a number of accessories, and the front clip was treated to pearly-translucent ghost flames.|
With the mill and drivetrain complete, the next "it won't cost that much" modification commenced. The front Dana 60 was fitted with 35-spline outer shafts, Spicer U-joints, Powertrax differential and 4.56:1 Genuine Gear gears. The backside, a GM 14-bolt, was treated to a Detroit Locker and gears, and slipped under a pair of 6-inch Superlift springs. Axles were capped with a set of 42-inch Super Swamper IROKs and Pro Comp remote-reservoir shocks provide dampening control at all corners.
|There were a number of interior mods that "won't cost that much." The custom four-point cage, Premier Power Welder, Grant steering wheel, Cobra CB and Beard seats on custom mounts.|
While most of us only dream of rolling out our driveway each day and being face-to-face with a thousand miles of slickrock trails, Dirk lives it every day. He said, "I enjoy wheeling Moab so much, I never feel the need to leave." And evidenced by the fact that he is still married, and he doesn't have to sleep in the doghouse, we're guessing that his wife must like it too. See you on the trail Dirk... In Moab that is.