Tim Porco has been a truck guy for a lot of years. He was always the guy in the neighborhood who had the nicest vehicles and took care of them like they were his children. Since so many people wanted him to help them build their trucks, it just became a natural progression to open up a shop.
With the aid of his dad, Ron, T&R Performance was born in Simi Valley, California, and now the stakes have been raised even higher. Tim has to be driving the coolest truck around because it's a rolling advertisement for his business. The attention to detail, the craftsmanship, and the overall aesthetics are very important to Tim, and that's why his shop trucks are always fun to examine with a fine-tooth comb. They never have wild graphics to draw attention, they are more subtle than that, and Tim likes to let the quality speak for itself-except that every shop truck he's had has been red, lifted to the moon, and sporting a set of monster tires.
This red '05 Chevy Silverado 2500HD was torn into before it ever hit the road. The lift was a combination of available kits and Tim's clever ideas to get a really smooth ride out of a seriously lifted truck. Tim started with a Cognito Motorsports lift kit in the front that includes fabricated spindles and a differential drop. Custom uni-ball upper A-arms were built by T&R Performance, and dual chrome Fox Racing shocks were added.
All of the suspension pieces were powdercoated dark blue and satin gray. A set of three-piston calipers from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation was added to the front, along with slotted rotors. American Racing Trax 8 22x11-inch chrome wheels with 4-1/2 inches of backspacing were added at all four corners.
At the back of the truck is where Tim got creative. Knowing that the usual 10-inch lift leaf spring setup uses exaggerated arch leaves and ride as rough as a buckboard, the T&R Performance touch was administered through the use of an 8-inch long-travel leaf kit from Deaver Springs mounted on a custom 2-inch shackle drop. Fox Racing externally adjustable bypass shocks control the ride, and airbags from Air Ride Tech come into play when the loads get serious-Tim hauls his sand car and boat with this truck. An on-board compressor allows the 'bags to be inflated and adjusted as much as the driver wants. The air tank for the unit is chromed and adds to the bling under the bed.
The 6.6L Duramax V-8 has an Edge Juice with Attitude, an Advanced Flow Engineering (aFe) Stage 2 intake, and a turbo-back MagnaFlow stainless steel exhaust. The factory 11-1/2-inch rearend has a polished differential cover and 4.56 gears from U.S. Gear. The rear driveshaft was lengthened 2 inches by Coast Driveline and uses non-greasable U-joints for more strength. The front driveshaft was lengthened with a different CV joint.
The exterior of the truck, while not sporting wild graphics, is still pretty cool. T&R added EGR extended fender flares, and all of the exterior plastic on the truck was smoothed and painted. A couple of sets of Grippen door handles were installed after they were painted to match the truck. The headlights were replaced with an HID conversion, and extra Hella off-road lights were installed behind the grille. A second set of HID driving lights were added to the lower lift crossmember.
The bed was treated to a spray-on bedliner in a matching red hue. For now, Tim simply added a Pioneer DVD with a 7-inch screen as his only interior mod, but a full stereo system is planned-and maybe some wild graphics, and a Trenz grille, and a deep tranny pan, and, and, and...
This truck will probably never be done until something new comes along and Tim will dive into that project just as heavily. You have to love that kind of enthusiasm.