2002 Chevy Silverado for Sale Offers 9-Second Potential

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Turbo Chevrolet Silverado

Short bed, short cab Chevy Silverado looks like a show truck and runs like a race truck with room for improvement.

If you have been dreaming of a late model Chevrolet Silverado pickup with a turbocharged V8, 9-second potential in the quarter mile and a relatively stock look, start thinking of how to explain to your wife that you have to buy a new-to-you truck. While flipping through the LS1Tech Marketplace, we came across this 2002 Silverado that was posted for sale by “settlemoore”. It sounds like it hasn’t run in the 9s, but with a reported trap speed of 135 miles per hour after a shaky launch, this half-ton Chevy could get into the 9-second range with some tuning and a dose of driver mod.

The Introduction

When the OP first posted his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado for sale, he included the following background on the truck.

This is pretty much a race truck, no ac, heat, power steering, and the radio is not hooked up
Selling because I am taking a new job which will not allow the free time something like this needs
Truck is very clean, not perfect by any means but body is over all in good shape
Couple scratches on the paint, nothing crazy. I do believe the cab was pulled at some point and dropped off a lift so there are dents in each of the rockers
I do not have dyno numbers, I’ve only had one track outing with which the trans brake was not working and it trapped ~135mph on a very conservative tune. Definitely has the potential to run high 9’s easily if you can get the short track down. I did not originally build this truck so the mods are listed to the best of my knowledge/what I could verify
If you do not have indoor storage the truck does leak from the dash somewhere, I have a very nice cover to go with it but I just wanted to give full disclosure
I am listing this at $17,000
Located in Bowie MD
I understand you may have specifically detailed questions but if you are not ready to buy then PLEASE do not waste my time

He also included a lengthy modification list which may or may not be accurate and it sounds like the seller isn’t all that interested in answering question unless you are 100% ready to buy with cash in hand.

Turbo Silverado Rear

The Build

The key features of this 2002 Silverado are focused under the hood, where the stock 4.8-liter V8 has been a hotter camshaft, an intake manifold from a Trailblazer SS, a Borg Warner T6 S475 turbocharger that vents through the right front fender and an upgraded fuel system. We don’t know what kind of power it is making, but a TCI TH400 transmission with a 3,000 stall sends the power to the Currie 9-inch Ford differential with a 3.73 gear, while a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials puts the power to the ground.

Turbo Silverado Engine

Other upgrades include a lowered suspension setup, traction bars, disc brakes all-around and a custom interior switch layout. Really, the interior could use some sprucing-up, as that shifter looks terrible with the current mount, but the rest of the truck looks so great that the ugly shifter can be overlooked.

Turbo Silverado Interior

That is especially true with some tuning work to the engine and perhaps some added suspension work, allowing this 2002 Chevy Silverado to get into the 9-second range and tear up the street.

Turbo Silverado Front

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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