Jess Gilliam’s 1993 Chevy K1500
Jess’ truck is a 1993 Chevy K1500 that belonged to his father. His father had used the truck as a farm truck, but it sat most of the ten years he had it in service.
When Jess got ahold of the truck, the paint was oxidized and the interior was dirty, having never been cleaned. The 1993 Chevy K1500 had not seen a bath or been waxed since coming to their farm.
Jess bought the truck from his father. When Jess first got it, the 1993 Chevy K1500’s engine burned coolant, ran rough and the transmission was on its last leg.
Jess cleaned the Chevy inside and out. He removed the bed and wire-brushed and sanded the whole frame. After sanding, Jess had the frame and the fender wells painted.
The bored-out 350 small block and transmission were removed. Jess replaced them with a 5.3L Vortec and a 4L60E transmission. He added an Aeromotive fuel system and electric fans. Before installing the LS V8, Jess had the block painted.
Jess has done all the work himself, except for the computer tune. He has installed new seats and a new stereo. Also added was a ‘94-‘98 style grille with new crystal clear headlights and running lights and clear sidemarker lights, along with LED headlight bulbs and white LED running lights. Jess has spent many hours bringing the paint back to life.
This is not Jess’ first ‘88-‘98 body style Chevy. He’s had three of them in the past and all have been single cabs. This 1993 Chevy K1500 has been built into his dream truck. A powerful, reliable daily driver that has the drivetrain of a newer truck on the chassis and body of an older machine.
Jess will not be getting rid of this truck any time soon. It has too much sentimental value for him.
“I built this how I wanted it, and I am very pleased.”