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Derek Marlatt Builds Hot Rod Style Modified Chevrolet Silverado Truck aka Pops Project

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Derek Marlatt built this hot rod style Chevy Silverado truck his way
Derek Marlatt built this hot rod style Chevy Silverado truck his way
For most of us our passion for cars starts at a young age, when we spend countless hours in the garage helping our pops work on the old family sedan. Just the smell of the warm oil draining while dad is using some goofy wrench to take off the old oil filter, only to hear a few cuss words when pops finally gets the oil filter loose and the residual oil in the filter slowly drips down his arms as he begs for us to hand him a towel to wipe it off before it reaches his armpit.
Marlatt debuted this one-of-a-kind Silverado at SEMA 2007
Marlatt debuted this one-of-a-kind Silverado at SEMA 2007


Derek Marlatt, like most any other car fanatics has probably spent many long hours being pops right hand man in the garage and by the looks of his Project, the long hours paid off. Derek's 2002 Chevrolet Silverado is a tribute to his pops for all the knowledge that he has passed on along the years.

Shortly before Derek's Pop passed away there came a day that his pops handed off the keys of his Silverado to Derek with the only claim was "no cutting it up". With a few chuckles amongst themselves, Derek soon started building what is now called" Pops Project".
This highly custom Chevy Silverado uses K&N air intake becuase "In my humble opinion there is no substitute for K&N"
This highly custom Chevy Silverado uses K&N air intake becuase "In my humble opinion there is no substitute for K&N"


While the rule was "no Cutting it up" , Derek has chosen to tip toe along the rules and to gently carve away as a skilled surgeon would just so the project would never appear to be cut up. With a team of several close friends and the shops they own or work at, Derek has built his ride to be one of the best that we have seen in a long time.

While wanting to keep his build as a "Hot Rod Style Truck" Derek has chosen to travel a path that not many choose, he wanted to build his truck...His way!.
Derek Marlatt with his modified Chevrolet Silverado known as Pops Project
Derek Marlatt with his modified Chevrolet Silverado known as Pops Project


The vehicle has had a complete color change to House of Kolor LimeTime Green with HOK Orion Silver graphic by Rob Olin of Olin Designs. A complete air-ride suspension built by Kevin Brumfield and crew of Grunion Customs using Air Zenith Compressors, Slam Specialties air bags, ASCO valves and a slew of parts provided by Lowrider Depot. The interior of the truck is completely recovered using tan suede by The Interior Shop with painted accents by Jimmy Red at Airizona Artworx. The stereo was installed by CJ Silvey of Superior Auto Sound using equipment provided by Orion Car Audio products and Kinetik Power Cells. Under the hood you will find more details including painted parts by KH Kustoms, pinstriping by JR Jacka, aluminum parts fabricated by Mouse and Jefe at Mouse's Kustom Fab and of course the Air intake part #77-3021KP provided by K&N.
Chevy Silverado's interior was completely recovered using tan suede by The Interior Shop and painted accents by Jimmy Red at Airizona Artworx.
Chevy Silverado's interior was completely recovered using tan suede by The Interior Shop and painted accents by Jimmy Red at Airizona Artworx.


A majority of this build was done prior to 2007 when it was debuted at SEMA 2007, but the truck has never really been a finished project, but then again... what build is ever really completed?

Derek is no beginner when it comes to building custom vehicles and he has several to brag about including a 1972 Dodge Challenger that he and his pops worked on together, 1950 Ford Victoria Business Coupe, 1953 Mercury Monterey Coupe, 1963 Mercury Comet and a 1990 Mazda Ex Cab P/U and a few Nissan Hardbodies, all have had K&N as part of the build in one shape or another.
Chevy Silverado sporting House of Kolor LimeTime Green and HOK Orion Silver graphic by Rob Olin of Olin Designs
Chevy Silverado sporting House of Kolor LimeTime Green and HOK Orion Silver graphic by Rob Olin of Olin Designs
When asked why he has chosen K&N as his preferred choice of intake manufacturers his answer was "In my humble opinion there is no substitute for K&N. K&N offers the best warranty on the market, and in the long run you can't beat a company willing to stand behind their product."

I am sure there is one proud man upstairs looking down on all the work that Derek has done and has a grin from ear to ear. Good Job Derek... That is one great build!

Derek would like to thank all of the previously mentioned people, shops, manufacturers and his club Negative Camber for their dedication, hard work and support during the build of Pops Project. This could not have been done without them!

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