When most people decide on the perfect canvas, they find something that appeals to them and work to make it their own. But Jordan Tadysak—a 27-year-old from Naples, Florida—took the long route. He saw an ’09 Chevy Silverado 3500HD sitting at a small used car lot in town. The rig was outfitted with every chrome stick-on and aftermarket gadget that could be found. “It truly was hideous, and had I not rescued it, it might still be sitting there today,” Jordan tells us. As the very basic model, the Chevy was born without power windows, power locks, or cruise control. It clearly didn’t fit the standards of a magazine-worthy truck, but with Jordan’s knowledge and passion, it soon would.
One major advantage Jordan has is that he owns and operates Wicked Customs in Naples, Florida. Once the Chevy was brought to its new home, Jordan removed all the gaudy additions and began with a simple lift and added power windows and some minor performance accessories. Still not satisfied with the choices of rims and frustrated by major wheel companies not being able to agree to his custom needs, Jordan decided to purchase six Alcoa standard-hole wheels and cut his own wheel design, called “Jefe,” on his CNC. Hence the original name of his truck: El Jefe (The Boss). The wheels were shaved to fit a 24-inch tire, he embossed a “W” on them, and painted the centers.
Claiming it was too “ordinary,” Jordan decided to step up the build and go with a solid white theme, starting with powdercoating the wheels. Every piece of black plastic was smoothed and painted bright white. As most top builders do, Jordan attended the SEMA show, and it proved to be the motivation he needed to finish his project. He met Jason McNeil of FiberwerX and joined the company as a dealer. Although most people thought it was an odd move, he ordered extended fenders for the front of the Silverado. The fenders were cut and made to fit on the 3500 base. The front suspension was widened using multiple unique parts so the tires would stick out of the fenders.
One of the truly unique things Jordan was able to do was cut and mold inserts into the front grille using his plasma CNC cutter. T-Rex mesh and ARP bolts were powdercoated flat black and added to the front to maintain an aggressive style. The front grille had to be matched to the truck, but GM only offers the chrome version, so Jordan painted it along with the hood trim. The factory tow mirrors, hood louvers, door handles, and windshield cowl were smoothed and painted, creating a lineless look on the Chevy.
When it came time to add the stereo modifications, Jordan got down and dirty laying down a JVC head unit along with some serious JL Audio components and subwoofers. The iPod integration makes sure he is never without music to cruise to on the busy Florida streets. With Jordan’s ever-growing taste in customizing trucks and the resources to do just that, it’s only a matter of time before The Boss gets a whole new makeover.
Since he’s been driving The Boss around town, however, he has come to call it The People’s Truck, since everyone wants to see it, get closer to it, and own one like it. We can see why.