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Single Cab Cat Eye Duramax Used – 2003 Chevy Silverado gets it done with a six-speed transmissionSteve Berglund’s regular cab 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has a unique manual transmission and 600 HP Duramax

When Steve Berglund bought his Arrival Blue 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, he was still dealing with the bitter disappointment of his beloved custom 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD being destroyed. He initially intended to just drive and enjoy the new Silverado without making any changes other than some simple ECM tuning, but then the ideas started flowing and he saw the new truck as a chance for a fresh start.

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The Silverado was one of the cleanest trucks Steve found in his search, making it a perfect starting point for a modest daily driver build. He began work on it by removing the leveling kit and installing a Cognito Motorsports 4- to 6-inch non-torsion bar lift kit complete with Fox Factory Performance Series 2.0 shocks at all four corners. The truck rolls on a set of 33X12.50R20 Nitto Ridge Grappler tires wrapped around polished aluminum 20×12 American Force Rebel wheels.

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He also started doing some color matching on the outside of the truck to bring out the color even more. Then lightning struck once more when Steve’s girlfriend at the time called him to tell him she rear-ended a car with his truck. He felt like he was Bill Murray reliving the same day over and over again in his own car industry “Groundhog Day”.

This time, however, the damage wasn’t as extensive, so he went back to work and decided to further upgrade the truck by installing a 2005 grille, hood, lights, and fenders to replace the damaged parts and improve the look at the same time. After deciding to go beyond the simple tuning and drive it phase, Steve turned to Jason Wehrli and his team at Wehrli Custom Fabrication to not only dress up the engine bay, but also add a little more power under the hood. Steve and Jason decided on a WCFab BorgWarner S366SX-E turbocharger upgrade, with boost pipes and a turbo socket powder coated in blue and metallic gray to match and contrast the bright exterior of the truck. The exhaust is forced out through a set of ProFab manifolds and risers that channel the hot gases to the turbine. The custom exhaust setup is finished off in the bed with a polished 6-inch miter-cut stainless steel Silverline exhaust stack. They also installed a WCFab coolant tank and piping kit that is powder coated in matching blue.

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The 2003 received a facelift in 2005 after it was involved in a wreck. The new fascia hides a 600 hp 6.6L Duramax LB7 engine under the hood and behind the grill.

To augment the fuel system, Steve installed a FASS Fuel Systems Titanium Series 150-gph lift pump with CAT filters to ensure the engine’s standard high-pressure CP3 injection pump and injectors receive plenty of clean diesel as needed. Like most gearheads, Steve says his truck will never be completely “done” and is saving money for major fuel system upgrades in the near future (a bigger CP3 or possibly two CP3s and high-flow injectors). For the current setup, Steve relies on the turbo and custom EFILive tuning by Bob Olson of Team Twisted to coax more power from the otherwise stock 2003 6.6L Duramax LB7 engine. He estimates the truck makes around 600 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

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The engine is backed by a very unique gear combination that Steve stumbled upon while building the previous truck but didn’t get a chance to install due to the wreck. He uses an NV5600 six-speed manual transmission that was built for GM to use as a tester as the company explored options to replace the familiar ZF6 manual. GM eventually opted to eliminate the manual altogether, and Steve’s NV5600 eventually made its way onto an auction site where he purchased it along with the necessary hardware to install it.

The Duramax in all its glory features custom WCFab pipes, powder coating, and a BorgWarner S366SX-E turbocharger sitting atop the engine.

His 2003 Chevy was originally equipped with an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission, but since he had all the parts and pieces needed to install the NV5600, he did the shifting and enjoys rowing his own gears. The NV5600 is connected to the Duramax engine through a South Bend clutch dual disc clutch unit to handle the power while providing a smooth engagement.

In addition to the Cognito Motorsports lift kit and 33-inch wheel-and-tire combo, Steve installed a set of Pacific Performance Engineering strut sleeves to keep the truck straight under power. To tow heavy loads, he installed a B&W gooseneck hitch under the bed, with a swivel ball so he can load the bed when not towing the trailer. Being a daily driver regularly used for towing, hauling and work duties, Air Lift airbags are installed in the rear for proper load balancing. Steve also made a set of adjustable tie rods and had them powder coated metallic gray to keep the Silverado from twisting the leaf springs when he mash the high pedal.

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Using a Wehrli Custom Fabrication single turbo kit, Steven replaced the stock turbo and pipes with a powder coated BorgWarner S366SX-E unit.

To cover the build, Steve removed the rear bumper in favor of a smooth roll pan painted to match the body color, along with other exterior trim such as the front bumper, fender flares, tow mirrors, door handles, tailgate handles and grille surround. He then installed a quartet of rigid LED running lights in each of the lower bumper openings to light up the night as he blasts down the road. To spice up the rest of the lighting, he added a set of Recon smoked LED cab lights and taillights as well as lightly smoked headlights and accent LED parking lights. The bed is treated with a Line-X finish to protect it from work incidents and daily use.

Moving inside the cab, Steve kept the stock fabric interior with the rubber floor, but added custom diamond plate aluminum floor mats that he made. Of course, he removed the column-mounted automatic transmission gear and installed a floor-mounted stick for NV5600 gear selection. To keep an eye on the engine, he relies on an Edge Products CTS monitor and an analog AutoMeter Competition Instruments Cobalt 60-psi boost gauge mounted on top of the pillar. Finally, Steve installed a Pioneer touchscreen audio/video receiver at the factory with Pioneer speakers in the stock locations around to make cruising a little more enjoyable.

Steve’s Silverado may not ride on 40-inch tires with custom suspension or have a 1,500-hp race engine, but it’s still a great ride that’s certainly one-of-a-kind with its NV5600 manual transmission. Thanks to his hard work and help from his friend Kris Mims, his daily driven rig is a fun truck that keeps getting better as he keys it more and more.

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The WCFab high flow air filter provides the engine with plenty of clean air while the coolant tank cleans up the engine compartment.

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Steve also replaced the upper coolant hose with a WCFab coolant pipe kit that is also powder coated to match the truck.

Rigid LED cube lights are installed on either side of the front bumper to cut through the darkness.

The tow mirrors received the same color-matched paint treatment as just about every other removable exterior trim piece, giving the rig a very clean and sporty look.

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Rolling on 20×12 American Force Rebel wheels wrapped in 33X12.50R20 Nitto Ridge Grappler tires is a great look for the bright blue regular cab Chevy. It has just enough lift to clear the tires, but it’s still practical for work and daily driving.

Fox Factory Performance Series 2.0 shocks keep the front of the truck planted to the ground even in rough terrain.

Looking under the front, you can see the PPE strut sleeves as well as Fox dampers and Cognito Motorsports suspension components that add lift without lowering the torsion bar brackets and reducing ground clearance.

But then the manual gear shifter in the gear tunnel jumps out at you, making it clear that this ordinary cab is far from ordinary.

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Steve keeps an eye on the engine’s performance with an Edge Products CTS monitor and an AutoMeter Competition Instruments Cobalt 60-psi boost gauge.

To keep the floor clean and give the truck more unique style, Steve produced a set of diamond plate aluminum floor mats that hold up to work boots, dirt, grime and mud, and look great after a quick dry.

Steve gave his truck a great stance and profile with a great wheel and tire combo. Combined with a mild facelift and color-matched trim and tinted windows, the Silverado had universal appeal.

Since he uses it regularly as a work truck, Steve had a Line-X bed liner sprayed into the bed to protect the finish and prevent items from sliding around inside.

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The front of the bed is dominated by the 6-in

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