"Do it right or don't do it at all," exclaims Bobby Leek, owner and rebuilder of this Colorado. If you feel for some reason that it looks familiar, you would be 100-percent correct. Flip back a few years to the October 2009 issue, and you'll see a familiar face, but to Bobby, the truck wasn't even close to its full potential back then. "Just because it's on the cover of a magazine doesn't mean it was done correctly."

"What started out as just a new paint job turned into a complete rebuild from bumper to bumper, top to bottom. "As we tore into the truck, we found more and more problems. Bad bodywork, bad prep and paint, poor welding, fabrication, and rust—you name it, we found it," Bobby continues to tell us. It would be near impossible to gauge the quality of the inner workings of any machine until everything is ripped apart and exposed under the light of day.

With the excavation for a solid point to begin the rebuild well underway, Bobby was haunted at every turn; "I constantly felt like we'd take one step forward, then three steps back. We'd find a problem, fix it, only to find more headaches waiting for us." Determined to have something reliable to cruise in, Bobby pressed on and hoped to polish the lump of coal he had in front of him into gleaming gold.

After 10 months of rebuilding, Bobby beat every opposing obstacle into submission. "Honestly, it would be easy to say "rebuild a different truck," but it was still a good experience. We learned a lot along the way that we can apply to future builds, and it feels great knowing that everything is done correctly."

Do it right or don't do it at all

Owner: Bobby Leek
Ride: 2004 Chevy Colorado
Hometown: Bourbonnais, IL
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 22x9.5 Eagle Alloys
Tires: 245/30/22 Wanli

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Firestone 2600 'bags
Suspension Rear: Firestone 2500 'bags, two-link with Panhard bar
Control Arms: Modified stock uppers and lowers
Shocks: Monroe
Compressor(s): Viair 450
Frame Mods: 2x4 custom frame, Z'd in front, rear step notch
Misc.: Entire frame painted gloss black
Performed By: Aero Straight

Body Modifications
Shaved: All handles and gas door
Bodydrop: Stock-floor
Body Mods: Molded tailgate, Grant Kustoms roll pan with modified plate
Misc.: Firewall and bed floor tubbed, motorcycle gas cap flush mounted in bed,
Performed By: Aero Straight

Paint
Brand & Colors: Custom mixed DuPont Metallic Gold
Performed By: Aero Straight

Interior
Seats: Black leather with gold stitching
Dash: Stock smoothed and painted
Misc.: Black leather headliner, Billet Specialties steering wheel and window cranks, leather accents
Performed By: Aero Straight and Nancy Kadow

Stereo
Head Unit: Kenwood
Mids & Highs: Boston Acoustics
Subwoofers: Memphis Audio M1
Amplifiers: Memphis Audio
Misc.: Custom box behind seat
Performed By: Aero Straight

Engine/Performance
Engine: Four-banger
Intake: Custom
Header/Exhaust: Flowmaster
Transmission: Stock five-speed
Rearend Type: Rebuilt '78 Datsun
Detail Work: Intake and manifold painted gold
Misc.: Optima Red Top cell
Performed By: Aero Straight

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my wife Rachel for the constant support and patience, Mom and Dad for their support and letting me use their garage for parts storage during the build. NONE of this would have been possible without my buddy Sean Waugh. He's the main man behind Aero Straight and it's always great working beside and learning from him. Thanks to Sean's mom for the use of her garage too, and Bob-O, Kevin and Travis. I am proud to be associated with a great group of people, my appreciation is greater than words can express."