Heavy-duty trucks have been at the forefront of the OEM automotive market for many years. Doing duty on farms, pulling heavy trailers, and being used and abused to get the job done has typically been the role of heavy-duty pickups. The Chevrolet dualie has been a staple in the use-it-and-abuse-it category of truck ownership for many years. While many of Chevrolet's six-wheeled workhorses have wound up in the hands of folks like Uncle Jessie from the Dukes of Hazzard over the last several years, quite a few of them have been swooped up by custom truck enthusiasts, laid out over big wheels, and splashed with elaborate paint schemes. Dualie trucks have certain characteristics that separate them from their 1/2-ton brethren. Wide rear fenders, heavy-duty suspension, dual rear wheels, and an excess of exterior lighting are the features that set dualies apart from other trucks on the road.
A dualie has sort of a big-rig feel to it, and nothing can match the feeling of driving a 1-ton crew cab down the highway. In addition to looking cool going down the road, dualies have typically been used for towing. Whether it's a boat, desert toy, street rod, or drag car, dualies have been a key ingredient in motorsports since their introduction. Yanking top fuelers to the line, hot-rod water rockets to the ramp, and dirt-slinging sandrails to the dunes, dualies have the guts to haul it all. The folks at H&H Trailer in Clarinda, Iowa, specialize in building custom open and enclosed trailers to cater to several different types of hobbyists, and when the company began dreaming up a wild custom pickup to serve as a business promotional tool to grace its booth at the 2003 SEMA Show, a dualie was the only way to go.
Brothers Calvin, Curtis, and Craig Hull brought H&H Trailer to life back in 1993. The brothers' original manufacturing plant was located in Braddyville, Iowa, where the company started manufacturing flatbed and utility-style trailers, with the first unit rolling off the assembly line on December 31, 1993. That particular trailer was the start of a thriving business that has expanded to include enclosed cargo trailers. H&H's current offerings include more than 250 different trailer models with more than 175 options. The range of production at H&H includes building custom trailers ranging in size from a single motorcycle trailer to a 52-foot-long car carrier. After 11 years in business, H&H has expanded to five different production facilities and currently has more than 300 dealers throughout the United States and Canada. With a business experiencing this kind of success, a good marketing plan was a must to keep orders coming, and part of that plan for 2003 was to build a wild custom truck wearing the H&H logo to serve as a business promotional tool and rolling business card.
Beginning with an '03 GMC C3500 HD dualie, the crew at H&H got rolling on a plan to hammer the truck to the ground, modify the body and brighten it up with color, and give the factory 6.6L turbodiesel an extra kick. To nudge the project into high gear, the truck was delivered to Super Stripes Customs in Henderson, Nevada, where shop owner Mike Martin and his team of expert metal-shapers and fabricators worked steadily to get this land yacht on the ground and coated with color.