Closely examining the '02 GMC in the scorching Texas sun, you may need to step back for fear of large, scaled reptiles roaming the multicolored rig. Applied to the paint are flames, skulls, and the remnants of a Texas-size alligator. Themes are diverse in this truck, as are the owner, the people who built it, and the Ground Zero club that shows it. No trailer queen here, with 33,000 miles on the odometer, this truck was built to enjoy every moment. Pedro Rodriguez set out to build a good-looking show truck that led to this truck's reptilian look and feel, scales included.
Initially, the new '02 GMC was to be slightly modified with big wheels and a bumping sound system, but like many truck customizations, Pedro got a little carried away. The Edinburg, Texas, resident started by lowering the truck with Firestone 2500 airbags in the front and Slam Specialties airbags out back. Using 450 Extreme valves and nitrogen, the truck lifts and lowers with the quickness of a push on his remote. Installed in his garage, Pedro wasn't going to mess around with letting someone else hack on his daily driver. Dumped on the factory rolling stock, a change was in order and he called the pros at Boyd Coddington wheels. Shipped to his door, the 22x10-inch Turbines added the sweet look that only billets can achieve, and large P295/30R22 Pirellis keep each corner firmly planted on the hot Texas asphalt.
Needing more power to plant his butt in the seat, Pedro installed a K&N Aircharger, a Hypertech Power Programmer, and a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust giving the 5.3L a nice hot-rod rumble. Optima batteries hidden under the bed keep the truck starting every time, and dual high-output alternators keep the system fully charged. Raising the hood reveals a bevy of PPG Hot Red-painted plastic pieces, including the Cadillac manifold cover, intake, fan shroud, and relay box.
Open either door and prepare yourself for plenty of color, texture, and sound. Jimenez Custom Upholstery, of Mission, Texas, re-covered the seats in a great-looking dark brown leather with alligator skin throughout. The airbag cover, the handles, the door panel trim, and the center console are now covered in the exotic material. Take a closer look and you'll notice the ridge of the gator's back running down the center of each headrest, a detail we thought was awesome.