Erick Ramirez owns Xtreme Tint in Whittier, California, and like many shop owners hoping to grab the attention of would-be customers, he applied some of his best handiwork to a show-winning truck that's hard to ignore. By calling on local shops known for their quality work, Erick was left with a unique ride that serves as his calling card and as his daily driver.

The base of this custom is a '77 GMC Jimmy that's been in Erick's family since 1978, when his mother bought it. After almost 30 years of existence as a stock truck, Erick decided the Jimmy deserved better. First on his list was the body, as Cadillac taillights went in and emblems and door handles came out. The '77 grille wasn't going to cut it, so the Jimmy was reborn as a Blazer when Erick swapped it in favor of '91 Blazer front sheetmetal, grille, and quad headlights. With the body updated, Jeff, of Merzees Paint Designs at Santa Fe Springs, California, was given the reins as several Alsa products were applied, beginning with a Nevada Silver basecoat. The graphics were sprayed using custom mixes of candy blue and purple with a few coats of Prizmacoat for a truly custom effect. Finally, the graphics were finished off with pinstriping by Kent Garcia to really make them jump off of the truck. Of course, Erick had to add matching tint. So, he went to work on the 3M films to add more tribal graphics on the front windows and a mural of dragons on the rear windows, which showcased his talents.

Completing the package is the right stance, and with 26-inch TIS wheels and 30-series Kumho radials tucked way into the fenderwells, Erick's two-door delivers. Winning Edge Customs in Buena Park, California, dropped the truck using DJM upper and lower control arms and a 2-inch drop spindle with 2,800-pound Firestone airbags up front and a two-link with 2,600-pound 'bags in the rear. Two Viair 380C compressors coupled to three 3-gallon tanks fill the 'bags in a hurry.

Just because Erick's calling card is on the outside doesn't mean he ignored the interior. Erick called on Winning Edge Customs to create a one-of-a-kind audio landscape. With the rear seats out of the way, Winning Edge built a fiberglass enclosure to hold two 12-inch Audiobahn Eternal subs and a total of five Audiobahn amps. The amps also provide power for six tweeters and ten Audiobahn 5-1/2-inch separates mounted in the tailgate, kick panels, and the fiberglass spires that rise from the enclosure. Erick controls the audio with a Clarion DVD head unit that also displays video on two 10-inch monitors, one mounted to the top of the windshield and the other to the rear of the sub enclosure. Winning Edge also handled the custom dash, door panels, and center console that house the Clarion head unit. Advanced Specialties took care of the upholstery, as silver suede and Burberry plaid were applied to the GMC buckets, door panels, dash, and tailgate. Capping off the interior are a BAD Wraith billet steering wheel and a set of Auto Meter C2 gauges that help Erick keep an eye on the 350ci V-8 under the hood.

Erick's work has paid off, as his GMC/Chevy grabs your attention like no other, and he wanted to give thanks to Merzees Paint Designs, Winning Edge Customs, and Advanced Specialty for all of their hard work. Also, special thanks go to TIS, Audiobahn, and Steve at Alsa for supplying the finishing touches that truly put his truck over the top.

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