In a world of crazy graphics and slammed stances, it's hard to really stand out at a show-no matter how cutomized your truck is. Jeff Johnson of England, Arkansas, was able to overcome this difficult task by building a truck that is chopped, sporting two different custom door configurations, an amazing paint scheme, and an attention to detail typically found in the street-rod arena. So, why the obsession with creating a truck that had to stand out? It was simple: the man likes perfection and wanted a truck that displayed both his talents with metal and with a paint gun. The end result is more than just four wheels and an engine. The aftermath of that dedication is a cover truck appropriately named, High Maintenance.
Jeff owns a paint and body shop in England, which he creatively named, Jeff's Body Shop. When the decision came in July of 2002 to buy and build a truck, Jeff went with a body style that sparked the sport-truck revolution: a '94 GMC Sierra. With only $4,000 invested in the pink-slip transaction, Jeff had a good foundation to begin work, and he wasted little time warming up the welders.
The suspension was the first thing to go on the stock list as Jeff, Randy Hamilton, and David Webb went to work by adding the necessary components to drop the fullsize down to an appropriate level. With the frame blasted to bare metal, it was sprayed DuPont Tangier Orange. After the paint had time to dry, the reassembly began. Up front, a pair of DJM Suspension 2-inch drop spindles, Firestone airbags, 250 Extreme valves, and Air Ride shocks lowered the front. Out back, an Ekstensive two-link was used, along with Firestone 'bags, Extreme valves, and a relocated gas tank that allows the rear frame to touch the ground. The air was supplied by an engine-driven compressor, as well as two smaller compressors in the bed for backup duty. After some convincing from a certain magazine editor, Jeff bolted on a larger-than-he-wanted set of Cruiser Alloy Chillyn wheels measuring 22x9 inches with Hankook 265/35R22 tires protecting the cast hoops. Now that the truck was nice and low, the crew at Jeff's Body Shop went to work on what they do best: paint and body.
With a front view like this, do we really need to say anything?
The bodywork began with the Sawzall, as 6 inches were removed from the top. This large undertaking really changed the overall look of the truck, but that was only the beginning. With the top off of the truck, a huge 42x55-inch hole was trimmed out of the roof and replaced with a sliding ragtop for an open-air driving experience. Continuing with the body modifications, the Jeff's Body Shop team shaved the upper body line, welded the tailgate shut, removed the handles, antenna, and gas lid, and then added a Sir Michaels roll pan. Not to be outdone, they also swapped the stock door hinges in favor of suicide hinges on the passenger side, and a lambo-style on the driver side. Other not-so-subtle body tricks included the installation of a cowl hood, a Street Scene Equipment SS front bumper cover, and full tubs in the bed.
After the body had been prepped for paint, Jeff filled his spray gun with DuPont Tangier Orange and applied the bright hue as the basecoat. Now that the truck was orange, Jeff went to work masking a myriad of graphics, which included but were not limited to: flames, skulls, nuts and bolts, snakeskin, industrial gears, tear-away patterns, and even an iron cross here and there. By using DuPont Psycho Silver, Purple Passion, bright yellow, green, and black, the truck became as colorful as it is menacing. Hidden within the solid colors and graphics are ghosted skulls everywhere.
Twenty-two inch chrome wheels reside on the GMC at each corner.
Underneath the hood, more paint called the GMC home, along with chrome, billet, and an AIR
This poor passenger was blown away from the bass coming out of the four 10-inch Kicker sub