Most truck owners strive to build a hot ride that they can roll around in. Those dreams usually include a certain amount of modifications or colors, the right stance, killer wheels, and maybe the ability to nab a trophy or two at the local shows. For Edgardo "Eddy" Diaz, enjoying the hobby and getting his truck in a magazine were his motivating desires. After beginning-and not completing-another truck, Eddy knew he had to step up his game if he was going to fulfill his fantasy of a magazine-worthy feature article. Hence, this '01 fully flaked GMC.
After the previous truck did not get anywhere near completion, Eddy sold it and used the money to purchase a new vehicle for his wife, Meisy. But, in a twist that would alter their next couple of years together, Meisy handed Eddy the keys to the '01 GMC-it was her truck! With Meisy happily driving her new car, Eddy was free to tear headlong into a fresh truck project. After blowing apart the factory suspension, Belltech 2-inch drop spindles were matched by Firestone 2600 airbags up front, and then a two-link replaced the leaf springs out back. After fitting another pair of Firestone 'bags over the rear axle with a bridge notch, David Rojas plumbed the system with copper airline and 1/2-inch valves. Twenty-two-inch VCT Capone wheels and low-profile Kumho rubber were bolted onto each corner with detailed and painted stock brakes peering through. A barely touched 4.3L V-6 pushes the low-slung truck down the road.
Eddy knew darn well that a stock body wasn't going to get far in a custom truck magazine, so he dropped his GMC off with Alex Tamez from Big Boy Rides in Houston, Texas. Alex set out to clean up the truck's lines by shaving the door handles, tailgate handle, and adding a roll pan to the rear in place of the bumper. An '03 front bumper and grille were swapped on and filled with polished billet grilles, both top and bottom. The plain GM-applied exterior color wasn't suitable, so colors from PPG's Vibrance Collection were chosen in O-So-Orange, Aquamarine, and Key Lime. Coupland Signs in La Porte, Texas, did the final airbrushing of the swoops, which are filled with reptilian scales and sinister eyes that stare down the competition. The stock taillights and third brake light were painted over to blend with the scheme and a billet antenna finished the array.
The '01 grille and bumper were tossed aside for their '03 counterparts, then stuffed with
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After finishing the re-coloring of the GMC's skin, Coupland Signs airbrushed plenty of det
Interiors are tough to finish because there are a myriad of options, and like an English muffin, there are many nooks and crannies to fill. To fill the void, a dash was painted to match the exterior, and it was filled with a few billet knobs and a steering column, which was topped by a Billet Specialties steering wheel with a half wrap of 'gator flesh. A Clarion 7-inch flip-screen hangs from the dash and controls the fully amped Infinity speakers throughout the cab and custom center console stuffed with a Kicker L7. Then, both door panels were painted flat black, and some shine was tossed in the mix by adding chrome Cadillac inner door handles. Alligator and black vinyl creep over the remaining areas, including the seats and headliner. While Clemente's Upholstery was busy placing all bits of dark matter in the GMC's cab, they also laid down fresh abyssal black carpet. Billet foot pedals control the rig and add to the contrasts built around the interior. Eddy finished up the interior by pinstriping the word "Edward"-his son's name-onto the passenger airbag.
Now completed, Eddy and his wife Meisy are cruising in style and with the killer paintjob full of flakes, the truck has garnered first place trophies in both Best Paint and Best Flake at shows like Texas Showdown and Texas Heatwave. A member of Big Boy Rides, Eddy finished his truck due in part to David Rojas of Big Dave's Accessories, Clemente Banda at Clemente's Upholstery, Louis Galicia from Billet Customs, Alex Tamez in the club, and of course, Eddy's wife Meisy, son Edward, and daughter Giselle. It's a full family affair. Let the good times roll.