Nobody needs a better reason than pure desire when it comes to customizing a truck designed for one purpose, and one purpose only-cruising. Luis Villarreal, from Houston, tore into his '92 GMC Sierra with a little help from his father, Luis Sr., with the sole intent to piece together a completely custom vehicle to whip around town in. Over a three-year period, team Villarreal turned a not-so-sharp, early '90s fullsize truck into a legitimate street creature.
The first step in building an asphalt-abusing hauler is first modifying the suspension, and in the case of Luis' Sierra, the only direction to head was south. In order to do so successfully, the truck was dropped off at Mando's Drop Shop in Houston, where it was equipped with McGaughy's drop spindles up front, and a custom two-link setup in the rear. Firestone 'bags were planted at each corner, and to complete the low-slung suspension, a set of slick, 20x8.5-inch Centerline Smoothie wheels covered in 265/40R20 Hankook skins were bolted up to battle the mean streets.
With most of the main components of a true street truck well taken care of, Luis checked his truck in at TC Auto Works in Donna, Texas, where it was stripped clean of the antenna, tailgate handles, and the third brake light. The front bumper was custom-fabricated to sit as flush as possible, and the rear bumper was replaced with a Sir Michael's roll pan for added cleanliness. To really get the truck noticed, a few coats of PPG Daytona Blue were applied to its surface, and a hearty helping of skulls, pinstriping, silver leaf, and true fire flames were layered on to ensure that Luis' ride makes a lasting impression wherever it goes.
The Sierra's cabin received the same attention to detail as its exterior with painted interior plastic, and a dash and center console that was sprayed to match the killer paint scheme. Arjona's Upholstery, in Pasadena, Texas, covered the bucket seats with blue leather and used alligator inserts to add an exotic finishing touch.
Of course, no custom cruiser would be complete without a loud, booming sound system and Luis' is complete with an Alpine CDA-9886 head unit, two 10-inch Kicker CVR subs, TMA 61/2-inch components located in the center console, and a pair of 61/2-inch Rockford Fosgate components in the door panels. To power the abundance of audio components, two Memphis 1000-watt amps were wired up, and do an excellent job of feeding the power hungry speakers.
With the truck completed, Luis found himself truly happy with how his born again GMC turned out. He commented about how his dad wasn't too thrilled with the air-ride suspension at first, but that he finally came around to the idea. Being the nice guy that he is, Luis makes sure to pack up his sisters almost every weekend for a necessary cruising session. As you can tell, this truck definitely spends a great deal of time on the road, which is exactly what we like to see of our featured rides. Custom trucks should be built to drive, and that's what Luis does with his day in and day out.