Just like black primer and red steel wheels won't make a car "traditional", throwing every hot-rod design cue onto a truck won't necessarily make for an attractive overall look. For Robby Silva, of Mendota, California, adding just the right amount of classic car styling to his '05 GMC Sierra was paramount in building his ultimate, and first, custom truck. After almost three years of continuous improvement, we think Robby hit his target, and two years after initially seeing the truck, we photographed it in Visalia, California.
One long-standing tradition that custom cars brought us is two-tone paintjobs. Insane graphics grab more attention, but two-tones are still a perennial favorite. Darren Montgomery of Montgomery's Auto Body shaved the tailgate and welded in a Sir Michael's roll pan before prepping the rest of the body for Aaron Montgomery and his spray gun. Good old-fashioned black was sprayed on top, while a contemporary and subdued Graystone Metallic, both from PPG, was sprayed over the lower half. For more of a classic feel, Rick Morgan stepped in and airbrushed realistic chrome trim reminiscent of a '50s Chevy from the headlights all the way around to the tailgate. Midway down the cab, the airbrushed trim separated to allow for a strip of realistic flames-another classic custom trend updated for a modern look. Rick also added his touch to the truck by breaking up the monotony of the hood with an airbrushed emblem similar to a '56 Chevy, as well as pinstriping down the center of the hood that continues, seemingly unimpeded by the windshield, onto the painted dash.
Following the pinstriping across the dash, Robby brought the classic paint themes into play right up the center of the seats thanks to Hector's Upholstery in Fresno. Both front and rear seats were covered in black and gray tuck 'n' roll vinyl with pinstripe-inspired stitching that follows down the center of the truck. More of Rick's handiwork can be seen in a traditional Von Dutch-style flying eyeball on the Billet Specialties Chicayne steering wheel. Additional billet can be found on the door panels, vents, dash knobs, instrument panel, and an AVS knuckle duster switch housing.
For his suspension, Robby relied on the work of DnD Fabrication and 559 Customs, both in Fresno, California. The front of the frame was reinforced by John Banda at 559 to accept AVS Dominator 'bags that work in concert with powdercoated control arms from The Choppin' Block and 2-inch drop spindles from McGaughy's. Danny at DnD took on the rear suspension by welding in a custom bridge notch out of 1 1/2-inch round tubing and mounting the axle to a parallel four-link with a Panhard bar. Like the front, Dominator 'bags and Monroe shocks were used to control the ride. The last step was raising the fuel tank two inches to get the truck to tuck the 22x8-inch Enkie K6 wheels and 265/35R22 Nitto NT420 tires without interference.
After three years of hard work, getting everything just the way he wanted bit by bit while going to school, Robby can finally call his Sierra complete. He wanted to thank Darren and Aaron Montgomery, Julio Hernandez and Allen at Auto Enhancement, and Luis Hernandez for their help along the way. Of course we can't forget his fellow Aftermath club members, not just because they helped Robby with his GMC, but because of their BBQ skills. We're not saying Robby's truck wouldn't have been featured without the carne asada, but it sure made our decision easier.
Audio Innovations installed the Pioneer touchscreen 7-inch head unit to control speakers i
Performance mods were kept simple. Luis Hernandez tuned the 5.3L V-8 with a Superchips pro