Building custom trucks can take shape under many facets. Running the course to the point where a project can be labeled completed is a bumpy road of changed minds and altered visions. When Ivan Alaniz, of Baytown, Texas, decided to build a fresh-from-the-showroom 2007 GMC Sierra pickup, he had pictured a new face and a color change—but that was all. The rest of the details would be handled as the proverbial dice were rolled. After all, he was a member of Ground Zero and had many other show trucks under his belt, so this should have been easy. Then the bumpy road began and the party got started.
With the rear wheel openings matched to the front, the truck’s skin takes on the appearanc
Now to most people, the new generation of GMC front sheetmetal and plastic is quite an attractive feature versus the previous generation. GM did its homework and built a new body style it could be proud of. Ivan felt the same way too, but his preference leaned towards the new Yukon front fascia. What happened next was the only thing that would make Ivan happy. An ’07 Yukon clip was purchased and the facelift onto the Sierra was handled at Da Shop in Baytown. Ivan’s brother, Nico, also works at Da Shop, and the duo color-matched the new face and nose to the original Stealth Gray Metallic. A static drop was bolted under the truck and 24-inch SLC63 wheels from Billet Specialties were trimmed in Stealth Gray to match the stock exterior color. After a year of driving the Sierra with that combination, the winds of change in Ivan’s imagination began blowing again. The Yukon nose on the truck was left standing and the rest of the truck was massaged to match the new body lines. Ekstensive Metalworks, in Houston, was tasked with adding the Yukon’s rear wheel openings and Yukon Denali taillights to the truck. With that done, the tailgate handle was shaved, a roll pan replaced the rear bumper, and the interior of the bed was fully smoothed in sheetmetal. Back in Da Shop, Nico pulled the GMC apart in preparation for a full, front-to-back color change. After doing the final bodywork on all the new and old skin, a custom blend of PPG from Tasco Auto Color, aptly named Jet Green, was filled in a spray gun and laid down. The final dressing came in the form of Denali grille inserts, a color-matched spray-in bedliner, and a paint-shooting skeleton on the smooth tailgate.
Running ultra-wide rear wheels is almost the norm in Texas now. These Intro wheels are 24x
Most people would have been happy and left well enough alone at that point, but as has been proven before, Ivan wasn’t happy with status quo. Round three turned out to be serious, though. Ivan contacted Bill Carlton and his band of merry men at Ekstensive Metalworks in Houston. With a clear plan of attack, Ekstensive set out to twist some steel. The front suspension saw new Belltech spindles and a pair of handcrafted airbag-ready lower control arms bolted into place. Completely custom rear framework was created reaching back to the tailgate from the rear of the cab. A four-link holds the narrowed factory axle in place, which uses Moser axles for added strength. All four corners were fit with air bellows from Firestone with Bilstein dampers. The Billet Specialties wheels were unceremoniously swapped for a quartet of 24-inch Intro Hauler versions. And just to add dramatic effect, the rear wheels were custom ordered in a massive 15-inch width with only 3 inches of backspacing. The math works out to nearly a foot of rear wheel lip. Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires spec out to 405/25R24 and do their best to cover the entire rear wheel and provide traction for the high-horsepower LS engine.