There's nothing wrong with taking a truck to a shop, writing a check, and picking it up a few weeks later looking like you had envisioned, but there's something special about knowing every square inch of your truck like it was the back of your hand. For Juan De La Hoya of Marble Falls, Texas, spending late nights working on the truck with his brother Lucian, friends Roman Garza and Alex Aguilar, and other buddies provided six months worth of memories and stories that are priceless. Looking at this 2000 Chevy, it's easy to see love was poured into the buildup of this bodied fullsize. Best of all, Juan can look at himself in the rearview mirror and know that his own hands created a feature-worthy truck.

Being low wasn't an option for Juan, which explains why he and Roman Garza cut nearly 4 inches out of the cab to make the truck lay its body on the ground. Thanks to McGaughy's drop spindles, an Ekstensive two-link, AirLift Dominator 'bags, and KYB shocks, Juan can cruise with the truck just a few inches off of the ground. Tucked hard at all four corners are 24-inch Raceline Deceptive Six wheels wrapped in Kumho 275/30R24 tires.

The best way to learn bodywork is to get in there and start fixing your mistakes. Juan and Alex Aguilar shaved the taillights, door handles, cab seams, handles, mirrors, and then added a flush LED strip and a Cali Combo to smooth out the bed. The GMC Sierra front end throws people for a loop, and everyone wants to know where the hood came from—it's a modified Chevy HD piece. A custom mix of Spies Hecker Blue was applied by, you guessed it, Juan himself. He also taped off the subtle black graphic and sprayed it.

Inside, a matching Raceline steering wheel serves as the driving command center, and helps brighten up the uniquely painted dash, door panels, and center console. Ed's and ABC Upholstery teamed up to cover the seats with black leather and alligator, wrapped the headliner, and armrests. A large center console extends from the dash to the rear seats, which are home to the 12-inch MTX subs. The iPad in the dash plays movies, music, or can also serve as the navigation source.

Juan tells us, "So many all nighters sucked, but it was definitely worth it." We agree and can't wait to what he and his friends build next time.