Trends come and go. This isn't a particularly astonishing proclamation, however, it is a black and white fact. Building a show-stopping GMC in early 2009, Justin Veit of Insane Kustoms, in Phoenix, enjoyed taking home trophies and garnering the respect of others while competing in the show scene. Fast-forward a few years and the one-off gold paint with crazy looking clowns was still glistening in the Arizona sunshine, but he didn't have the same affinity for the GMC that he once did. Rather than just sell the truck and move on to the next project, Justin embraced the idea of creating a fresh new look out of the same truck. He and I talked on the phone about creating two late-model time machines, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I was contemplating changing up our '09 Ram when I mentioned a more hot-rod-influenced feel for the project. Justin said he was thinking along the same lines but wanted something that would last with the “here today, gone tomorrow” trends. We then agreed to build the two different trucks in a similar style—one that wouldn't grow old anytime soon. Calls were made, parts ordered, and a plan put into place to transform his '06 Sierra into a more modern looking truck with an old-school soul.

The first stop was Lucky Luciano Custom Paint, also in Phoenix. There, Lucky and his talented team of fabricators stripped the perfectly good GMC to its bare carcass. Each wildly painted fiberglass panel of the interior was sanded down and painted House of Kolor Orion Silver. While the interior was still out of the truck, the body was evaluated and an entire '07 GMC Sierra front clip was ordered from LMC Truck. The frontend conversion, as seen in issues 9 and 10 of this year, wasn't a simple bolt-on install, rather it took melding two fenders into one custom-fit piece and also required a unique fiberglass wiper cowl. Years of bodywork paid dividends, as the new LMC parts fit seamlessly and look factory-equipped. After sanding the crazy graphics off of the body panels, Lucky filled his spray gun with House of Kolor Black Diamond and applied the gorgeous hue to the entire truck. Long and wispy flames were then taped off and masked for House of Kolor Blue Blood Red and another set of licks in Orion Silver. Together, the three colors look timeless. Lucky's final assignment was to bolt on the Paramount Restyling 3D horizontal billet grille that uses 4mm and 8mm billet bars to create a unique look.

Slammed to the ground by way of a KP six-link kit, McGaughy's drop spindles, and Firestone airbags, Justin left the suspension as it was back in '09, but with the new paint and new frontend, the black cast wheels were scrapped for something with more style. Enter Raceline, and their new Explosion billet wheel with intricate milling on each spoke. Each 26x10 billet hoop was polished to a mirror-like finish and wrapped in 305/30R26 Toyo Proxes ST-II tires for superior traction and protection. Upgrading the previous braking system, Justin stepped up to AP Racing/Stillen 14.25-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. Matching the red flames perfectly, the bright red AP calipers provide an impressive blend of performance and good looks.

Back inside the Sierra, each silver-painted panel was carefully reinstalled and the black leather seats were bolted in place. A 48-inch LED strip was installed at the base of the rear window to alert gawkers of Justin's braking and lane intentions. It's amazing how changing the cabin's colors from gold with airbrushed clowns on the dash to hot rod silver dressed up the interior and made it look higher-end. Continuing with the luxury theme, Bell Auto Upholstery, in Phoenix, covered the headliner in black suede.

Side by side, Justin's GMC and our Ram look like they could have rolled off a time machine transporter. Classic flames, big billets, and trick interiors are all nice on their own merit, but add to that the rumble of a 512hp V-8, and you have yourself a thing of beauty.

Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2006 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State: Justin Veit • Phoenix, Arizona

Engine:
Type: 6.0L LS2
Heads: Mast Motorsports Black Label
Cam: Comp Cam with .601 lift
Induction: FAST LSX
Exhaust: JBA headers and MagnaFlow muffler
Cooling: Electric fans
Fuel System: 15 gallon fuel cell with Aeromotive pump
Ignition: Stock coils with JBA wires
Engine Management: Painless Performance harness and custom tune
Output: 512 hp and 494 lb-ft
Built by: Insane Kustoms • Phoenix, Arizona

Drivetrain:
Transmission: 4L60E
Rearend: Narrowed 10-bolt

Chassis:
Front suspension: KP Components A-arms, McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles, Firestone 2600 airbags
Rear suspension: KP Components six-link with Watt's link
Brakes: AP Racing/Stillen 14.25-inch rotors with six-piston calipers (F) and AP Racing/Stillen 14-inch rotors with four-piston calipers (R)

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: Raceline Explosion 26x10
Tires: Toyo Proxes II 305/30R26

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