There will always be the argument that laying out a truck ruins it. While most custom truck enthusiasts know this isn’t true and that it can make the truck ride smoother, tow safer, and look amazing, there are guys out there who don’t realize the potential. For Brandon Obert of West Jordan, Utah, the idea of a ’bagged dualie couldn’t have been more enticing. So, he built himself one capable of being driven every day while hauling his other toys around.
Starting with a stock 1999 GMC C3500, Brandon set out to make it better than it was from the factory. Along with some help from Ron Linquist of Salt Lake City, the entire frame was stripped and prepped to be painted cobalt blue. Next, a set of DJM 3-inch drop spindles were bolted between Michigan Metal Works control arms. The rear received a four-link setup with a Watt’s link keeping the axle positioned. A quartet of Slam Specialties SS-7 ’bags and Monroe shocks work in conjunction to provide maximum layability and pothole relief. To finish off the rolling chassis, six Alcoa 22x8.25 dualie wheels were wrapped with Hankook Ventus ST tires.
“Brandon never needs an excuse to pull onto the highway and cruise an inch off the pavement. It’s just something he loves doing.”
Without wasting any time, Brandon began work on the body to create something truly unique. The first things to go were the antenna, stake pockets, bed floor, and bumpers. The bed floor was then welded back into the bed, just a bit higher to give the rearend some breathing room. A pair of Chevy front bumpers were bastardized and made into a custom GMC bumper and a roll pan finished up the rear nicely. Next, Brandon cut, widened, and stretched the dualie fenders to fit the wheel and tire combo better. After all the welds had cooled, the entire body was smoothed and covered in several coats of House of Kolor Black paint. Long, wispy Cobalt Kandy Blue traditional ghost flames were sprayed over the Black and then the whole thing was sealed in with numerous clearcoats.
The interior was on deck, and just like the rest of the truck, Brandon wanted something that would stand out. After pulling the seats, carpet, and headliner, Brandon took it all to Dale Hancock Upholstery, also in West Jordan, to have the work done. The seats received black vinyl with a paisley design to break it up. The headliner went solid black, as did the carpet. To match the seats, Brandon had the door panel inserts wrapped with black bandanas. A simple Rockford Fosgate audio system is all that was needed to finish off the interior.
After only six months, Brandon had himself an award-winning tow pig. He loves that no matter where he goes, the truck turns heads. Brandon wanted to thank all the people involved on the build, his friends, Severed Ties Utah, and his wife and kids for their love and support.
|Inside the Build|
|Year Make Model:|| 1999 GMC C3500HD|
|Owner and City/State:|| Brandon Obert -- West Jordan, Utah|
|Type:|| 7.4L Vortec|
|Exhaust:|| Custom with turn downs|
|Rearend:|| Stock with 4.10 gears|
|Front suspension:|| DJM 3-inch drop spindles, MMW control arms, Slam Specialties SS-7 ’bags, Monroe shocks|
|Rear suspension:|| Parallel four-link, Watt’s link, Slam Specialties SS-7 ’bags, Monroe shocks|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:|| 22x8.25 Alcoa Classic 8|
|Tires:|| Hankook Ventus ST 265/35R22|