As you have undoubtedly read, when we last left off with Project Novakane (Throwdown Thrash, Volume 37, No. 10, page 92) it was painted and in the capable hands of Chassis by Aaron Iha for the final stages of the trucks performance transformation. All the paint and bodywork completed before that fateful trip were barely mentioned as the focus of the story was on the incredible fabrication and truncated time schedule necessitated to get Novakane running and competitive for Truckin’s 2011 THROWDOWN.
Take a step backward with us as we recant the tale of L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, and how the crew there managed to bang, weld, fill, grind, sand, and paint over the abused skin of our 2004 GMC Sierra. With nary a straight panel in sight and many of the stock items being ruined beyond repair, it was necessary to gather a few items to prepare for this mission. LMC Truck sent enough parts and accessories to make us feel like giddy children on Christmas. Included in the build was a paintable front bumper, valance, projector headlights with dual halo rings, grille shell, paintable door handles, roll pan, and all necessary hardware to mount the entire nose. Smoked LED taillights from Recon and LED turn signals from ANZO finished up the lighting array. Inside the LMC grille shell went a T-Rex grille insert, while out back the tailgate received a smooth Sir Michael’s skin with a handle flip kit from Street Scene keeping the gate’s functionality. The final piece of the custom bodywork was the through-the-body exhaust tip from Stylin’ Trucks.
We are well aware that the satin finishes and “murdered-out” theme have been running their course in the industry, but the sinister look achieved was too much to pass up for Novakane. In keeping with the newer laws in California and wanting to do what we could, even if only in small part, we sourced Auto Body Color and Supply in Nashville, Tennessee, for PPG’s latest and greatest water-born paints to get the dark and flat coloring necessary to finalize the GMC’s rendered look. Follow along as L&G breaks down the steps necessary to bring this desert beaten body to the arrow straightness required for our dark horse as it prepares to ride.