Texas Tea

September 2nd, 2011

Text and Photos by Jason Mulligan

Owner: William Hood, 2001 GMC Sierra, Willis, TX

A Hot Rod Sierra

We make plenty of decisions on a daily basis, and some are more drastic than the choice of soup or salad at lunch. William Hood of Willis, Texas, picked up a bone-stock ‘01 GMC Sierra, and after cruising it around, he decided to customize it. He is an electrician who often works overseas, so the build began slowly, but William got hooked on the process and picked up the pace. As his enthusiasm increased, William decided to turn his mild truck into a full-blown show vehicle. He located a trio of reliable shops in the Conroe area, and that’s when the ball really got rolling.

The first stop was at Chaotic Rod & Customs in Conroe, Texas. Mike, Chris, Rocky and the guys worked to get the Sierra’s suspension closer to the ground over 24 x 10-inch Boss 333 wheels and 275/30R24 Kumho tires. In order to tuck the massive rims, the rearend was narrowed and fit with a custom link setup and Slam Specialties airbags. A Flowmaster exhaust was installed and dumped before the axle. William cruised the truck around Texas when he wasn’t at work overseas, but he wasn’t near finished yet.

William delivered the truck into the capable hands of Cory Scott at Kustom Werx Auto Body. His first step was to update the front end to the luxury styling level of GMC’s Denali model. Out back a Grant Kustoms roll pan was welded and smoothed. The taillights were shaved and an LED bar was installed in between the smoothed tailgate and roll pan. The bed had been outfitted with wheel tubs and a notch cover before it was hit with a spray-in bedliner. Then it was sanded smooth and painted a PPG Black basecoat before Pat Maxwell was brought in to work his magic. Pat created a full set of hot rod-inspired flames that fade from yellow to red. Finally, to set everything off, pinstriping was added to the flames and tailgate.

The final step was to continue the loud hot rod theme on the inside of the truck. For that task, the truck was sent to Junior’s Upholstery, where Joey stitched up the seats in red leather. All of the interior plastics were painted with soft feel paint by Kustom Werx to match the leather. A Billet Specialties Rat Tail steering wheel and other billet accessories topped things off before William set out to complete the interior with plenty of tunes. He crafted a custom-ported subwoofer box tuned to 34hz underneath the seat. Twelve-inch Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofers powered by a Rockford Fosgate Power T-1500 amplifier were also added. Infinity Kappa mids and highs were installed, along with a pair of T-400-2 amplifiers to complete the sound system. William’s decision to build a full custom show truck was worth every bit of time and energy, thanks to the quality shops that completed the work.

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One Response to “Texas Tea”

  1. Balboa777 (http://www NULL.motortopia NULL.com/Balboa777) says:

    I always loved dat truck since i saw it in Street Trucks magazine!

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