Attention was then focused on the bodywork portion of the project, once again starting with a rust-free example helped to speed things along. The Lane boys, Gary and Terry, set about fitting and finishing each panel to perfection, all the while resisting fellow truckers urges to convert the truck to Chevrolet front sheetmetal. In Gary's eyes one of the things that makes his truck special is the fact that it isn't a Chevrolet. The truck was reassembled with stainless steel bolts and all of the stock trim was returned to the truck. Wherever possible new trim was used in place of the old trim; things like door handles, mirrors, headlights, grille, and taillights are all new items.

When the truck was ready for paint Gary was certain it would not be green. As a matter a fact he went to the opposite side of the color wheel and selected a brilliant Torch Red. Jim Allensworth at Complete Collision laid down the basecoat/clearcoat and then Gary brought the truck home and color sanded and buffed the paint to a flawless finish.

All that remained was the interior, and once again improvements were made that blend in so well that they appear factory original. The factory air was replaced with a Vintage Air unit and the Hushmat insulation helps keep things cool and quiet in the cabin. An ididit steering column is topped with a Grant steering wheel, while Painless Wiring connects all things electrical. The factory tach was sent out for repairs and all the stock gauges are now wearing custom white faces. The upholstery over the factory seat was handled by Grant's Upholstery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In less than two years the GMC went from a nice survivor truck to a first-class hauler. The truck grabs its fair share of awards wherever it goes, and it has seen a couple thousand miles of road work in the four months since completion.

Now Gary swears this is the first and only frame-off build he'll ever do, but we've all heard that story before. Of course, he goes on to say how much fun it was working with his son and wife on the project. Somewhere out there another project will catch his eye but, for now, Gary and Pam are content to do their hot rod hauling in a brilliant red GMC Sierra.

CHASSIS FRAME: restored stock
REAREND / RATIO: 12-bolt GM / 3.73:1
REAR SUSPENSION: restored stock
STEERING BOX: Flaming River
FRONT WHEELS: 17x9.5 Billet Specialties
REAR WHEELS: 18x10.5 Billet Specialties
FRONT TIRES: 255/50ZR17 Fusion ZR1
REAR TIRES: 285/60ZR18 Fusion ZR1
GAS TANK: custom owner-designed, fabricated by Boyd Welding