2002 GMC Denali - 24 By 3,500
Def Jam Denali
Santa Clarita resident Robb Robinson wanted to show what his body shop, One Off, could do. So when it came time to lay the smackdown, the choice was made to attack the sheetmetal of Robb's '02 GMC Denali. A shave was in order, so the MIG welder was plugged in and shaped pieces of sheetmetal were burned to the stock panels, removing all the external handles and third brake light.
The air compressor was cranked up to 125 psi and the impact spun the bolts off that held the rear bumper to the Denali frame. In its place, a roll pan was screwed to the bottom of the rear quarter panels. Then the cut-off wheel was snapped to the compressor and a carbon blade spinning 12,000 rpm sliced through the sheetmetal to shape a rectangular hole in the lower section of the roll pan.
The new hole in the roll pan was smacked with a hammer, while being supported by a mandrel to form the flare that surrounds the freshly cut hole. A chromed MagnaFlow Corvette-style exhaust exhales the V-8 engine through the custom-built roll pan. The gas door was welded and smoothed to clean up the body lines. Using a cut-off wheel, a welder, and the hinge from the old gas door, the rear taillight was given a second function as the new gas door.
With the Foose's Lusso 24x10-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in BFG 305/35/24 G-Force T/As, the stance on Robb's Denali was going to need a droop. The techs at One Off took the impact gun to the upper and lower ball joints so the stock knuckle could be replaced with Mike McGaughy's drop spindle and torsion key. Out back, McGaughy's drop goods came with enough drop to level the Denali out.
The five-spoke Lusso 24-inch wheels have huge voids between the spokes, displaying the underlying brake system. While the suspension was being upgraded, the stock brake system was replaced with Bear's Eradispeed 14-inch rotors and aluminum sport calipers. All the Caddy goods were adapted to the Denali's exterior, including the roof rack, B-pillar caps, and rear glass.
What really makes this truck is the interior. A fine mix of custom fiberglass work and electronics makes Robb's Denali a hit in the mobile-entertainment department. A Pioneer head unit replaces the stock unit, providing clean CD sound and audio controls. The head unit feeds low-impedance signals to three 800-watt Alphasonic mono amplifiers and one 1,000-watt five-channel amp.
The five-channel amp runs four 6-1/2-inch-diameter mids and mid bass couplers that are custom-mounted in fiberglass pods fabbed to the door panels. Six tweeters are flush-mounted in the completely custom fiberglass headliner. Three Alphasonic 15-inch subs and three 800-watt amps that power the drivers are displayed in a sick scratch-built enclosure that fills the rear cargo area. An Audio Vox DVD player supplies the video to the 13-inch and 7-inch screens in the custom center console.
A kid from Laos (a small country between Vietnam and Thailand) by the name of Khamla Seelapasay works for Robb. Khamla's skill in custom work is superb, and he performed all the body mods and 'glasswork on the Denali.
With the body and interior ready to go, the pigment was laid down. Black and Lamborghini Orange were shot over the exterior and fiberglass work. Flames make up the transition between the two-tone black and orange. The flames are shot in black and are overlaid by a deep red flame to help smooth the transition. Herb Martinez pinstriped the transitional flames in green, which breaks up the colors nicely.