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Custom 2002 GMC Sonoma - Visually Insane

Ernie Macias
Mar 1, 2008
Photographers: Joeseph Dowling
Juan Gomez picked up his new GMC at the dealer and soon found himself cruising the streets of Bryan, Texas, in a new truck with custom wheels. One day while driving around, a young boy came up to Juan and told him that his truck looked like one of those trucks in the magazines. This would change Juan's outlook on his truck and the plans he had for it, because at that moment, Juan swore he would turn his Sonoma into a show truck to be proud of.
And so it started. It took three years, but he got it to what you see here. Juan took his time, because he knew it was important to do things right the first time. Rushing only leads to problems, which will result in having to do work over again and Juan knew that. It wasn't easy. And it was especially hard for Juan when he saw his truck taken apart for eight months. It was just a frame and a cab lying around, but Juan knew he was working on the truck in the correct order.
Juan started by shaving all the panels and removing any unwanted obstacles, such as handles, squirters, and so on. He then 'bagged it with help and then moved on to the paint. Painting the truck wouldn't be as easy as you would think, however. Juan says the paint was so transparent that getting it to match evenly was a pain in the rear.
In the end, things worked out and the outcome was worth the hassle. Juan also said that none of this would have been possible without the support of his fiance; she's the one who really motivated him in his build and in life. "If it wasn't for her and Mike, I would have never picked up a paint gun or an air brush gun, so thanks to both of them," said Juan.
Photo 11/14   |   2002 Gmc Sonoma side View
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire

Wheels (Front): 20-inch Boyd Coddington Smoothie II
Wheels (Rear): 20-inch Boyd Coddington Smoothie II
Tires (Front): 225/35ZR20 Nitto Tire
Tires (Rear): 225/35ZR20 Falken
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Airbagged
Suspension (Rear): Two-link
Airbag type and size: (Front): 2500 Slam Specialties (Rear): 2600 Slam Specialties
Control arms: Stock and cut down
Spindles: 2-inch Belltech
Shocks: Monroe
Valves: 1/2-inch Blitzluft
Air line: 1/2-inch
Air accessories: Two nitrogen tanks, Firestone gauge
Frame mods: FBI Notch
Detail work: Painted Gun Metal Gray notch
Performed by: Mike, Trey, Daniel, and Juan Gomez
City/state: Bryan, Texas
Body Modifications
Shaved: Tailgate, third brake light, hood squirters, wiper cowl, antenna, rear and front steps, and the rear bumper
Taillights: Candied over the stock taillights
Exterior bolt-ons: Billet grille
Misc.: Cut down rear steps and bumper to sit flush with the body of the truck, Vortex bedliner
Performed by:, Ladd's Paint and Body, and owner Juan Gomez
City/state: Bryan, Texas
Brand and colors: Yellow and Baby Blue (DuPont Chroma Base & Hot Hues)
Style: Airbrush chrome moldings
Airbrushing: Chrome moldings
Misc.: Airbrushed by Juan Gomez
Performed by: Owner Juan Gomez and Mike Lapp
City/State: Bryan, Texas
Seats: Chopped down Sonoma seats
Material: Ostrich
Dash: Smoothed and painted pieces
Door panels: Upholstered to match seats, painted pieces with billet window cranks, and chrome handles
Center console: Factory-molded gauge and switches
Flooring: Dark gray carpet
Headliner: Dark gray to match seats
Gauges: White face gauges
Misc: BAD Gunslinger steering wheel and FBI billet kit
Performed by: Upholstery- Bryans Upholstery, Ladd's Paint and Body
City/state: Bryan, Texas
Special Thanks By Owner
To my parents, my fiance, Annie; Ladd's, including Trey and Daniel; all of Visual Insanity that helped out at shows, and Sid at Dixie Tire.


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