1993 GMC Sierra - Inferno
Napalm Vs. Mother Nature
Chris Sandoval applied the Matrix red and real-fire flames. Firefighters are always on call for David's Inferno. As the sun set on our photo shoot of this laid-out '93 GMC, the temperature didn't drop and the moon seemed fearful to rise. You see, this fullsize extended cab looks as if it's a rolling bonfire, with some good friends, cold drinks, and music as the only things missing. Making Mother Nature piss her pants suit isn't an easy feat, but arriving in this flamed, body-dropped ride has a virtual natural disaster effect. David Morse, Inferno's owner, surrounded himself with talented friends and spent the better part of three years making sure his ride was hotter than hot.
Rolling the '93 GMC 1500 into his one-car garage in Alvin, Texas, David and his long-time friend Tim Donelson, began tearing into the truck and focusing on the chassis. Using 1/8-inch plate, the entire frame was boxed, 2-inch Belltech spindles bolted on along with tubular upper A-arms, and a traditional body drop performed to the cab. David and Tim installed 1/2-inch air line with GC450 valves for the Firestone 'bags. Out back, the bed was cut to perfectly match the cab, and a two-link was crafted using Firestone 'bags and corresponding GC valves. A wild tubular bridge connects the frame and every (literally) part of the suspension that wasn't painted was chromed for a show-ready appearance. Deeply tucked under each fender, 22x10-inch Budnik Raptor wheels are wrapped in Dunlop 285/30R22 tires. Things were beginning to heat up, but it was only the start of the journey.
Needing some serious power to complement the detailed chassis, David turned to his dad, David Sr., for help in building the '93 350ci V-8. Adding a new crankshaft and boring the cylinders .030 over, the small-block was punched out to 383 stroked inches and with aluminum heads in place, the GM powerplant had a nice rumble courtesy of Flowtech headers and Cherry Bomb mufflers. Removing the throttle-body fuel-injection, David added an Endurashine Edelbrock intake manifold and capped it off with a polished Edelbrock four-barrel carb for an old-school, hot-rod feel. Dressing up the engine compartment, flamed billet valve covers, flamed billet air cleaner, and billet March serpentine pulleys offset the airbrushed engine block that showcases the attention to detail. A-1 Chrome plated the driveshaft in the shiny stuff and 3.73 gears in the airbrushed diff cover ensure the GMC has no problems getting up to speed quickly. Satisfied with the heart and foundation, David looked to make the GMC's skin ready to burn down the competition.
Working with Chris Sandoval, in Clear Lake, Texas, David smoothed the underside of the cab, bed, hood, and inner fenders. A Phantom front grille was installed, along with a Cali combo outback. Chris also went ahead and shaved the typical obtrusive body pieces, including the door handles, gas door, and taillights. With the metal smooth and straight, Chris filled his spray gun with Matrix red and applied the basecoat before he covered the front half of the GMC with red, orange, yellow, white, and blue real fire flames. The look is incredible, as the truck looks as if it's too hot to touch. Real fire flames are easy to screw up, but Chris pulled them off on David's truck and heat was beginning to flow like a volcanic lava. All that was left to handle was the interior.
Calling on his buddy Tim again, David and Tim worked together to hand build a fiberglass dash, center console, and enormous rear sub enclosure. Combining the best of new school with the best of old school, the dash houses two 7-inch MA Audio screens on each side and in the center, beautiful, white-face classic gauges from Auto Meter are housed in a billet cluster. The large center console is home to the billet air switches and the docking station for the iPod that serves as the audio command center. Two MTX amps power the four 12-inch MTX subs that are mounted in the huge fiberglass sub enclosure. MTX Thunder Axe components keep the highs and mids loud and clear and are mounted in the fiberglassed front doors and sub box. David's buddy, Brett, routed the StreetWires cables and RCAs used throughout, and StreetWires power caps keep the juices flowing. Perfectly matching the exterior flames, Chris Sandoval painted every piece of fiberglass and added flames and skulls throughout. Creating a unique contrast, the factory seats were cut down two inches and then wrapped in tan suede with deerskin inserts. Poor Bambi never looked so good. The tan loop carpet matches the seats and a billet Colorado Custom steering wheel provides the classic hot-rod feel. Mother Nature was officially feeling David's wrath and his truck was ready to make other fullsize truck owners hot under the collar.
As the awards were announced at the first show David showed his prized ride, he took home Best Engine, Best Truck, and Best of Show-pretty much a clean sweep and not an easy task. Humbly, David was quick to thank his wife Becky, Tim, Chris, Brett, and his dad for all of their help building his GMC. Proving that good friends, a one-car garage with some jackstands, and patience can create a masterpiece of a truck, David's Inferno is the perfect blueprint of why customizing a truck is such an incredible experience.