2000 GMC Sierra - Cold Burn
Hot Graphics in Cool Hues
With a custom ’93 Chevy extended cab already under his belt, Sprint, Texas, resident Chris Haise was in the market for a more modern ride. The natural choice was a newer version of his ’93, but he upped the ante by going a little bit bigger, and a little more upscale, purchasing a 00 Sierra. The build had no real agenda; he was just looking for a clean cruiser for the occasional show and something to enjoy on the highway when the Texas sun was shining. Over the course of 18 months, Chris tapped the nearby Houston talent and put in plenty of his own time as well, transforming the Sierra from a stock cruiser to a feature-worthy, show truck.
Barry at Bagworx in Houston, took care of the suspension, giving the Sierra a fast-acting bag setup using Slam Specialties bags, -inch lines and Blitzluft valves, and two ViAir compressors feeding a seven-gallon air tank where the spare tire used to reside. The front consists of RE-7 bags and Belltech drop spindles and the rear uses a C-notch and two-link, with the axle centered between the framerails using a Panhard bar. The payoff to the fabrication is the ability to lay frame on 22x9-inch Boss 330 wheels wrapped in 265/35R22 Sumitomo HTR Sport tires, giving Chris the comfort of riding on air as he cruises to and from shows.
Setting his sights on reliable horsepower gains, Chris installed a set of electric fans, a K&N cold-air intake, and Magnaflow exhaust, as well as shorty headers and catalytic converters. The engine then got a custom tune to take advantage of the increased airflow as well as a 3.73 ring-and-pinion and Eaton locker in the rearend to make for quick acceleration. Next, Chris went to Texas Auto Gear where the 4L60E transmission was beefed up with a 2,200-stall converter and a shift kit. The final stop for the drivetrain was Joe’s Premier Transmission where a two-piece driveshaft was installed.
For the bodywork and paint, Chris chose a look that’s both subtle from a distance and striking up close. After Bryant Embree installed an ’05 Sierra front clip, cowl-induction hood, and welded in a steel roll pan, the entire truck was sprayed in House of Kolor Galaxy Gray. That’s where Keith Wilson stepped in to add the traditional flames by outlining them in Kosmic Krome realistic flames.
Keith was kept busy by the interior, where the dash and door panels were also airbrushed, while the dash bezel and billet steering wheel were left in Kosmic Gray. Matching Katzkin black leather and gray suede upholstery on the seats and door panels from Coleman Auto Upholstery contrast with the billet mirror, gauge surround, and HVAC plate below the Pioneer head unit. During a moment of intrigue, Chris applied Bud Light big-mouth bottle caps to the HVAC controls and to his amazement, they fit like a glove. Now his interior had an instant conversation starter. The 7-inch touch-screen head unit feeds signals to three Kicker amps, one 1200-watt version for the components, and two 800-watt versions for the two 12-inch Kicker subs under the rear seats. Chris handled the audio install himself, using two 5x8s, two 6x9s, and four tweeters, all from MB Quart, to complete the audio system.
You can’t deny that Chris accomplished his goal, as his Sierra cruises with the best of em. Chris wanted to be sure we thanked all of the guys that helped out along the way, including Bryant Embree, Cutten Customs, Jason at Image Truck and Car, and all of Chris’ family and friends that lent their time and support. Without them, this truck would likely still be under construction.