1995 GMC C1500 - One Ton Of Fun

A Regular Cab ½-ton with Dualie Aspirations

Dan Ward
Sep 9, 2014
Photographers: Dan Ward
Ralph Monterosa is a humble guy from San Antonio who wanted to be a part of the brotherhood that is custom truck clubs. There was one rather large problem looming over his goal, however: He didn’t have a custom truck. Instead of biting off the huge task of starting from scratch, Ralph wisely picked up an under-construction project from his friend Big John, from the Houston chapter of Severed Ties. The GMC C1500 featured a custom eight-lug conversion and air-ride suspension built by Ekstensive Metalworks but was covered in white primer and had stock 16-inch wheels. With a great foundation to work with, Ralph got to work making the truck his own.
Ralph laid out a plan with fellow 1988 to 1998 aficionado Mark Zarate to give the GMC more of a custom look. In place of the GMC parts, a Chevy grille was swapped in, a smoothed front bumper with license plate mount was added, and a roll pan was welded in the rear. The rear fenders were extended 4 inches and the door handles and tailgate handle were shaved. With the body prepped for paint, Patrick Reid stepped in and laid down a basecoat of Chevy Bermuda Blue. After masking off layer after layer of graphics, Patrick then sprayed bright orange, light blue, and bright blue on the lower half of the GMC. Airbrushed alien skulls can also be found within the brighter blue graphics. White highlights add dimension to the graphics and light blue pinstripes help define the graphic’s layout design.
Photo 2/8   |   Ralph’s GMC features an interior that perfectly matches the exterior paint graphics.
Ralph wanted the crazy paint to flow into the interior, so he had Patrick Reid smooth the plastic door panels and bring the orange, bright blue, and graphics from the doorjambs to the door panels and eventually onto the dash. The blue dash and black carpet serve as the backdrops to the Severed Ties steering wheel and several other Empire Motorsports billet pieces that add just enough contrast to the dark interior. Jerry Vincent, also of San Antonio, wrapped the stock bench seat in matching Bermuda Blue, orange, and bright blue vinyl. No custom truck is complete without some bass, and Ralph’s GMC makes due with a Kicker 8-inch Comp sub, Kicker mids and highs, and Kicker amps.
After two years of highs and lows, Ralph’s GMC dualie conversion was finally ready to cruise in completed form. He’s been awarded many trophies at shows, but he’s quick to thank those who helped him along the way, especially his wife, Crystal, his kids, his dad, his Severed Ties family, and, most importantly, God.
Photo 6/8   |   We bet it would be hard to distinguish the dualie as a regular cab looking at it from head-on.
Photo 7/8   |   The rear view is one of the GMC’s best angles. It shows the unique proportions and smoothed metalwork.
Photo 8/8   |   Going the extra mile, Ekstensive Metalworks converted the ½-ton truck to an eight-lug.
"I would like to thank my dad for teaching me to never give up.
Ralph Monterosa"

1994 GMC C1500
Owner:Ralph Monterosa
City/State: San Antonio, Texas
ENGINE
Type: 5.7L V-8
Induction: Custom cool-air intake
Exhaust: JBA headers
Tuner: Hypertech
Built By: Ralph Monterosa
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: 700-R4 auto
Brakes: Yes (as written on his tech sheet)
CHASSIS
Front Suspension: Ekstensive eight-lug conversion, DJM 3-inch spindles, Slam Specialties airbags, ½-inch copper airline
Rear Suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks eight-lug conversion and four-link, Slam Specialties airbags, ½-inch copper airline
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels:22x8.25 Alcoa
Tires: 285/40R22 Achilles Desert Hawk UHP

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