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1997 GMC Sonoma - Forbidden Fruit

Green Isn’t Just the Color of Envy

Brian Goude
Aug 17, 2014
Photographers: The Author
There are many reasons why we spend every waking moment and extra dollar we have building custom trucks. For some it is following in their families’ or friends’ footsteps, and for others it is simply because they see rad vehicles around town and get hooked. For Joey Aguilar it was a mix of both. He attended a few local shows with his new club Forbidden Fantasy, but one show in particular got his water boiling. After traveling from NorCal to SoCal for Resolutions he was dead set to get his 1997 GMC Sonoma done up right and make the club proud.
He was done dealing with a “beater” and was ready to take it to the next level. Once back home from Reso in his hometown of Petaluma, California, Joey took his truck straight to Steve Nielson of CanDo Specialties and had them get the body laying flat on the floor. Steve did a killer job of getting the rockers to hug the pavement, but that was just the start for Joey.
Photo 2/8   |   1997 GMC Sonoma Rear Profile
Next, he went through the entire truck and made sure every nut and bolt was spot-on. This way he could not only drag the truck around town, but also drive it a half-inch off the ground virtually anywhere he went and ensure it was reliable for those long hauls to distant shows. Joey’s end goal was not to drag and destroy, but rather to cruise and enjoy. He wanted his truck to function a half-inch off the ground as it would with factory suspension geometry. His personal taste really showed in the final product of this truck; Joey believes that a truck should not just sit on the ground and look good, but that it should skim down the highway safely.
Once Joey had his fair share of showing the truck with this simple concept he was ready to take it to that next level. He called upon Dave Pratter to lay down a basecoat of bright green paint. As he stood back for the first time to see their creation, he still wasn’t quite satisfied. What do you do when you’re still not totally satisfied? You make a call to Kal Koncepts to give your truck that extra something special to put it over the top.
Dion and Craig took the truck with the instructions of “make this truck amazing, something that will stand out,” and they did just that. Making a Sonoma that went from nice daily cruiser to full-on showstopper is the Kal Koncepts specialty. With vague instructions and an open mind from the owner, they created yet another masterpiece. This Sonoma should go down in the books as one that’s a bit different than all the other S series out there. The paintjob, stereo, ride quality, and daily driven comforts like A/C and heat truly set this truck apart from the rest. It’s pretty hard to believe, but this driver is driven as hard as any other daily. Joey has no other vehicle besides his work truck, and if you have ever seen this thing hovering centimeters above asphalt then you would surely agree.
Joey is a rare breed; he not only works on his own trucks, he grinds on his fellow club members’ trucks as much as possible to help keep pushing the scene that he loves forward for the next generation. He doesn’t have a Facebook page, and he doesn’t do it for the recognition. He just wants to build rad vehicles and have a great time with his friends—we could all take a lesson out of Joey’s book!
The amazing paintwork by both Dave Prater and the Kal Koncepts crew is evident literally everywhere you look. As usual, Dion and Craig knocked it out of the park!

Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1997 GMC Sonoma
Owner and City/State: Joey Aguilar; Petaluma, CA
Club Affiliation: Forbidden Fantasy
Body
Mods: Shaved door handles, full rear skin, Colorado taillights, front end swap by owner
Paint: PPG Custom mix base by Dave Prater, graphics/airbrushing by Kal Koncepts.
Engine
Type: 4.3 V-6 custom intake and airbox
Chassis
Front Suspension: Slam Specialties ’bags, RideTech control arms by owner
Rear Suspension: Thorbecke Bros. four-link, Slam Specialties ’bags by owner
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8.5 Boss
Tires: 245/35R20 Falken

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