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1994 GMC Sonoma - Found Fuchsia

Giving New School Love to an Old-School Ride

Grant Cox
Mar 23, 2015
Photographers: Grant Cox
To be frank, a lot of people think that you can build a mini-truck with a set of wrenches and a Sawzall. But as many of us know, there may be a little more to it than that. If you want the end result to stand out from the others, you have to change it up, go the extra mile, and build it right. That is exactly what CJ Oglesby had in mind when he set out to put some flare into this build.
On his 19th birthday, CJ picked up this ’94 Sonoma that had already been lowered on 15-inch billets, giving it a clean look back in the day. As the years went on, CJ knew that change was on the horizon. One unique item he wanted to keep from the original look of the truck was the two-tone fuchsia and black paint.
Photo 2/7   |   Bagged 1994 Gmc Sonoma Rear Three Quarter
If CJ was asked what stands out the most about his truck, he would tell you it would have to be the paint and sheetmetal bed. The secret behind the tasteful paint is that it wasn’t done by any collision repair shop, but by a local legend and old-school custom painter. Ernie Ball noticed CJ’s truck one day and mentioned how it was going to be “devastating,” which flattered him. Ernie invited CJ over to his shop and from that point on the connection was made and plans were set to bring his truck to Ernie’s shop for one of his custom paintjobs. But before the paint hit the canvas, there were a whole lot of items to be shaved, including the windshield squirters, radio antenna, windshield wipers, third brake light, and rear bumper endcap holes. Even the seam where the top of the bedsides overlap onto the bulkhead is shaved. Finally, a Grant Kustoms rear skin, a Goodmark hood, and Street Scene mirrors were added to the mix before the paint was laid down using PPG 650 silver with fuchsia toner and a hand-mixed candy on top, PPG black on bottom, and PPG clear.
Photo 3/7   |   Bagged 1994 Gmc Sonoma Custom Interior
Even with a paintjob of this caliber, the Sonoma would not get the attention it deserved without laying frame. RideTech StrongArms with Belltech spindles, Airlift ’bags and Suicide Doors ’bag cups got the front where it needed to be, while a Suicide Doors five-link and a Little Shop of Horrors disc brake kit did the job in the rear. Then, 20-inch KMC Novas with Nitto 555s complete the look. The interior was flanked with leather and suede with billet throughout, and tunes provided by Pioneer and Infinity.
CJ says there have been a ton of people along the way who deserve recognition: his mom and dad; his wife, Jenni, and son, Jack, for moral support; Ernie Ball for the killer paint; George Eames and Jason Yohn for getting him into air-ride suspensions; Mike Lazoen and Matt Hinkle for burning the metal; and Matt Horne for a little bit of everything.
Photo 4/7   |   Bagged 1994 Gmc Sonoma Front Three Quarter
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1994 GMC Sonoma
Owner and City/State: CJ Oglesby, Williamsville, IL
Type: 4.3L V-6
Mods: Flowmaster exhaust and Edelbrock air cleaner
Rearend: Little Shop of Horrors rear disc kit
Front Suspension: Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, 2500 Airlift Dominator ’bags, Suicidedoors upper cups, and RideTech StrongArms with KYB GR2 shocks
Rear Suspension: Suicidedoors five-link with 2600 Airlift Dominator ’bags, frame notch
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes
Mods: Shaved front bumper chrome strips and foglight body lines, windshield squirters, radio antenna, windshield wipers, third brake light, rear bumper endcap holes, seam where the top of the bedsides overlap onto the bulkhead, 2-inch Goodmark cowl hood, fiberglass wiper cowl, ragtop, Street Scene mirrors, GMC Envoy front bumper, Grant Kustoms full skin, rear plate frenched, sheetmetal bed
Pontiac Sunfire, wrapped in black leather and suede, gauges are stock with chromed needles, Viair air gauges in the center console, BAD Gunslinger steering wheel, billet pedals, shifter, oh sh*t handle and knobs, dash vents chromed, Oldsmobile Bravada door panels
Performed By: Owner, chromed plastic by Whitewall Steve Grybel
Stereo: Pioneer AVH-P2300 DVD, Infinity Reference mids and highs, Optima YellowTop battery.
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8.5 KMC Nova
Tires: 245/35/R20 Nitto NT 555



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