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2013 GMC Sierra - Victory Red

It’s What’s Below the Surface—and on it—That Counts

Brian Goude
Dec 16, 2015
Photographers: Brian Goude
Knocking something off your bucket list usually means climbing some crazy snowcapped mountain or jumping out of a perfectly good plane. Ryan Westcott, though, had something else in mind. He wanted to build a truck from the ground up and showcase it among some of the finest vehicles in the world. He knew right off the bat this would be an uphill adventure. Howewer, he was not unfamiliar with the process, as he had already notched two cover trucks on his belt.
Ryan began by purchasing this 2013 GMC Sierra brand new off the dealer lot. He only racked up a few miles on the truck before contacting Kevin Blaisdell, owner of Just Plain Trick in Mesa, Arizona. Ryan arrange to use Kevin’s shop space to tear down and completely rebuild his GMC, and the tear down got underway in no time.
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The truck was completely taken down to a bare frame, which was promptly chucked in the garbage because he planned to build an entire new frame from scratch. Ryan wanted as many wires and lines hidden as possible and ran most everything through the frame itself. The rear of the chassis became part of the air suspension by storing an extra 10 gallons of air within the rails. Up front, he built a set of custom upper and lower arms using his own Westcott Plasma Table. Slam Specialties air bags along with Rancho 9000 shock absorbers rounded out the front suspension. Out back, Ryan again used his own plasma table and cut custom link bars. The rear axle had to be shortened a total of 5 inches to make sure the monster 26-inch Versante wheels and Lionheart tires cleared the bedsides and sat properly on the ground.
Ryan spared no expenses during the rebuild. All brake lines were replaced with stainless hardlines and all the electrical was hidden and re installed with perfection. In order for the truck to cruise down the highway with ease, Ryan installed a full Accuair setup. Ryan hid everything underneath the bed floor, which can be raised for access when needed by electronic actuators. The rest of the bed has been treated with custom sheet metal and a few other minor modifications like raising the front of the bed to match the bedsides. These subtle mods sometimes get overlooked but Ryan insisted on building this truck to his liking no matter how small the mod was.
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When it came to tackling the bodywork and paint, Ryan called on his buddy Gabe Garcia. The outside of the truck was left relatively factory, except deleting the sat antenna, gas door, and tailgate handle. The subtle mods extend to the rear bumper of the truck, which at first glance, you may not be able to tell it is off an F150. It was cut and body worked so the rear of the truck flowed that much better. Once all the mods were smoothed out, Gabe shot the entire truck with PPG Victory Red.
The subtle, yet custom, theme continues on the inside. He removed the headrests and replaced the factory cloth with a full Katzkin black leather interior with red stitching, installed by Garret Cobbs. Ryan also took advantage of the expertise of his buddy Johnny Gomez at Noisyboysgarage to build a custom pod in the dash that fits an iPad air, which doubles as his stereo. When not in use, he can remove the iPad and take it with him. Sound and power is provided by CT Sounds and includes door speakers and a ported stealth box under the rear seat where the subs are housed.
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Now, Ryan can check building a show-winning truck from the ground up off his bucket list. He can make that checkmark nice and bold because he knocked this one out of the park. Absolutely nothing was left untouched, including his bank account. He is lucky to have a great support system that includes his family and a great group of friends who helped in his quest.
2013 GMC Sierra
Owner/City/State: Ryan Westcott; Gilbert, Arizona
Club: Severed Ties
Chassis: Custom Tube frame front to rear
Front Suspension: Custom Westcott upper arms, Slam Specialties Air Bags, Rancho 9000 shocks
Rear Suspension: Custom Westcott four-link, rearend narrowed 5 inches
Rancho 9000s, Viair Compressors, Slotted Rotors by owner
Factory 5.3 with custom Magnaflow exhaust and Edelbrock air intake, detail work by owner
Shaved: Sat antenna, tailgate handle, gas door, sheet metal inner fenders, tubs, and bed floor with access panel, T Rex Grille, F-150 rear bumper, PPG Victory Red paint by Gabe Garcia
Black leather seats with red stitching from Katzkin minus the headrests installed by Garret Cobbs, iPad custom installed in the dash by Johnny Gomez
Stereo: iPad controls, CT Sounds Mids & Highs, subwoofers, amplifiers, and stealth box by Jason Dannenberg and Johnny Gomez of Gilbert, Arizona
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26x10, Versante 225
Tires: 295/30R26 Lionharts
Special Thanks from Owner: “Kevin Blaisdell; Ty Larson; Eric Kinser; Garret Cobbs; Larry Harrell, IV; Robert Cho; Johnny Gomez; Jason Dannenberg; and my wife Raegan Westcott for always believing in me”



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