1995 GMC C1500- Black Diamond

Body Dropped and Built to Drive

Brian Goude
Feb 14, 2016
Photographers: John O' Neill
Have you ever purchased a vehicle, and in time realized it was not what you really wanted? For Danny Macias of Lindsay, California, it was when he bought his ’94 K1500 Chevy with a 15-inch lift. This truck was cool for a little while, but he realized it wasn’t really him. Macias searched the Internet, and eventually, traded the lifted ’94 for this ’95 GMC 1500. The truck had already been stock floor body dropped by the previous owner and Macias was eager to make it his own.
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He modified the front suspension by shortening the upper and lower control arms and adding Belltech 2-inch drop spindles. The back was outfitted with an IF Customs two-link, shortened rear axle, and all four corners outfitted with Slam Specialties SS7s. The bed floor was raised and sprayed with bed liner. All of this updated suspension work was done in order to tuck the 24-inch Dcenti wheels wrapped in Duron Tires.
With the suspension freshened up, time to concentrate on the paint and body. Macias owns and operates a body and paint shop known as Dogghouse Kustoms, which is where he can work his magic. The GM Diamond Black is not forgiving, and as you can see, he really got this GMC as straight as an arrow after all of the shaving and metal work he did. Macias complimented the deep black paint with a graphic featuring Hot Hues Molten Orange Kandy.
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Check out the inside of the truck. Macias enlisted Marcos Upholstery out of Exeter, California, to build a custom bench seat wrapped in black vinyl. A 40x40 ragtop was installed, so the guys at Marcos also custom-made a black suede headliner. The dash was smoothed, along with most of the interior pieces, and painted to match. They also installed billet pedals, a custom steering wheel, and a set of Air Zenith Digital air gauges to compliment the custom paintwork.
Macais specializes in custom paint, but we think his real passion lies in audio. When we say this GMC’s stereo system is loud, that’s not just hype. It takes a real audio guru to create the type of clean audio that comes from this truck, and the guys at Marks Audio in Lindsay, California, achieved just that. A Pioneer head unit feeds the sounds through Phoenix Gold amplifiers, which eventually blast out of a custom ported box with three JL Audio W3s. Rockford Fosgate mids and Stevens Audio horn drivers finish off the job insanely well.
All in all, Macais is now at peace with his daily driver. He went from a sky-high Chevy to a pavement-scraping GMC, and he could not be happier. He would like to thank, first and foremost, his wife Patty Macias, Kuts R Us, Jesse Avalos, Lalanne’s Paint, Marks Audio, Jelly Bean Perez, and finally, his club Forbidden Fantasy for all their support.
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Inside the build
Year/Make/Model:1995/GMC/C1500
Owner and City/State: Danny Macias; Lindsay, California
Club Affiliation: Forbidden Fantasy
Chassis: Custom frame and stock floor body drop
Front Suspension: Shortened upper and lower control arms, Bell Tech 2-inch drop spindles, Slam Specialties SS7 with 1/2-inch Parker valves.
Rear Suspension: IF Customs two-link, Slam Specialties SS7, axle shortened 3 inches, Gabriel shocks
Body: Full AVS skin with recessed license plate, shaved third brake light, smoothed wiper cowl, frenched antenna, 40x40 ragtop, raised bed floor, painted GM Diamond, Hot Hues Molten Orange Kandy, paint and body work created by owner Danny Macias of Dogghouse Kustoms (DHK), Lindsay, California
Interior: Smoothed and painted plastics, custom black vinyl bench seat, custom black suede headliner by Marcos Upholstery, Exeter, California, billet pedals, shifter, mirror, and steering wheel, smoothed satin-black dash, painted accents, Air Zenith Digital Gauges
Stereo: Pioneer x6500dvd, Audio Control Three.1, EQS Crossover, ported box with 3 12-inch JL Audio W3s, Phoenix Gold four channel 400w Phoenix Gold Mono Block 1100w Rockford Fosgate Punch Mid Bass 6.5-inch and Stevens audio horn drivers by Marks Audio in Lindsay, California
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x10; Dcenti, DW19
Tires: 255/30R24; Durun, F-One

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