2011 GMC Sierra Texas Edition: A Daily That is So Much More
Just a Little Extra
Here at Truckin, we are surrounded by talented builders and unique truck owners of all types. We are fortunate enough to be at the crossroads of some pretty cool stories and try to relay them to you, the readers, as best we can in the articles that we write. Sometimes, the story we hear speaks for itself. Such was the case of Steven Hooks and how his ’11 GMC Sierra Texas Edition got built. He sat down with us to tell his side of things, and, well, just read on. We’ll let him tell you all about it.
“In the late ’90s, I did an ’89 Chevy S-10 as a full custom truck that was destined for shows. It was a complete frame-off job with custom metalwork. The frame was painted, and I chromed out the undercarriage completely. The truck was sprayed Brandywine Candy with ghost patterns, which turned out absolutely gorgeous. But it was a trailer queen, and after a while I got tired of being too scared to drive it. And every time I did try to drive it, something would always break down or short out due to the fact that it never got driven. So, I sold it.
“I purchased this ’11 GMC 1500 Sierra Texas Edition Crew Cab in April 2011, but I already had in mind I was going to ’bag it. I knew Ekstensive Metal Works was my first choice for the work. Two months after the purchase, the truck went to Ekstensive. I would’ve sent it sooner, but those guys are always so busy. I just had to be patient and wait my turn. The 24-inch Intros were purchased through Ekstensive while they were cutting it up and preparing the truck to lay frame. About three months later, it was ready, but everything else was still stock. About a month after, I asked Bill [owner of Ekstensive] if he could make some shocks or hinges to replace the original hinges on the hood because when you move the fenders in there’s no room. I still wanted that original look under the hood and didn’t want to use some old stick or something to brace the hood every time I opened it. The shocks were fabricated and worked great. “The more I looked at the truck, the more I wanted a cleaner, sleeker look to it. I had Bill remove all the side moldings. In the process, some of the paint had peeled off on the driver side doors. OK, no problem, just repaint the doors. Or so I thought. No matter how many times it was re-sprayed, we couldn’t get the paint to quite match even though the paint was mixed correctly. The best thing to do was re-paint the entire truck.
“Then we shaved the third brake light on the truck’s roof, covered all the holes on the bed, and molded the plastic middle insert piece on the rear bumper for the license plate. At that point, I thought that was going to be it. One day when I went by Ekstensive to see the paint progress, Pat Maxwell was there putting some graphics on Bill’s Turbin [’08 Suburban cut down to make a custom two-door Tahoe]. Bill spoke to Pat about the design for the graphics while he was there. One thing lead to another, and there was Pat laying graphics on my truck. It was totally unexpected and unplanned, but I’m glad Bill pushed me to have the work done. Later, I had a painter by the name of Robert Ochoa paint all the interior pieces and all the pieces under the hood, which was really time consuming. John from Twisted Interiors used a Katzkin seat kit to change up the interior. With all of it coming together, finally, I had Master Car Audio install the stereo system. I wanted to have the truck customized up to a certain point, but I still wanted to be able to drive it to any show I wanted.
“What I ended up with was a badass truck that was reliable. It was something I could drive every day and turn heads at shows—no more trailer queen.”
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 2011 GMC Sierra Texas Edition
Owner and City/State: Stephen Hooks; Houston, Texas
Front Suspension: Ekstensive front bolt-on ’bag kit with upper and lower arms, ’bag mounts, shock mounts, new steering parts that adapt to the factory rack, stock spindles, Firestone ’bags,
Rear Suspension: Ekstensive two-link kit, and C-notch, Firestone ’bags
Brakes: Rear brakes converted to discs
Engine: Stock 5.8L with custom-painted panels, custom-fabricated and painted wheel tubs, relocated battery, computer, air filter
Rearend: Narrowed rear end a total of 8 inches
Body: Custom-painted ’15 GMC grille swap, ’09 front bumper, shaved moldings, shaved third brake light, molded smooth plastic insert in rear bumper for license plate, all bodywork and exterior paint by Ekstensive, graphics by Pat Maxwell
Interior: Custom-painted dash and door panels by Robert Ochoa, Katzkin leather seat swap by Twisted Interiors
Stereo: JVC head, 600W and 900W Gorilla Amps, 12-inch kicker subs, 5 1/4-inch Sony mids in all door panels installed by Master Car Stereo in Houston
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x9.5; Intro Vista II
Tires: 295/35R24; Falken Ziex
Special Thanks: I wanted to thank everyone over at Ekstensive for knocking out this truck, Robert Ochoa for transforming the interior, Pat Maxwell for the graphics, and Master Car Stereo for the tunes.