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2008 GMC Sierra- Kewl Whip

Skatin’ & Scrapin’ in the Midwest

Jon Hansen
Jun 22, 2017
Photographers: Grant Cox
Some builders out there put their vehicles on air ride as a way to keep them safe while driving around and before hard parking it, keeping their build away from pavement and any possible damage. Jason Sandusky is not that owner. If you ever came across his parked truck, you might think it was a bodied static truck judging from the height at which he always drives it. “ I drive this thing on setting one everywhere I go,” Jason says. It is almost refreshing to see a show-quality truck that is not a trailer-queen to many in the truck scene these days—lowered and lifted.
Photo 2/12   |   2008 GMC Sierra Kewl Whip Rear
With many builds in his past garage resume, Jason approached this build differently than he had with any of the others. Just a few years before, a truck he had built from the ground was totaled by another driver with no insurance and no driver’s license. Since then, he vowed never to start a build from scratch ever again. When Jason came across this ’08 GMC Sierra owned by Blair Thompson much of the work had already been done by Jake McKiddie at Phat Phabz. Once the truck was in his possession, he began working out some bugs with the build and adding a few of his own touches. Jake knocked out a majority of the bigger tasks on the truck as his plans for this GMC came together in more detail.
Photo 3/12   |   2008 GMC Sierra Kewl Whip Interior
Jason has always been a stickler for the small details, and began adding them one by one. Starting with the seats, he began wrapping them in a custom tan shade of Alea leather that had black stitching to accent the existing stock dash and door panel colors. Next up, the stereo which he chose to do in full Audison products from the speakers, tweeters, and components to the 10-inch subwoofer. All of that, as well as the wiring and Kenwood head unit, were installed by Pig at Solar Pro Tint n Tunes. Jason added Dynamat sound deadener into all the cab and door panels to secure the perfection of his sound quality. He even added a custom sunroof to give it yet another one-off touch, which few people would catch upon first glance.
Photo 4/12   |   2008 GMC Sierra Kewl Whip Airlift
Moving to the exterior of this 3-inch body dropped beauty, you can see the stripes done by Nick Rodriguez. These are no standard new-school airbrushed stripes, as Jason will tell you proudly. The stripes were hand painted by Nick just like they used to be back in the day, according to Jason. It is a simple, yet perfectly clean, contrast on the white exterior. The third brake light was shaved, as were the tailgate handle and gas cap door on the bed side. The headlights were retro fitted with a custom-molded-in LED set, not only for looks but to brighten up those long, dark late-night drives. Add in the built 5.3 V-8 and the massive 16-inch Wilwood brakes, and it is obvious to why this truck is such an enjoyable driver. No bodied truck would be the same without the right wheels, though. The wheel choice often makes the look of the truck. Jason chose to run a set of 26x9 and 26x12-inch Intro Artic wheels. Intro has always been notorious for looking great skating low across the pavement, and this set definitely holds true.
Photo 5/12   |   2008 GMC Sierra Kewl Whip Wheel
This truck has been to shows near and far, including some of Jason’s favorite ones. He has attended, as well as won awards, at LST, Slamboree, Midwest Dragfest, and SEMA inside of last year. Special thanks go out to Nick Rodriguez, Mike Perez, his beautiful wife Amy Sandusky, Nick Wolenman, Pig, Jake McKiddie at Phat Phabz, Grant Cox, Justin Kaluei, Pete Dutzel, Shawn Walsh, Brady Wilson, Negative Camber, and anyone else who has had a part in this truck thus far.
Photo 6/12   |   2008 GMC Sierra Kewl Whip Engine

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 2008 GMC Sierra RCSB
Owner and City/State: Jason Sandusky; Smithville, Missouri
Club Affiliation: Negative Camber
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Airlift 2600 airbags, Accuair e-Level by Phat Phabz, OKC
Rear Suspension: Airlift rear bags, Accuair e-Level, four-link Jake McKiddie Edition set up by Phat Phabz
Drivetrain:
Engine: GMC 5.3 V8, built with tick cam, ported heads, valves, rockers and push-rods, and DOD delete, 3-inch Flow master exhaust, Super 40 Mufflers with cat delete, cast Hooker Headers, Optima battery relocated to behind front bumper
Transmission: 4680E, modified with a 3800-stall converter
Rearend: Narrowed stock rear end. 3.73:1
Body:
Steel body panels, 3-inch body drop by Phat Phabz, OKC, Trex Billet Grille, modded and retrofitted stock headlamps with Putco bulbs and molded-in Rigid Dually LEDs, shaved third brake light, shaved bed gas cap, shaved tail gate handle, gas filler moved under bed, 16-inch Wilwood front brakes, aluminum fuel cell, stripes hand-painted by Nick Rodriguez, custom sunroof
Interior:
Custom shade of tan Alea leather with black stitching, black carpet, Dynamat in entire cab and door panels
Stereo:
Kenwood DoubleDin DDX9702s, Audison AU-DUG speaker amplifier, Audison AU-UNO subwoofer amplifier, 10-inch Audison AU10 subwoofer, 6.5-inch Audison AUK6 speakers installed and wired by Solar Pro Tint n Tunes in Warrensburg, Missouri
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x9, 26x12; Intro Arctics
Tires: 295/30R26, 305/30R26; Lexani

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