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1989 GMC Sierra- The Wedding Guest

Seated at Table One

Phil Gordon
Dec 4, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
When people get married, household gifts or cash are generally given. But Eric Pember of Pittsville, Wisconsin, wanted to surprise his beautiful wife Bridget with a truck he was building. His passion for truck building started when he was only seven years old. His father owned a mechanic shop that repaired mostly 4x4 trucks in the small central Wisconsin town. He began helping his father and tells Truckin, “I thought I was helping, but looking back I was probably more in his way.” At 14, Eric was more hands-on and started out with oil changes and brakes, eventually progressing to engine work.
During his senior year in high school, he purchased his first truck, a ’78 GMC, and had it for a couple of years until rust got the better of it. The next truck he purchased was a ’92 GMC, which he lowered, but it was involved in an accident and he needed to find another truck. Partial to GMC trucks, he went looking at car lots and found a stock mint ’89 GMC Sierra that he just fell in love with. It was a southern truck, so it was in pretty good condition, but it didn’t stay stock for long.
Photo 2/14   |   1989 GMC Sierra Wedding Guest Rear
Photo 3/14   |   1989 GMC Sierra Wedding Guest Engine
The first step was lowering the truck to be a little different from all the 4x4s in town. The stock 305 was removed and replaced with a 350 to add some speed to the GMC. New bumpers were installed to add a custom flare to the Sierra, but Eric still wasn’t satisfied. He found a set of 22-inch wheels and, with the standard lowering he had done, it didn’t work out. Eric brought the truck back to his shop where he added the stock floor body drop to bring the GMC to the ground.
Photo 4/14   |   1989 GMC Sierra Wedding Guest Wheel
By this time, Eric and his wife had gotten engaged and he made a promise to his bride that the truck would be finished on their wedding day. Of course, that meant it would take endless days and nights producing a masterful completed truck. Time was ticking as Eric got down to the wire customizing everything he could. For the exterior, he searched through paint swatches, and the Ford Magnetic Gray just stood out. He enlisted PK Auto for the complete color change, which covers every inch of the pickup. The next stop was Brad’s Custom Upholstery for a custom touch that blends black leather and ostrich together. Eric added a full custom stereo setup to the GMC to round out the interior.
The truck was completed days before the wedding as Eric had promised, and Bridget couldn’t have been more proud of his accomplishment. The truck was brought to the ceremony to symbolize the passion they both shared and the determination to complete anything they put their hearts into. The Wedding Guest made an impact on both their lives, and they plan on relishing the lifelong enjoyment their marriage and the GMC Sierra will bring to them both.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’89 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State: Eric & Bridget Pember; Pittsville, Wisconsin
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Air Lift Dominator 2,600-pound bags, custom upper and lower control arms, Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, 2x4-inch box tube frame, stock floor body drop by EPR Customs
Rear Suspension: Dominator 2,600-pound bags, custom three-link with wishbone, aluminum fuel tank, rear axle narrowed 4 inches by EPR Customs
Drivetrain:
Engine: 5.7L small-block, bored .030 inch, mild cam, MSD 6AL ignition, Performance throttle body spacer
Transmission: 700R4, B&M shift kit
Body/Paint: ’13 Ford Magnetic Gray by PK Auto, shaved fuel filler, antenna, stake pockets, smooth bed floor, Grant Kustoms roll pan, front and rear wheel tubs by EPR Customs
Interior: Black Ultra leather and ostrich seat and door panel inserts by Brad’s Custom Upholstery
Stereo: Kenwood head unit, Kicker components, two 8-inch Kicker subwoofers installed by Rico’s HiFi
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9.5; Zinik Alloy
Tires: 265/35/22; Dunlop
Special Thanks: My wife Bridget, my dad Butch, Rico, Jegz, Rob, Corey, Troy, and Lee.

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