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Busted Knuckles- Kustom to the Core

A GMC With a Foundation for Greatness

May 7, 2018
Photographers: Patty Jo Thweatt
Robin Flusche from Surprise, Arizona, is a painter by trade, so when he decided to build a full custom truck, he knew he needed some help to create a solid foundation. Then he could jump in and take the rig to completion. He found the perfect shop in AutoCore Kustoms and Kurt Forqueran, known for turning out killer customs ranging from Cadillacs and Mercs to classic and brand-new trucks. AutoCore has also been responsible for more SEMA builds than we can count.
Kurt received the truck from Robin in typical barn find fashion and spared no time tearing it down to a bare frame. Soon, the frame was gone, too. As Kurt began to build a new one from scratch, he started with 2x4 tubing and got a little help from Highway 69 with a bunch of water-jetted components. Kurt got creative with the front and rear crossmembers as well as the front control arms, building them out of plate steel and a whole lot of lightening holes. A set of Chassis Tech C10 spindles and four Chassis Tech bags was all it took to bolt up the 22- and 24-inch American Force wheels and ultra-wide Pirelli rubber.
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The sheetmetal was next, and there’s hardly a square foot on the truck Kurt didn’t restyle and hand-finish in some way, shape, or form. The bed was raised, the fenders were raised up on the bed, and the wheel openings were reshaped. The steps and fenders were extended, the fenders were bobbed, and Kurt created a set of molded bullet taillights. The custom bed floor features a billet air tank and gas tanks. The front fenders were widened and molded in with custom flip-front hood hinges. A shaved firewall and tubular core support complete the completely smoothed over look.
The truck is now back in the hands of Robin and nearing completion. A GM Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission are on the list, along with a few more surprises up his sleeve. We can’t wait to see it again, and hopefully show you the completed version right here on these pages!
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Inside the Build

1953 GMC 3100
Robin Flusche; Surprise, Arizona
Chassis: Custom tube frame by AutoCore, water-jet components by Highway 69
Front Suspension: Custom-made control arms and crossmember by AutoCore, C10 drop spindles, MII rack and pinion, Chassis Tech 7-inch airbags, QA1 shocks
Rear Suspension: Custom two-link, Chassis Tech bags, QA1 shocks
Engine: ’04 Duramax
Transmission: Allison
Rearend: Ford 8.8, narrowed with big bearing axle ends Moser axles
Bed raised, fenders raised on bed, wheel opening reshaped, steps and fenders extended, fenders bobbed, molded bullet taillights, custom bed floor with billet air and gas tanks, molded front fenders, widened with custom flip-front hood hinges, shaved firewall, tubular core support
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x10, 24x14; American Force
Tires: 225/30R22, 385/35R24; Pirelli