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1991 GMC Sierra: Flash

Slow and Steady Never Wins

Phil Gordon
Apr 25, 2019
Photographers: Phil Gordon
When Samantha Reid was 10 years old, her older sister was in a horrific car accident and was in the ICU for months. Because of the accident, Samantha chose not to even apply for her driver’s license until after she turned 18. But with her mother being a mechanic and her high school boyfriend driving a custom truck, she was no stranger to the automotive world. And things were about to get much more exciting for her.
Three days after her 18th birthday, Samantha met her now-husband, Patrick Reid, who was not only a pillar in the truck community but also one of the best painters in the area. Together, the couple purchased a Chevy Tahoe, but after a while Samantha’s interest in the SUV waned and her interest in a pickup increased. Initially, the two listed their Tahoe online for available trades and found a ’91 GMC Sierra in Dallas that fit right into her plans. After offering the trade for the Tahoe, they actually decided to just flat out purchase the truck to make things easier.
Photo 2/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash Rear 3q
Photo 3/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash Engine
The truck was a simple black with scratches and dents all over it, but the potential was there for greatness. The air ride was rough and the interior was half done, so Patrick gutted the suspension and added a full updated air suspension, including taking off the larger 1-inch air line and adding 3/8 inch for a smoother adjustment. The next step was the bodywork, so Patrick and good friend Jonathan Barron started shaving the body and revamping the interior. A custom dashboard was built and the upholstery was replaced along with the door panels, while hiding the window cranks.
Photo 4/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash Lifted Bed
Then it was time for Patrick to shine, as Samantha’s GMC was ready for paint. The blank canvas needed a whole new identity, and Patrick was more than happy to step up to the plate. The basecoat was sprayed in PPG Black and a biomechanical graphic was used to run through the entire body. In the process of building, Samantha’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away six weeks later. To honor him, Patrick added her father’s initials down the driver side of the Sierra. Samantha got involved in the paint process by crawling around the frame and hand-painting all the air fittings, shocks, and brakes.
Photo 5/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash
When it came time to add a custom stereo unit, space was the biggest factor with the GMC. “I definitely wanted the A/C unit in and working, so I needed to find a way to manage a good stereo unit,” Samantha tells Truckin. “I made an executive decision to use a marine head unit.” The waterproofed circular head unit was mounted strategically under the A/C vents in the custom dashboard that flows to the floor. Since she wouldn’t be using a CD or the radio, the marine unit connects to her phone’s Bluetooth.
Photo 6/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash Interior
Photo 7/15   |   1991 Gmc Sierra Flash Interior Dash
Samantha has embraced her truck passion tenfold and couldn’t have done it without the talent and expertise of her husband Patrick. Samantha’s nickname in the truck world was “Flash,” because one of her Committed members mentioned that at shows she was constantly moving around from one place to another and would disappear from where they thought she was in a flash. With the futuristic look her truck now displays, it almost made perfect sense to carry that nickname to her GMC.

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: 1991 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State: Samantha Reid; San Leon, Texas
Club Affiliation: Committed
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 2600 slam bags, 2-inch Belltech drop spindles and factory arms
Rear Suspension: 2600 dominators, custom triangulated four-link, rear painted to match graphics background. 8½-inch valves with 3/8-inch air line and AVS digital gauges and switchbox, 7-gallon air tank, Viair 450 dual pack
Drivetrain:
Engine: Rebuilt 350 TBI, mild cam
Body/Paint: Shaved taillight handle, stake pockets, gas door, emblems, and moldings; molded rear bumper and tailgate; billet grille; stock floor 3-inch body drop; Nissan black metallic basecoat with multiple color graphics, 35 colors total; dark blue biomechanical background; lace roof graphic; all colors by PPG with PPG clear; color-matched front and rear bumper and grille shell; custom metal bed with opening floor; paint, body, and metalwork done by Patrick Reid and Jonathon Barron
Interior: Factory GM 60/40 bench seat wrapped in black vinyl and gray suede, dark gray carpet, all custom interior panels painted black metallic and custom black vinyl inserts with SS hex screws, custom removable center console, billet steering wheel, billet rearview mirror, all work done by Patrick, Arjonas Upholstery wrapped the seats
Stereo: Two RE Audio 12-inch subwoofers behind seat, 1500 RE Audio sub amp and 400 RE Audio high amp behind seat, dual marine round head unit, RE Audio 6½-inch component set in kick panels, RE Audio 6½-inch coaxial in doors
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5 and 24x9 Ninjas; HRBB
Tires: 235/30/22 and 265/30/24; Lionheart
Special Thanks: My husband, Patrick, for always being supportive—I wouldn’t be here without him; Jonathan Barron for putting his blood and sweat into helping with the truck; my Committed family for being loyal and strong; Tiffany and Cato Martinez; as well as Mom and Dad

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