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2016 GMC Denali 2500HD: Black Jack

Always Double Down On This GMC

Phil Gordon
Jun 28, 2019
The most widely played casino game in the world is blackjack, with the objective to beat the house—and Cesar "Tweety" Olivas of Midland, Texas, has been beating the house for years. As owner of one of the most successful custom truck shops in the area, Tweety's Tire & Welding, which specializes in suspension, paint, and wheels, Tweety has defied all odds and persevered through adversity.
As a child, Tweety would deconstruct his toy trucks, alter the suspension, and paint them. That creativity followed him through high school, when he purchased his first truck, a GMC C10. He worked hard to customize his new truck, and, after a year and a half, he traded it for a newer truck: a Dodge Ram, which he painted bright yellow, earning him the nickname Tweety.
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In 2011, Tweety opened up his shop in Midland and brought his passion for building trucks to customers. "I wanted to utilize my talents and actually earn money doing it," he tells Truckin. In 2016, he decided to build a new truck to showcase his skills outside of his local area. He purchased a brand-new '16 GMC Denali 2500HD from a dealership and brought it to his shop.
He began with a modest 12-inch lift and threw on some forged wheels for the next year. One of his customers loved that lift so much, Tweety removed it from his GMC and added it to the dude's truck, which meant it was time to rebuild. He has always wanted a solid-axle conversion, so he removed the GM independent suspension and built the solid axle. He contacted the hardworking men and women at Full Throttle Suspension, and they built him a killer 20-inch lift that towered over the original lift.
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As the SEMA show in Las Vegas was rapidly approaching, Tweety decided he would make his new build SEMA worthy. He purchased bumpers from Bodyguard and added them front and back, along with all the extra lighting that was necessary to stand out. His next move was swapping his generic wheels with a set of two-piece American Force Spartan MP8s that were chromed and powdercoated.
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Tweety proudly displayed the finished product in the American Force section at the SEMA show and garnered a ton of attention with the remake of his GMC Denali. He wishes to thank everyone who helped him along the way, including his family for their support over the years. Special thanks goes to American Force, Fury Off Road Tires, Full Throttle Suspension, Bodyguard Bumpers, Hornblasters, R1 Concepts, Luxury LEDs, Prismatic Powders, and all his hardworking employees at Tweety's Tire & Welding. Blackjack came to Vegas and beat the house and remains a solid rolling billboard for Tweety's business.
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Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2016 GMC Denali 2500HD
Owner and City/State: Cesar "Tweety" Olivas; Midland, Texas
Club Affiliation: Team Billet
Front Suspension: Full Throttle Suspension solid-axle conversion, 3.0 full-chrome FTS coilovers, 3.0 FTS chrome shocks with reservoirs, 2-inch four-link bars, FTS 4-inch Monster joints, upper shock hoop powdercoated LP blue and chrome, chrome G2 front differential cover, chrome caliper brackets and dust guards, R1 Concepts brake rotors, re-clocking ring for transfer case, front custom driveshaft by FTS
Rear Suspension: Full Throttle Suspension rear coilover conversion 3.0 FTS coilovers, 3.0 FTS chrome shocks with reservoirs, 2-inch four-link bars with 4-inch Monster joints, large FTS center cradle, R1 Concepts rotors, polished driveshaft, full frame powdercoated LP blue
Engine: 6.6L Duramax diesel, full-deleted EFILive, full-chrome 5-inch Flo-Pro exhaust with 10-inch chrome tip
Transmission: Allison tuned by EFILive
Rearend: 4.56:1 gear ratio
Body/Paint: Gloss black, front and rear Bodyguard bumpers, powdercoated black with LP blue inserts, dual 30-inch Luxury LED lightbars, 3-inch Luxury LED pods, 36 color-changing rock lights, custom headlamps and taillights by Tweety's Tire & Welding, Gravel Empire custom grille by Lue, Hornblasters large chrome trumpets, Amp Research XL PowerSteps, front and rear Monster Hooks
Interior: Stitched leather seats, sunroof
Stereo: 8-inch touch screen navigation with Intellilink
Wheels: 26x12 two-piece American Force Spartan MP8 powdercoated LP blue, inner wheel side LP blue with polished large lip, American Force spike lug covers
Tires: 40x15.5R26; Fury Off-Road
Special Thanks: Family members: mother Elva Olivas, father Inez Olivas, wife Rebecca Olivas, brother Jorge N. Olivas; employees: Jorge Olivas, Manny Villela, Angel Baeza, Erica Olivas, Adrian Gomez; friends: Eden Gonzalez, Jerry Olivas, Roman Salinas, Jessy: Brad and Nick from American Force; Frank from FTS; Kelly from Bodyguard Bumpers; Lue Gravel Empire Grilles; Manny from Hornblasters