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1994 GMC 1500- El Guapo

The Handsome One

Phil Gordon
Nov 15, 2019
In some cases, a tragedy brings out the very best and most creative sides of us. For Robert Sharp of Live Oak, Texas, a tragedy catapulted his need for a custom truck. It started as a young child when he and his older brother, Brent, grew up helping their father, Brent Sr., build and repair v vehicles. As the Sharp brothers got older, Brent got his first truck and Robert was next to follow. Robert's purchase was a classic Chevy C10 that was purchased with the anticipation of all three Sharp men customizing it.
Unfortunately, Robert's father was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away shortly after. Brent decided to take on the build and bring Robert's Chevy to new heights. Some years later, Robert decided to sell the classic for something newer and more reliable. His close friend Steven had just recently lost his father as well and was selling his father's stock 1994 GMC 1500 truck. Robert knew that it would help with the family's finances as well as fulfilling the need for a newer truck.
Photo 2/18   |   1994 Gmc 1500 El Guapo Rear 3q
After the purchase, Robert brought the GMC home and as he puts it, "It's the only time the truck rolled stock." Robert and Brent decided to convert the stock truck to something different. Robert purchased an Extensive front and rear airbag kit and the Sharp brothers 'bagged the GMC in the garage almost immediately. After the suspension, it was time to get to the heavy work as friend Johnny Delgado as well as the Sharp brothers tore the truck apart and shaved it smooth.
Once prepped for paint, Robert went through a number of ideas that started with a bright red paint. That bright red switched to a Kandy Pink and Magenta when he saw the truck and just pictured it much brighter. Pat Maxwell was enlisted to add the realistic flame graphics with Robert adding the Kandy Magenta and the clearcoat. Of course, no custom truck is complete without adding a motor that can handle the everyday commute, so Brent removed the stock 4.3L V-6 motor and replaced it with a 350 bored over to a 377 displacement.
Photo 3/18   |   1994 Gmc 1500 El Guapo Engine
With the interior being the only thing left untouched on the GMC, Robert and Brent added a full custom interior starting with a fiberglass dashboard. The seat pans were created and metalwork was constructed by Brandon Fiessinger from Self Made Fab. The door panels were painted to match with metalwork overflowing onto the panels as well. To keep the interior clean and replacing the standard leather shifter, Brent built an aluminum console that covered the shifter and housed the buttons for the door poppers.
Photo 4/18   |   1994 Gmc 1500 El Guapo Interior
Robert wishes to thank his father, Brent Sr., as well as his older brother Brent for all the help and support that was given. Although it all started from a tragedy, Robert knows that his father would be looking down on him today with pride to see how far he has taken his GMC 1500. As a proud member of Xksessiv truck club, one of his club brothers Opie who was originally nicknamed Robert "El Guapo" (translates to "The Handsome") later transferred that name to his custom 1500. Robert tells Truckin, "We can't be working with much, if I'm the handsome one of our club."
Photo 5/18   |   1994 Gmc 1500 El Guapo Drive
Photo 6/18   |   1994 Gmc 1500 El Guapo Wheel
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1994 GMC 1500
Owner and City/State: Robert Sharp; Live Oak, Texas
Club Affiliation: Eksessiv
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Custom narrowed control arm suspension, custom rack-and-pinion steering, custom tubular arms, DJM spindles, SSBC Big Bite brakes, 2600-pound Firestone airbags
Rear Suspension: Custom two-link with track bar, 2600-pound Firestone airbags, Airlift 3H air management, custom 3/8 stainless hardlines, dual Viair 480 compressors, 7-gallon Airlift tank, all suspension done by Brent Sharp and Steven Henderson at Sharp Ingenuities
Drivetrain:
Engine: 377 small-block Chevy, Edelbrock CnC aluminum heads, Edelbrock high rise intake, Comp Engineering valve train, Holley Sniper EFI, Billet Specialties serpentine pulleys, custom Sanderson headers, custom exhaust with Flowmaster super 40s
Transmission: TH400 with 3600-stall
Rearend: narrowed 8.8 rearend
Body/Paint: Stock-floor body drop, custom mixed Spies Hecker Magenta, House of Kolor Pink Pearl flames, custom pinstripe all done by Patrick Maxwell and Robert Sharp, full shaved firewall, custom fenderwells, shaved door handles, antenna, wiper cowl, taillights, third brake light, gas door, stake pockets, molded roll pan with custom LED lights, raised custom bed floor, cowl hood all done by Johnny Delgado, Brent Sharp and Robert Sharp
Interior: Custom sheetmetal dashboard, custom sheetmetal bench seat, custom sheetmetal door panels, custom leather headliner and seat pads, custom pink carpet, custom shifter boot, smoothed and painted plastics, Billet Specialties tilt steering column, Billet Specialties Psycho steering wheel, Dakota Digital gauges all done by Brandon Fiessinger of Self Made Fab along with Brent Sharp and Robert Sharp
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5, 22x10; Intro Spyders
Tires: 265/35R22, 295/35R22; Toyo Proxes
Special Thanks: Brent Sharp, Verna Sharp, Melissa Sharp, Steven Henderson, Oppie Paredez, Johnny Delgado, Todd Chezem, Tommy Meek, The Berrys, Robert Barrera, Francisco Rebelloso and all my EksessiV family and most importantly my father Brent Sharp Sr.

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