Top 10 Slammed Chevy And GMC Trucks
Our Favorite Lowered To The Ground GMs!
There's just something so refreshing about seeing a well-done lowered truck. The trend these days is to lift everything to the sky, so finding a clean slammed truck just makes the heart happy. It doesn't matter to us if it's an old truck, classic truck, new truck, or not even a truck. All that matters is the lower, the better!
We recently pulled together a list of our 10 favorite lowered GM truck builds from the Truck Trend Network archives, which are shown below in no particular order. Check them all out now!
Like many automotive enthusiasts, the passion for trucks, cars, and really anything with wheels begins long before we can legally drive. In the case of Keith Hathaway, his journey to what you see here started back in high school. You see, in the early '90s, Keith had a friend named Dennis Martin whose father, Jerry, drove a Chevrolet C/K with a few custom touches including Cadillac taillights and a mural painted on the tailgate.
Family isn't just about blood relations. In the truck enthusiast world, when you spend a lot of time with people based on your mutual interests, you create bonds that are incredibly strong, and those people become more than just friends. The tale of Chad Fincher's 1950 Chevrolet 3100 pickup is that kind of story.
One of the largest stigmas in the truck culture is the phrase "built not bought." Some people look down on those who purchase a built truck rather than build it themselves. In the long run, it's a better financial investment to pull out your checkbook rather than the grueling task of going from shop to shop to get the best deal and find the best builder. The 1985 Chevy C-10 in this story started under the tutelage truck builder Tony Phillips. Tony purchased the truck and began building it to his liking.
Nick has always had his eye on minitrucks, being an avid subscriber to Mini Truckin magazine. He first entered the scene at 16 years old when he purchased a Chevy S-10. As a student in high school, he didn't have the funds to make it unique but dreamed about what he could do one day.
"Let's just lower it a little with new wheels and brakes." These have probably been the famous last words of more builds than we could ever count here in these pages. You see, Ron Palmero bought this beautifully restored 1965 C10, and at first, he was just thinking of a few subtle changes to really make it his own. But the more Ron stewed (and read custom truck magazines such as this—we're a bad influence, and we know it), the more Ron wanted to change up his newly acquired resto truck.
Bigger is what he found when he located a 2010 GMC Sierra in Houston, Texas. The truck was owned by a Team Billet member named Diego. It had good bones to it, but Albert had bigger ideas. He contacted Diego, and for weeks, they arranged a price and images of the GMC were sent to Albert. The next step saw Albert boarding a plane with a one-way ticket and arriving at the Houston airport. Diego was waiting in the truck, and for the first time, Albert truly fell in love with the full-size GMC.
Of course, finding a truck to build becomes one of the hardest and most timely tasks for any builder. The very next day, Warren found an '87 GMC R10 pickup about two hours from his house. "The GMC was basically a body with an engine sitting in it," Warren adds. "Even my dad told me this was going to be a difficult project." Difficult wasn't something that would deter Warren, so the truck was loaded on a flatbed and brought home for the start of "The Breeze."
Mike Snead is a family man through and through. Born and raised on the Southwest side of Houston, Texas, Mike is the youngest of five kids. With three brothers and a sister, Mike's father started a construction company in the early '60s that specialized in site work and utilities. When Mike became an adult, he slowly integrated into the family business and became the project manager and safety director in Houston. During his younger years, he had some Chevy half-tons and did his best to make them look good but never really delved into the truck scene too deeply.
We've been friends with Dennis Sever for a long time now. Back around 2001, when the Brothers Truck Show was still small enough to fit in a school parking lot, we came across Dennis hanging out around his turquoise and white '64 C10. It was a longbed and a small window, but it had a good look and a good stance—and if you remember that far back, you know that there weren't a ton of '60-'66 C10s being built in the first place. We shot the truck for a feature soon after and have been friends ever since.
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 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.