Self-made Sonoma

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This ’91 GMC Sonoma S-15, be­long­ing to Mike Tay­lor out of Vir­ginia, came to life a bit un­ex­pect­edly. Mike pur­chased the truck as a bed source for the ’93 S-10 he’d been work­ing on, the S-15 wasn’t orig­i­nally some­thing he’d planned to keep around for long. With a work­ing four­cylin­der and five-speed, how­ever, Mike found it hard to let go of a per­fectly good truck. So, after mak­ing a bed for it, he put it on the road. When the tranny and four-cylin­der even­tu­ally died, Mike de­cided to put more work into the truck for a full-on build.

While he was driv­ing it the ’91 re­ceived a new driver’s door, new fend­ers, radiator sup­port, hood and other up­keep. The Sonoma houses a com­plete com­puter, wiring har­ness and en­gine swap out of an ’88 Fire­bird Mike bought for the job. To­day, the truck sports the TPI 350 en­gine with a 700R4 trans­mis­sion. On the sus­pen­sion side, Ran­cho ad­justable shocks on the rear and Gabriel shocks on the front make this GMC a smooth ride. A dually con­ver­sion with 15x7 Steel Wheels and adap­tors, made by Cus­tom and Com­mer­cial Wheel in Cal­i­for­nia, cre­ate a to­tally cus­tom look.

On the in­te­rior, new vinyl floor­ing and door pan­els from LMC Truck keep things look­ing sharp, while Cor­beau bucket seats cre­ate a look that’s truly unique. A Cervini hood and a host of self-made ad­di­tions dress up the ex­te­rior. Rear fend­ers from Jeep fend­ers have been meshed with ad­di­tional metal. Mike also painted the truck him­self us­ing TCP Global sin­gle-stage Olive Drab.

With a plan to keep the work go­ing and beef up the bed in the fu­ture, we can’t wait to see where Mike takes this build.

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