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Ever­ardo Ozuna’s 2007 GMC Sierra Clas­sic

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JON HANSEN PHO­TOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

EVERY­ONE HAS SOME­THING THAT MO­TI­VATES THEM. Re­gard­less of their fo­cus or pas­sion, many were led to their path by some­one they looked up to as a role model. For Ever­ardo Ozuna, it started when he was in high school. Ever­ardo had no urge to be in the NFL, nor did he want to be a lawyer. His life goal was to one day be­come a mem­ber of the Ground Zero fam­ily. When he turned 18, he be­gan work­ing on a 2006 Sil­ver­ado project, but it just wasn’t enough for him at the time, so he sold it to be­gin work on a true show truck.

Set­ting his stan­dards high, Ever­ardo got work the day af­ter Christ­mas 2015. “I knew I had to step my game up to get into Ground Zero, so I de­cided to buy a 2007 GMC Sierra Clas­sic. That’s where it all be­gan.”

He got started by min­i­miz­ing wheel gap. He sent the Sierra to Drop Shop Cus­toms to have it laid on the ground where it be­longed. Us­ing a cus­tom 2-link chas­sis setup and an Ek­sten­sive front sus­pen­sion kit, the GMC was laid out in no time. With the air sus­pen­sion and en­larged rear tubs in the truck bed, the In­tro Torino wheels were ready to be fit into their new home. With just a few mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the orig­i­nal plans, the 26x12-inch rear wheels fi­nally sat per­fectly in the newly mod­i­fied and aired-out bed.

For many builders, choos­ing the in­te­rior is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions of a build be­cause it’s where they’ll spend most of their time once the truck is fin­ished. Ever­ardo didn’t take the task lightly. Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, he went with smooth, light tan leather for most of the cab, in­clud­ing the dash, seats, head­liner, door pan­els and even the cus­tom Cadil­lac

Es­calade cen­ter con­sole. For an ex­tra fil­lip of flair, he had the team at RGV Uphol­stery add quilted di­a­mond stitch­ing on top of their al­ready ex­cel­lent work. With bil­let touches on every­thing from the AC vents to the steer­ing wheel, it’s dif­fi­cult to re­mem­ber that the in­te­rior used to be pewter col­ored. One week later, the guys at Au­dio Shop in Pharr, Texas, got to work in­stalling a pow­er­ful setup con­sist­ing of mul­ti­ple pairs of Orion speak­ers, as well as a mas­sive pair of 15-inch Sun­down Au­dio subwoofers.

The ic­ing on the cake was the paint, which was ap­plied the day af­ter Au­dio Shop com­pleted the sound sys­tem. The truck went di­rectly to

KME Auto Body Spe­cial­ist where it was trans­formed with a cus­tom-mixed blue pearl. The only thing miss­ing was the graph­ics, so In­dio of In­dio De­signs stepped in to fix that lit­tle prob­lem and laid down the silky gray and red graph­ics across the freshly painted bed­side.

Ever­ardo’s dreams came true mid-build in Septem­ber 2016 when his friend and se­nior Ground Zero club mem­ber in­vited him to be­come a part of the fam­ily. Hav­ing com­pleted the build in Fe­bru­ary 2017, with his Ground Zero broth­ers by his side, Ever­ardo de­buted the Sierra at the 2017 Lone Star Throwdown and the truck has been turn­ing heads ever since.

THE TWO SUN­DOWN AU­DIO 15-INCH SUBWOOFERS PACK QUITE A PUNCH WITH THE BASS HITS.

THE 7.5-INCH OUTER LIPS ON THE REAR WHEELS LOOK GREAT TUCKED DEEP IN­SIDE THE FEND­ERS.

AT­TEN­TION TO DE­TAIL WAS NOT AN IS­SUE FOR EVER­ARDO WITH THE IN­TE­RIOR.

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