The Mayor

When You’re Known By What You Drive

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY BRYAN FROSS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: BRYAN FROSS

When you’re known by the ’65 GMC you drive

The pop­u­lar­ity of ’60s and ’70s GM trucks at shows has soared in re­cent years, and so has the promi­nence of patina on these and other trucks. This style of leav­ing the orig­i­nal paint intact and pre­serv­ing it in that con­di­tion with lay­ers of clearcoat can be found at any car show around the coun­try. Car­los Es­coto’s ’65 GMC cus­tom pickup is a per­fect ex­am­ple.

Car­los re­mem­bers a con­ver­sa­tion with his close friend Del about how the GMC trucks are “just cooler, and we should build it.” So, that’s just what they did. This truck was taken over to Delmo’s Speed & Kus­tom with the in­ten­tion to lay it out, mod­ern­ize some as­pects, but stick with mostly OEM parts on the build. Dur­ing the build process, Del told Car­los, “When we fin­ish the truck, ev­ery­one will know you as if you’re the mayor of the city.”

The ’65 was taken apart and any­thing that wasn’t be­ing used was tossed aside. The crew at Delmo’s started a full Porter­built chas­sis treat­ment with their drop­mem­ber C-notch and four-link to bring the GMC all the way down to the pave­ment as well as sup­port the kind of pow­er­plant that was planned for this ride. An airbag sus­pen­sion was in­stalled with Ac­cuair e-Level for con­trol. The frame is also home to CPP drilled brake ro­tors and spin­dles. The en­tire chas­sis was pow­der­coated black. Delmo’s also bolted up a set of 22x8.5 Delmo Spe­cial Wheels with 255/30R22 rub­ber.

In or­der to give Car­los’ truck some se­ri­ous power and that mod­ern touch to bring it into this cen­tury, a 6.0L V-8 from an

’07 Chevy was dropped be­tween the fram­erails with a 4L60E heavy-duty trans­mis­sion. Ad­di­tion­ally, the en­gine re­ceived Hol­ley EFI di­rect in­jec­tors, a throt­tle body, and Delmo’s old-school-style valve cov­ers. The en­gine was built at Delmo’s and tuned by Ja­son Bow­man of Big 10 Garage.

When the time came to put the cab and bed back on the chas­sis, Car­los tasked Em­pire Fab­ri­ca­tion with turn­ing his fac­tory longbed into a short­bed with­out us­ing any body filler, which would void the over­all patina look. The GMC now has a cou­ple more lines of char­ac­ter on each side and a nice, clean, short­ened bed. In­side the rear quar­ter pan­els, the guys at Delmo’s mod­i­fied the wheel­tubs to fit nicely with the raised wood bed floor. Other body­work was per­formed by Nick from Hub­caps Hotrod and Cus­tom.

Mov­ing in­side The Mayor, you’ll find mostly stock look­ing in­te­rior parts that were cleaned up to amaz­ing con­di­tion for a truck that is more than 50 years old. The up­hol­stery was re­done by Fat Lucky’s, in­clud­ing new car­pet and a very cool bench seat cov­ered in hound­stooth fab­ric.

As a sign of re­spect for the work done by Delmo’s, Car­los asked each mem­ber of the crew to scrawl their sig­na­ture on his frame. Just in case the per­son­al­ized li­cense plates weren’t enough to brand his ’65 GMC with its given name, Car­los has a re­ally cool cus­tom-en­graved gas cap em­bla­zoned with The Mayor in the fac­tory lo­ca­tion right be­hind the driver door. There is no doubt now in his mind that The Mayor was the per­fect name for this build. “Now more peo­ple know me be­cause of my truck than from any­thing else,” he says.

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