Green Envy

When the Tow Be­comes the Show


’08 GMC Sierra: When the tow be­comes the show

Own­ing a cus­tom truck and bring­ing it to shows can be a dif­fi­cult task. Driv­ing hun­dreds of miles to dif­fer­ent states to show your ve­hi­cle puts a lot of wear and tear on a cus­tom ve­hi­cle. But Jose and Ro­cio Lopez of Enid, Ok­la­homa, came up with a per­fect so­lu­tion: Jose pur­chased a truck and trailer to tow his wife’s cus­tom Cadil­lac Es­calade to shows.

In late 2012, Jose be­gan search­ing for a durable and re­li­able ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of han­dling the weight. He lo­cated an ’08 GMC

Sierra 1500 in the city of Clin­ton, about three hours away from his house. He made the long trip, picked up the new truck, and headed back home. The GMC was al­ready bagged, but once he ar­rived home he re­al­ized it wasn’t done prop­erly. He and his wife started clean­ing and fix­ing mi­nor is­sues to make the new truck road ready.

In or­der to re­place the sus­pen­sion with new work and new parts, Jose brought the Sierra to Jake McKid­die of Phat Phabz, where the full air-ride was re­moved and repo­si­tioned and the ball joints were fixed. Jake cre­ated a cus­tom hitch on the GMC to al­low for heavy tow­ing. Once the sus­pen­sion was done, Jose de­cided to up­grade the in­te­rior for long rides to shows. He en­listed his friend from Curt’s Cre­ations to add full Katzkin leather seats and pan­els.

For the next year, the Sierra was a work horse for the Lopez family, trans­port­ing their show truck to events. “We went to about 16 shows that year,” Jose tells Truckin. “It was the best in­vest­ment I made.” With all the attention go­ing to his wife’s cus­tom Caddy, Jose felt a bit left out and de­cided he would over­haul the hauler. The

Sierra be­gan its trans­for­ma­tion at Ju­lian’s Cus­toms in Ok­la­homa

City, where Gustavo laid down a rich coat of Syn­ergy Green. Jose’s friend Tox Murillo came in to give the GMC a spe­cial touch by adding graph­ics and cus­tom air­brush art­work. A mu­ral of Jose’s wife was added to the hood to re­mind him where his mo­ti­va­tion came from.

The GMC was brought back to Phat Phabz, where the rear end was cus­tom­ized to fit larger wheels and the new bed was de­signed. From there, Jose brought Green Envy to his friend Alex at Alex’s Up­hol­stery for the en­tire cabin flip, in­clud­ing fiber­glass con­soles and dash­board as well as a ground-pound­ing stereo sys­tem and video setup. The last step was done by Ja­son Van­natta in Mis­souri, who master­fully de­signed and cus­tom­ized the en­gine bay and metal work for the un­der­car­riage.

Green Envy started as a rig with the sole pur­pose of trans­port­ing a show car and be­came a mas­ter­piece that now re­quires a trans­port for it­self. Jose wishes to thank God and his beau­ti­ful wife, Ro­cio, and their kids, Hed­win and Ian, for their love and sup­port. A spe­cial thanks goes to his good friends Gustavo, Ju­lian, Tox, Ger­ald Martin, Ja­son, Jake, and, of course, Phil for the great pho­tos.

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