Busted Knuck­les

If Only It Came With a Bow

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHOTOGRAPHY: PHIL GOR­DON

David Pen­ning­ton, Jr. wasn’t into cus­tom trucks un­til his brother Tim re­ceived an ’86 Chevy S10 for his 14th birth­day. Then Tim started sav­ing money and buy­ing cus­tom parts for his new truck. “Once I saw what he was do­ing, I started to get in­volved,” David tells Truckin. “Even though he’s my younger brother, I was learn­ing from him.”

When David turned 16, it was his turn. His par­ents got him a ’91 Chevy S10 4x4. At the risk of sound­ing un­grate­ful, David never re­ally felt the body style of his truck stood out the way he wanted it to. After a cou­ple of years, he sold the S10 and found a ’93 GMC Sonoma at a lo­cal car lot and pur­chased it for him­self. The ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the two was trim pack­age, but the GMC had higher-end op­tions, with the in­te­rior and painted front and rear bumpers in­stead of Chevy chrome.

The very first thing David did was bring the Sonoma to the ground. He en­listed Phil Fowler of Drop Werks in Ne­wark, Delaware, for the sus­pen­sion work. David and his friend Matt brought the GMC to a friend’s house, where they shaved the han­dles, gave the GMC sui­cide doors, and added Cadil­lac Deville brake lights and a roll pan.

David en­joyed the progress for a while, un­til he met Eric from Lit­tle Shop and in­quired about a body drop. The Sonoma was brought to the shop, where Eric and his tal­ented crew built the 2x3 box tub­ing, body dropped the GMC, and added Ac­cuair E-level. The next step was trans­form­ing the mo­tor from the stock 4.3L V-6 to an ’04 Pon­tiac GTO mo­tor. An ’04 Chevy Colorado front end was added to the Sonoma to give it an up­dated look. For the in­te­rior, Eric in­stalled a ’59 Chevy dash­board to add some cre­ativ­ity to the cabin.

Al­though David has more to com­plete, he wishes to thank his lov­ing par­ents for their gen­er­ous gift to him and his brother. He wishes to thank his brother for ini­ti­at­ing the pas­sion that he now has for trucks. A spe­cial thanks also goes to Eric and his ded­i­cated crew at Lit­tle Shop Mfg. and to Dave at After Hours Fab for all his hard work, and lastly to his Re­laxed At­mos­phere family for al­ways be­ing there with a helping hand.

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