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fter sell­ing my SEMA 2014 build (a 2014 Sil­ver­ado lifted 15 inches), I knew I wanted to step up the level of build and do some­thing never done be­fore”, Bran­don writes. “I had never seen this color Tundra built be­fore, nor had I ever seen a Tundra built to this level, so I wanted to be a first for both.” Step­ping up the level of the build is ex­actly what he did.

Go­ing into the build with a well-rounded his­tory of build­ing both cars and trucks, as well as a re­spectable knowl­edge of the craft and valu­able part­ner­ships, Bran­don was able to pull off one of SEMA’s most ad­mired truck builds. Of course, builds like this are of­ten the work of many hands and minds. Bran­don ex­tends heart­felt thanks to part­ner and spon­sor Rimz One in Mooresville, NC for the work on the ex­te­rior, sus­pen­sion and per­for­mance im­prove­ments, as well as Ul­ti­mate Au­dio in Lex­ing­ton, SC for the cus­tom in­te­rior work.

Ex­tra power un­der the hood comes cour­tesy of an Ai­raid in­take and shorty head­ers from Doug Thor­ley, but the real draw to this truck is in its cus­tom style touches. The Sun­set Bronze Mica and cop­per color scheme, which re­mains con­gru­ent through the Fuel wheels, lights and in­te­rior, car­ries a sim­i­lar al­lure to ex­pen­sive choco­late in or­nate, dec­o­ra­tive pack­ag­ing. Even the truck’s un­der­side shines with a gor­geous paint job. All sus­pen­sion, axle and dif­fer­en­tial com­po­nents were ei­ther color-matched to the truck’s body paint or pow­der-coated cop­per.

The “Dark Earth” theme con­tin­ues in­side with beau­ti­ful brown leather and suede up­hol­stery from Road­wire, ac­cented with di­a­mond stitch­ing, dec­o­rat­ing the cock­pit. Color-matched dash pan­els, door pan­els and trim around all of the Memphis Au­dio M-Class sound sys­tem’s com­po­nents re­ally drives the theme home and gives the rugged look­ing truck a sur­pris­ingly lux­u­ri­ous feel.

As ex­pected, the truck was a hit for SEMA, pleas­ing crowds and spon­sors alike. Be­ing a well-rounded builder, how­ever, usu­ally means that no project is ever truly “com­plete." One year af­ter pur­chas­ing the car, and six months af­ter steal­ing the show at SEMA, Bran­don de­cided it was time to go the dis­tance and turn this build into a dif­fer­ent kind of spec­ta­cle in April of 2016. Al­ready happy with the way the truck it­self was look­ing, Bur­rell took an un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to re­vamp­ing his show truck by way of a cus­tom-built, theme-matched trailer (thanks to Rhino Lin­ings of WNC) made to carry three cus­tom Honda Groms.

“I HAD NEVER SEEN THIS COLOR TUNDRA BUILT BE­FORE, NOR HAD I EVER SEEN A TUNDRA BUILT TO THIS LEVEL, SO I WANTED TO BE A FIRST FOR BOTH.”

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