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.”