THE WHITE WHALE

Dy­lan Dir­ick­son’s 2014 GMC Sierra

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JON HANSEN PHO­TOS BY GRANT COX

NOT EV­ERY BUILD TO­DAY IS DONE WITH THE IN­TEN­TION OF BREAK­ING THE IN­TER­NET OR BE­ING THE FIRST TO ACHIEVE “THE NEXT BIG THING.” There’s cer­tainly noth­ing wrong with those plans, but they aren’t ev­ery­one’s priority. Dy­lan Dir­ick­son of Elk City, Ok­la­homa, had more prac­ti­cal goals in mind when he set out on his first full build. He wanted some­thing re­li­able to com­fort­ably trans­port him­self and his grow­ing fam­ily to the many long dis­tance shows they at­tend each year. With that in mind, as well as his lady’s ap­proval of the project, he set out to find his ideal start­ing point.

He spot­ted a ’14 GMC Sierra on a lo­cal car lot and no­ticed that it had the longer 6.5-foot bed. Dy­lan had seen a few of these Chevro­lets with the longer bed op­tion ’bagged but never the GMC. So he de­cided then and there to be the first to lay out the Sierra 6.5-foot bed.

Not only is Dy­lan an Ok­la­homa res­i­dent and truck en­thu­si­ast, he’s also a Sev­ered Ties pe­ti­tioner, so there was no ques­tion where the truck would be headed for its new sus­pen­sion setup, Phat Phabz in Ok­la­homa City. Jake Mck­id­die and his team are some of the most well-known builders in the na­tion, in ad­di­tion to be­ing OKC lo­cals. Dy­lan was al­ready friends with the crew, so it was a no-brainer. The plan was to ’bag the Sierra on Race­line bil­let wheels to keep it sim­ple and re­li­able. He left it with Jake and headed off to Biloxi for his wed­ding the fol­low­ing week­end.

A few months down the road, Jake called Dy­lan up and asked if he was in­ter­ested in turn­ing the GMC into a SEMA build. The op­por­tu­nity came about when a spot opened up in the Truck He­roes booth for Un­der­cover Bed Cov­ers. “I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend my first SEMA, build my first SEMA truck and visit Las Ve­gas all for the first time, so I accepted the chal­lenge,” Dy­lan told us.

Since his truck was now a SEMA build, Dy­lan de­cided to step it up a bit. Phat Phabz laid the truck out with cus­tom ½-inch plate con­trol arms up front and a tri­an­gu­lated 4-link in the rear. Us­ing Ac­cuair elevel man­age­ment, the truck rides ide­ally on per­fect pre­sets for long trips, in­clud­ing the drive to Ve­gas. Set up on Air­lift 2600 ’bags in the front and sleeve ’bags in the back, the truck was def­i­nitely a driver and could take a beat­ing. In ad­di­tion to the stout sus­pen­sion setup, Dy­lan wanted to make sure his truck looked the part of a SEMA build and be­gan to think of ad­di­tions to his GMC blue­print.

He took the truck to Curt Enochs of Curt’s Cre­ations, not only to shave the headrests off the seats, but to do a full di­a­mond-stitched Katzkin kit as well. Then he re­moved all of the in­te­rior trim and had Michael La­plante add blue metal-flake ac­cents for a pop of color in the cab. If that wasn’t enough, Phoenix Gold au­dio was added to the mix. On the ex­te­rior, a cus­tom front bumper, cus­tom head­lights and a bil­let grille were added to make the truck unique.

Dy­lan has put well over 25,000 miles on the truck since SEMA 2016. it’s easy to see how this Sierra is ex­actly what he wanted it to be.

SHAV­ING THE HEADRESTS ALONG WITH THE DIAMONDSTITCHED KATZKIN UP­HOL­STERY KIT CRE­ATE AN EN­TIRELY DIF­FER­ENT SEAT­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

BE­LOW. LIT­TLE TOUCHES, LIKE MATCH­ING THE BED COLOR TO THE WHEELS, RE­ALLY SET OFF THIS GMC.

DY­LAN ADDED A COLOR AC­CENT WITH OLD-SCHOOL METAL-FLAKE TRIM TO THE IN­TE­RIOR.

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