The Wed­ding Guest

Seated at Ta­ble One


This ’89 GMC Sierra was seated at ta­ble one

When peo­ple get mar­ried, house­hold gifts or cash are gen­er­ally given. But Eric Pem­ber of Pittsville, Wis­con­sin, wanted to sur­prise his beau­ti­ful wife Brid­get with a truck he was build­ing. His pas­sion for truck build­ing started when he was only seven years old. His fa­ther owned an auto re­pair shop that worked on mostly 4x4 trucks in the small cen­tral Wis­con­sin town. He be­gan helping his fa­ther and tells Truckin, “I thought I was helping, but look­ing back I was prob­a­bly more in his way.” At 14, Eric was more hands-on and started out with oil changes and brakes, even­tu­ally pro­gress­ing to en­gine work.

Dur­ing his se­nior year in high school, he pur­chased his first truck, a ’78 GMC, and had it for a cou­ple of years un­til rust got the bet­ter of it. The next truck he pur­chased was a ’92 GMC, which he low­ered, but it was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent and he needed to find an­other truck. Par­tial to GMC trucks, he went look­ing at car lots and found a stock mint ’89 GMC Sierra that he just fell in love with. It was a south­ern truck, so it was in pretty good con­di­tion, but it didn’t stay stock for long.

The first step was low­er­ing the truck to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from all the 4x4s in town. The stock 305 was re­moved and re­placed with a 350 to add some speed to the GMC. New bumpers were in­stalled to add a cus­tom flare to the Sierra, but Eric still wasn’t sat­is­fied. He found a set of 22-inch wheels and, with the stan­dard low­er­ing he had done, it didn’t work out. Eric brought the truck back to his shop where he added the stock floor body drop to bring the GMC to the ground.

By this time, Eric and his wife had got­ten en­gaged and he made a prom­ise to his bride that the truck would be fin­ished on their wed­ding day. Of course, that meant it would take end­less days and nights pro­duc­ing a mas­ter­ful com­pleted truck. Time was tick­ing as Eric got busy cus­tomiz­ing ev­ery­thing he could. For the ex­te­rior, he searched through paint swatches, and the Ford Mag­netic Gray just stood out. He en­listed PK Auto for the com­plete color change, which cov­ers ev­ery inch of the pickup. The next stop was Brad’s Cus­tom Up­hol­stery for a cus­tom touch that blends black leather and os­trich to­gether. Eric added a full cus­tom stereo setup to the GMC to round out the in­te­rior.

The truck was com­pleted days be­fore the wed­ding as Eric had promised, and Brid­get couldn’t have been more proud of his ac­com­plish­ment. The truck was brought to the cer­e­mony to sym­bol­ize the pas­sion they both shared and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to com­plete any­thing they put their hearts into. The Wed­ding

Guest made an im­pact on both their lives, and they plan on rel­ish­ing the life­long en­joy­ment their mar­riage and the GMC Sierra will bring to them both.

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