Justin Ahumada grew up loving square body trucks and now he’s finally going to have the daily driver of his dreams: a 1976 GMC Sierra Grande that is slated to make its debut in a few weeks time at Dino’s Git Down event in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I’ve always been attracted to that body style since I was a kid,” said Ahumada, who has been daily driving his 2015 Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider until his new machine is ready. “The vision is to have a killer daily driver that is awesome.”
The general manager of Dixxon Flannel Company, a form-meets-function apparel brand with a proud blue collar heritage reflected in its wrench and hammer logo, Ahumada wanted a build that matched his workday aesthetic. To accomplish that, Ahumada turned his truck over to Cory Bones at Broken Bones Garage in Queen Creek, Arizona, where it is now in the final stages of its extensive rebuild.
“Justin is really passionate about the truck and it’s been great being able to work with to take his ideas and take it one step further to make this build that much better for him,” said Bones.
The vehicle features a Choppin’ Block suspension paired with an AccuAir e-Level air management system, custom Dakota Digital VHX series gauges featuring the Dixxon hammer and wrench crest, Wilwood brakes front and rear, Optima battery power, and dual Magnaflow exhaust.
Under the hood is an LS1 engine and transmission, sourced from a 2002 Camaro. In its initial tune, the builder is targeting a conservative 300 horsepower but Ahumada expects to ramp up the power in the future.
And the vibrant green machine will no doubt turn heads on the streets of Arizona. “Aesthetically it’s going to be a patina look,” said Ahumada. “It’s still going to feel like an old work truck.”
For the interior, Cebalos Customs in Tempe, Arizona, sourced some new old stock GM plaid for the upholstery, which is paired with a white vinyl wrapped dash and white door panels.
And Ahumada chose Torque Thrust wheels to complete his project. Although the build team discussed a staggered fitment, a practical setup ultimately won the day. With 20x8s front and rear, he will still be able to follow a regular tire rotation schedule. “They’ve got a good nostalgic old-school look to them, so they matched the truck perfectly,” he said.
Although technically a C15, since it comes from the GMC line, the vehicle has been dubbed the Dixxon Flannel C10, since the two vehicles were originally built on a shared platform.
Bones specializes in bumper-to-bumper restorations and the new-old Dixxon Flannel machine is currently sharing shop space with a host of interesting vehicles including an LS-swapped ’56 Bel Air, a ‘61 Chevy C10, and a ‘58 Apache that’s in the process of getting a 454 big block transplant. Says Bones: “It’s nice to build something that you yourself would want to own.”