GROWING UP, WE ALL REMEMBER GETTING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE AND BUYING YOUR FIRST VEHICLE. Greg Dennis of Leesville, South Carolina, remembers purchasing his first vehicle like it was yesterday. In 1994, Greg purchased his ’82 Chevrolet C10.
“It was my first truck,” Greg recalls. “My dad had to cosign for me. I cut grass every day after school just to make the payments.”
Little did he know, this C10 would be receiving a major facelift in the future.
A few years passed as Greg continued through school. Greg’s longtime friend, James Smith, had a truck around the same time as well. They became best friends and later on roommates. One day, James showed Greg a truckin’ magazine and immediately he was hooked!
“I had caught the truck bug,” Greg says. “It has been a 25- year dream to be featured in a magazine with a truck that I built. You know you’ve arrived when you are a part of the guys that paved the way for custom vehicles.”
Although Greg didn’t start his C10 build until recently, he never lost sight of his dream.
November 2018 is when Greg decided to begin Operation TRAMP. As every vehicle enthusiast knows, it’s hard to keep a vehicle stock! Greg knew that to make this truck perfect, he would have to start from scratch. He “blew the truck apart” all the way down to the bare frame.
First things first, Greg dropped the truck off with Dwayne Heape at Xtreme Customs in Lexington, South Carolina. Dwayne and his crew immediately got to work on Operation TRAMP. Luckily, they were able to keep the original frame for the build. The guys at the shop modified the frame and added a Rydman Ranch complete front dropmember and back half. Greg wanted this C10 to lay completely on the ground, so a TRE5 Customs bodydrop kit was also installed. With any custom vehicle build, there are always a few problems.
“We had a few problems come up here and there with the frame modifications,” Greg says. “Body dropping a truck is not an easy task.”
Greg kept pushing forward and never lost hope in the build. Fortunately, Greg has an extremely supportive family that kept him motivated. His wife was by his side throughout the entire process. As the changes to the frame were nearing completion, they raised the bed floor mount so that everything would line up perfectly once the build was complete. After the issues were resolved and the chassis and frame modifications were almost finished, it was time to add some air ride. Accuair e-level was installed and Greg couldn’t be happier. He was finally building the truck of his dreams and nothing would stand in his way in finishing this truck.
The framework was finished, so Greg moved on to the exterior. He says he “wanted something radical. Something that would really stand out.” He decided to keep the original chrome front bumper but swapped to a Blazer rear bumper. Greg added a billet grille to keep the clean lines of the front end. Since the truck would be laying on the ground when completely aired out, Greg knew he would have to modify the wheel wells. He installed Hart Fab inner and outer tubs so he could tuck any wheel he wanted without any issues. Another good friend of Greg’s, Bruce Casillo, also had a hand in the build. Bruce tubbed the firewall so that the truck would sit low without any rubbing. Dwayne also had to modify the radiator support for what was to come. To keep the body lines nice and clean, Greg shaved the drip rails, emblem holes, stake pockets, gas filler door and windshield wipers.
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