The truck has been blown apart from its original custom state solely for the sake of putting it back together again.
Who needs a better reason to build a legit cover truck other than “It’s the cool thing to do”? That’s the sole excuse Ben Shelton gave us when explaining the history behind his project GMC Jimmy, and to be honest, it’s a highly respectable, no-B.S. reason to invest thousands of dollars and roughly a year’s worth of time into a vehicle.
Shane Thompson, the man responsible for the Jimmy’s first wave of customization, gave the truck a firm foundation for Ben to start his version of a rebuild. To top off the Jimmy’s hard-laying, doored stance came a flood of body modifications deep enough to drown any doubt that this truck isn’t top shelf. The gas filler was relocated to the roof, and a 3-inch traditional along with a 3-inch stock-floor bodydrop were conducted, and enough room was cut to clear a 20/22 combo that is as hard as the ground this GMC pounds. And to clear up any confusion, Ben garbage-canned the original Jimmy front end and glued a ’97 Chevy Blazer nose in its place.
Don’t act surprised at the quality and quantity of mods done to the GMC, because Ben has been wrapped up in the world of minitruckin' for the past 11 years. In that time, he's seen trends birth and pass on, and keeping things streamlined and classic is always the safest bet. Ben's also seen the great things that can be accomplished when true friends and close family get together and focus on a positive force. Ben received help with his build from every direction from his circle of loved ones and the outcome is proof that great people can still be found behind great trucks.
And what will technically go down in the books as a rebuild, let it be said that Ben’s Jimmy has undergone one hell of a rebirth! The truck has been blown apart from its original custom state solely for the sake of putting it back together again. The only difference is that this time around, this GMC is a better representation of its current owner’s taste.
Owner: Ben Shelton
Ride: 2000 GMC Jimmy
Hometown: Bellevegas, IL
Club: Negative Camber
Wheels: 20x8 Intro Radicalli (front) 22x8 (rear)
Tires: 245/35/20 Nitto (front) 265/35/22 (rear)
Suspension (front): Stock arms pie cut, 2600lb ’bags
Suspension (rear): Four-link with ’bags on lower bars
Shocks: Nitro at all corners
Frame Mods: 2.5x2.5-inch frame from firewall back
Brakes: Baer big-brake kit
Misc.: Red underglow lights for all the haters
Performed By: Shane Thompson
Shaved: Antenna, door handles, gas door, taillights, one wiper, rockers, tailgate crap, roof rack, cab seams, hood pissers
Bodydrop: 6 total inches—3-inch stock-floor and 3-inch traditional
Body Mods: One-off hood, gas filler moved to the roof
Suicide Doors: Yep, both swing backward
Bolt-ons: '97 Blazer grille and headlights
Performed By: Friends
Brand & Colors: PPG Silver
Misc.: “All prep was done by my closest friends.”
Performed By: Sprayed by Ranger Brian, Jed and Joe Joe helped with the fixes
Seats: Mazda MX-3 wrapped in red
Dash: Dyed red
Gauges: GMC Bravada
Misc.: Billet here and there, one-off console billet pieces, red neons
Performed By: Jeremy Bach and Ranger Brian
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Kicker
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 4.3L big-block
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
“Thank you to my wife Crissy for her support and for tolerating all the late nights. Thanks to my closest friends who have a hand in this truck, and to all the sponsors who helped. I’d like to thank all people who said, ‘No, don’t do that.’ I did it all and I’m loving it.”