The year was 2002, and at the time, Bradley Phipps was the proud owner of a 4X4 GMC Sonoma that was a present from his grandparents a few years prior. He already had the Mini Truckin' bug, so it was lowered on a set of 17s, but we all know how that goes—not low enough, 4X4, yada yada. After looking around, he found the perfect replacement with every option he could ever dream of: an '02 GMC Sonoma. He picked it up from a dealership in North Carolina, and happily drove it home.
At the time, Bradley wasn't exactly an experienced builder. He knew what he wanted to do to the truck, but like many of us, his efforts were dictated by the amount of money in his bank account, and how much bang he could get for his buck. So just one year after he drove from NC to WV, he bagged the Sonoma and cruised it everywhere he could.
Bags are cool and all that, but he wanted more. It was just going to take some time to do so. After saving up some cash, he finally took the truck in to get everything shaved and painted the gorgeous white and black combo that's on the truck today, with silver flames to separate the two tones. The truck was sure looking pretty, but now it had a serious altitude problem what with all that ground clearance between the cab and the concrete. It sure would be a shame to cut up a truck with such a high quality paintjob, so Bradley waited.
It took a few years, but once 2009 rolled around, he decided it was time to blow some cash on the truck again. Off it went to get a ton of work done: bigger wheels, new frame, painted under the hood—it was pretty big this time around, and when he was done, the truck was bodydropped and looking right. The only problem now was the interior.
Oh right, the interior. It wasn't stock, but it wasn't up to the new standards the truck now portrayed either, so he tapped into his bank account again and got to work. The dash was shaved and modified to within an inch of its life, the seats wrapped and everything else was customized to the point of perfection. Really, the interior is about as sweet as it gets, and yet, it's still functional. The inside of the cab really is one of the most impressive characteristics about this truck.
With the exception of an incident with his suspension, Bradley's Sonoma has never seen the inside of a trailer or the back of a tow truck. That's right, Bradley's truck is a driver, and he's proud of it. There's nothing wrong with driving seven hours to a show just hovering millimeters above the pavement in our book.
Sure, he didn't exactly build the truck in what most would consider to be the proper sequence, but the results speak for themselves. Ten years after buying the truck, Bradley's Sonoma is still taking trophies and making a scene. Who knows what he's got in the works for this thing, but we're sure whatever it is, it's going to be awesome.