Behind The Scenes! Squarebody Syndicate SS02 76 GMC Sierra Before | the Revel!

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Syndicate Series 02 is on its Way to Greatness

Joe Yezzi has proven himself to be a square-body master—they’re in his blood. He grew up always having one of some sort in the family, and after breaking the world’s collective neck with his Syndicate Series ’01 C-10, Joe knew that he’d really have to raise the bar on his next build, so that’s just what he did. Joe’s latest is a ’76 GMC Sierra Classic 15 shorty that is being built as a tribute to the last known surviving 1975 GMC Indy 500 Hauler, which Joe also owns. That truck is currently being restored because of its historical significance; there was no way Joe was going to cut that one up, and we don’t blame him one bit.

At the time of this writing, most of the metal finish work has been completed, and the cab sits perfectly atop The Roadster Shop Syndicate Series Spec chassis and matching RS air ride suspension with RideTech shocks. Custom 20-inch Syndicate Series turbine-style wheels by MCS and Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber are the perfect complement to the forthcoming 1975-era paint scheme.
When we asked Joe what else will be done before the truck is ready for paint, he shared, “Nick [Sininoris] and the crew at Hubcaps Hotrod Design will be cutting out and replacing the whole firewall to fit and hide all the brackets and components. They’ll also build the upper core support to match, along with a complete, complex bed floor. The front and rear fender wells will be modified to fit the truck correctly, and the bumpers will be tucked. It’ll have a full custom roll cage, steering linkage, all of the gaps on the doors and hood will be set, and the front valance modified. Once the exhaust is done, the custom battery brackets and a ton of other stuff will get put on. Let’s just say anything metal on the truck is being touched by Nick and his crew.”

THE SIGNATURE SYNDICATE SERIES SPEC CHASSIS BY THE ROADSTER SHOP PROVIDES A STURDY PLATFORM FOR JOE’S SIERRA, WHILE THE ROADSTER SHOP SUSPENSION SETS THE TRUCK RIGHT ON THE GROUND WITHOUT SACRIFICING PERFORMANCE.

Although Joe’s original Indy Hauler didn’t have anything particularly special under the hood when GMC built it, the tribute truck will have the kind of power the original only wishes it could have been born with. A fully built, Magnuson blown GM Performance LS3, assembled by Charles at Pro-Dyno, will put out an estimated 600-630 rear wheel horsepower. American Powertrain has put together a beefed-up Tremec Magnum six-speed transmission, which should make the Sierra an absolute blast to drive, especially with the bulletproofed Currie 9-inch rearend and 4.11 gears.

The interior will be very reminiscent of the original Indy Hauler’s, but it will be a bit more in tune with the truck’s high-performance capabilities, with Simpson five-point safety harnesses attached to the roll cage, as well as Syndicate Series gauges by Dakota Digital, and a Syndicate Series billet steering wheel from GSI. Empire Custom Upholstery will handle the soft goods, with good ol’ red, white and blue accents throughout. Joe may end up breaking a sweat while mashing the go pedal, so an Old Air Products air conditioning setup will help cool things back down when need be.
WE WERE THINKING ABOUT GOING WITH A WHEEL LIKE THIS FOR ONE OF OUR PROJECTS, THEN BAM! JOE YEZZI BEATS US TO THE PUNCH. THESE AMAZING TURBINE-STYLE SYNDICATE SERIES WHEELS BY MCS ARE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO HIS INDY 500 HAULER TRIBUTE TRUCK AND ADD JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF NOSTALGIA WHILE BRINGING IT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.

You’ll definitely be seeing more of the Syndicate Series 02 once it’s finished, and we have a sneaking suspicion that it’ll have a prime spot at SEMA. With as much love as Joe puts into every square-body he owns, this truck will be one for the history books, and it will no doubt be one of the most remembered trucks of our time. Stay tuned for the next round in this truck’s saga in an upcoming issue of Street Trucks. ST
[divider] TRUCK SPECS [/divider]
OWNER
Joe Yezzi
Squarebody Syndicate
Phoenix, AZ
1976 GMC Sierra Classic 15
ENGINE

  • Work performed by Charles at Pro-Dyno
  • 2017 GM LS3
  • Magnuson Superchargers sixth gen TVS2300 Hot Rod blower
  • Deburred block
  • COMP Cams 231/240 camshaft
  • Custom retro Syndicate Series valve covers by GSI
  • Holley water pump
  • Hooker headers
  • Magnaflow custom 3-inch stainless exhaust
  • Drive Junky accessory drive setup
  • Drive Junky alternator
  • Frost Bite cooling fans
  • Frost Bite radiator
  • Painless Performance wiring harness
  • 2018 Tremec Magnum six-speed manual transmission by American Powertrain
  • American Powertrain White Lightning shifter
  • American Powertrain driveshaft

 CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

  • Work performed by Squarebody Syndicate and The Roadster Shop
  • Syndicate Series Spec chassis by The Roadster Shop
  • The Roadster Shop parallel 4-link
  • The Roadster shop control arms
  • Firestone airbags
  • RideTech shocks
  • Wilwood drop spindles
  • Baer Pro+ 14-inch brakes front and rear
  • Wilwood brake master cylinder and booster
  • Currie Enterprises 9-inch, aluminum center
  • Detroit Trutrac differential with 1350 yoke and 4.11 gears
  • Boyde Welding gas tank

WHEELS & TIRES

  • 20×9 and 20×11 Syndicate Series wheels by MCS
  • 295/30ZR20 and 345/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires

BODY & PAINT

  • Work performed by Hubcaps Hot Rod Design
  • Tucked LMC Truck bumpers
  • Roll cage
  • Custom inner fenderwells
  • Custom bed floor
  • Custom gas filler
  • Original-style LOF windows
  • Spirit of ’76 GMC graphics
  • Single-stage red, white and blue paint

INTERIOR & STEREO

  • Work performed by Empire Custom Upholstery
  • Leather seating over GM seat
  • Simpson five-point seat harnesses with camlock
  • Syndicate Series billet steering wheel by GSI Machine
  • Syndicate Series gauges by Dakota Digital
  • Old Air Products climate control system
  • Hook-and-loop carpeting
  • Two Optima batteries

Special Thanks From the Owner: “Nick Sininoris and the gang at Hubcaps Hotrod Design, Ron and the crew at Empire Custom Upholstery, Charles at Pro-Dyno, The Roadster Shop, AccuAir, Magnuson Superchargers, Magnaflow, Holley, American Powertrain, Currie, LMC, Painless Wiring, Dakota Digital, ididit, Precision Rubber, Billet Badges, Old Air Products, MAR-K, Boyde Welding, Optima Batteries, Covercraft, Vibro Solutions, GSI, Baer Brakes, Drive Junky, Xpress Metal Cleaning, CGS Kustoms, Prestone, Pacific Powder Coating, Royal Purple and GM.”

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