Custom Cruise Friday
The process of completing a carpentry apprenticeship requires hard work and attention to detail. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday owner, Michael Hutcheon, understands this, which is why he chose to treat himself with a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 upon completing his. Of all the stories that have been covered in this series, Hutcheon wanted a new vehicle to reward himself for completing his program and also needed a truck that would work and play as hard as we does. The GMC Sierra is a natural choice to fulfill these needs. Hutcheon worked with Don Wheaton sales professional Dario Miglioranza to bring his dream truck home.
“After my apprenticeship, I wanted to treat myself and buy my dream truck,” Hutcheon said. “So I came in and designed it myself and asked Dario if he could put this together and he gave it to me as is.”
Not only is Hutcheon a carpenter, but he enjoys the outdoors heading to British Columbia for snowboarding or just hitting the trails for some off-roading. Regardless of what he’s asked his truck to do, it has performed beautifully. However, there were some hurdles to clear in the acquisition process.
One of the most important requirements Hutcheon had was the color of the pickup. The chosen Stealth Grey is a very unique, if not altogether rather rare. During the buying process, Miglioranza had to work directly with the manufacturing arm of GMC to have a truck in this special color pulled from the production line and sent to Don Wheaton. From there, the various teams within the dealership worked together to add the accessories to Hutcheon’s truck to complete his dream rig.
“This is the one I wanted,” Hutcheon said. “I want to baby it until its time to get the next truck.”
Some people may have a different definition of what it means to “baby” a pickup truck than Hutcheon. By his own admission, he’s put nearly 20,000 miles on the truck in the time he’s owned the truck in addition to using it for his carpentry work, hauling tools to the jobsite and rubble and remnants away from the job. Also, to say the truck’s seemingly color-shifting paint has never been covered by mud would not necessarily be true.
“I went off-roading a few times and got it pretty dirty,” Hutcheon said. “But it always came out ok. It’s great with tools, I don’t have to worry about theft with the tonneau cover.”
There are plans to make a few more upgrades to the truck in the near future. Hutcheon wants to add side steps, leather interior and tint for the side glass. Given the time he’s put into the planning and care of the truck, he is already thinking about sharing this instant classic.
“It’s going to be my truck until I’m older and I’ll pass it on to my kid,” Hutcheon said. “Then I’ll get another brand new truck.”
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