First Truck Forever

First Truck Forever

Kyle Pashulka grew up in a ’92 Chevy Extended Cab. GM’s ’88 to ’98 body style has and always will be Kyle’s favorite. So much so, that when he was 15, he bought his own. His very own 1992 GMC Sierra 1500. Fifteen years later, he still owns that exact truck and this is it.

Kyle and his father built this truck from top to bottom for his 16th Birthday. We are talking a full on, stripped down to the frame build. The motor was rebuilt, cab swapped over to a rust free one and same with the bed. The truck was originally a very plain and minimally outfitted truck, so while they had the whole thing apart, they added factory options like A/C and power windows. Once the chassis and drivetrain were redone and back together, they sent the truck off to get painted. The truck has gone through a few different phases throughout its lifetime but the first time it was built by Kyle and his dad, it had Cherry Bomb glass packs, and 295/50/15’s on the back.

“Still wasn’t low enough.”

When they finished it, it was riding at the factory height and that just wasn’t low enough. He soon after got to work static dropping it and throwing some 20” wheels on it. Still wasn’t low enough so a couple years later it got air ride. A few more years, and it still wasn’t low enough so it was time for a body drop.

Kyle grew up in the 90’s and just like a lot of us grew up with the custom truck scene in an unforgettable time. The custom paint, billet wheels, crazy body mods, and bright colors. His dad is a mechanic and worked on street trucks and hot rods in his spare time.

He taught me everything I know about wrenching on trucks and doing this one with him was a special moment in my life that I hope I can share with my daughter one day as well. The sentimental value in this truck him and I originally built together is absolutely priceless to me. There’s no chance of me ever getting rid of this thing!” says Kyle.

In December 2017, Kyle tore it all down for a complete nut and bolt, frame off build, and it didn’t see the road again until 2021 but we think it was worth it.

Today, the truck has the same 350 sbc that was built by his father with a cam, lifters, springs, Flowtech shorty headers and dual Magnaflow exhaust. The engine is dressed up with some chrome and billet accessories.

The truck is bagged all around with a KP components 6 Link with a watts link in the rear and has narrowed Epic Rod and Custom control arms in the front with 2” Belltech drop spindles to get it laying on the ground. The SS7 Slam Specialties Bags are filled through an Accuair E-Level management system and a five gallon Endo VT tank.

Wheels and tires are Hot Rods by Boyd billets, 22x8.5 in the front and 22x10 in the back, wrapped in 255/30 and 275/30 Nitto Invo’s. The rear end had to be narrowed five inches to allow the deeper dish on the rear wheels.

The body work on this truck is extensive and is what really sets it apart from the rest. The frame and suspension components have all been blasted and powder coated with new hardware. It has a 2.5” body drop so that the rockers touch the ground along with the frame. The tailgate, third brake light, and antenna have been smoothed and shaved. The wiper cowl and roll pan were fabricated to match the body lines and welded on. The front bumper was sectioned and tucked with the fenders extended to eliminate all the factory plastic moldings. All this along with the custom raised and tubbed bed floor, and custom aluminum lid made by Overkill Customs in Red Deer, make for one of cleanest trucks you will ever see. Under the hood the firewall was cleaned off and smoothed and new Slosh Tubz were installed.

Inside, the entire dash and all other plastic interior pieces were dyed black with SEM products and the seats and door panels were reupholstered in black leather and vinyl with blue stitching to match the exterior. The seats were done by Seat Cover Centre in Edmonton. Sound is tastefully done with JL Audio speakers and two 10” Subs. The interior is complete with a Billet Specialties steering wheel and some other billet accessories.

In the future, Kyle has a 14” AZ Pro Performance big brake kit to install and he would love to  swap an LS3 in under the hood. He also plans to do a bigger audio system and custom center console built by Chad Doucet in Cold Lake.

Kyle loves to take his family cruising whenever the weather is nice in the summertime. He hits up Street Machine Weekend in Lethbridge like most of his fellow Aftermath members and he likes the Cruise Weekend in Saskatoon in August. Some shows he wants to attend soon are the new Forbidden Fantasy show in Blackfalds and he also wants to go State side to go to Dino’s Git Down and some of the other massive shows going on down there.

Kyle has a long list of people to thank including Steve, Whitney and the rest of the crew at Federal County Customs for the amazing paint and body work, Sam at Epic Customs in Calgary for all the one off parts, Rich at Overkill Customs for custom aluminum work, Lyle at Rods ‘n Restos for the custom metal work, Brett Jackson at College Park GM for getting the hard to find factory GM parts, Craig and Eric at Midwest Auto Parts, Brad Nelson for the opportunity to be apart of the Aftermath family, his wife Alex at RenWoodCo for doing all the wood work in the bed and being a huge supporter for the build, his daughter Renley for all the cruising and for making those moments extra special, and last but not least, his father for teaching him everything he knows about trucks. “Without his help and expertise I’m not sure I’d be able to do this kind of stuff or be allowed to have truck parts scattered around anyone else’s shop!” says Kyle.

Kyle you sure have a special truck, and we can’t wait to see what else you do and where else you go.

See more from Kyle @shulka312

Article: Brian Holzli

Photography: Travis Roe (TDR Photography)

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