This Is The GMC Sierra 'Shorty' That GM Won't Build

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You know the old saying: "If GM won't build it, make it yourself." Or something.

If you're in the market for a new "shorty" pickup truck - that is, a regular cab model with a short bed - good luck; they're a dying breed, and GMC, for one, did away with the uniquely limited-use configuration in 2018. That didn't sit well with one GMC truck fan - a man known on Instagram as "adanomyte" - so he went ahead and built his own from a brand new 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab with a standard long bed.

After a good deal of frame-cutting and some other modifications, including a set of drop spindles to give the truck a more aggressive stance, the result is a polished, singularly special short-cab, short-bed half-ton truck that looks like it could have rolled right off the assembly line as it is.

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adanomyte/Instagram
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But that's not the end of the story. Not satisfied with the factory white exterior paint, adanomyte is refinishing it in a two-tone light-and-dark gray scheme with a copper pinstripe, making it look like a relic from another time. An Instagram post from late-August shows just what that paint job looks like after two clear coats - gloss finish over most of the body, but with a satin finish for the door jambs.

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If you find yourself wondering why anyone would ever go to the trouble of building such a thing, especially when it requires such tremendous effort and means less space for hauling cargo, we might point to the truck's superior power-to-weight ratio and its ease of use in the city. Plus, the owner appears to work at a Houston collision shop, so we imagine he has easy access to tools, labor, and supplies to keep his build relatively cheap.

But at the end of the day, maybe adanomyte didn't have any of those things in his head when he set out to build himself a modern "shorty" GMC Sierra. Perhaps he just did it because it's unique. That's more than enough for us.

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