The time has come to pick up our 1998 GMC Sierra known as Project Artemis from amazing minds at Glarb Designs and Alchemy Wraps. Not only is the “Ready Player One, Cyberpunk” mashup design eye-catching and hypnotizing, but it also incorporates LED panels underneath the wrap that light up at the push of a button. Now the name of the truck can be seen at night, which will definitely stand out in the crowd. All the printed panels from We Print Wraps are laying down perfectly over the manicured metal, and the luminescent panels are lighting up the shop like you wouldn’t believe.
Alchemy Wraps out of North Carolina performed the majority of the work in this install, and we are so impressed by how easy they can make it look. Ryan Sandoval from Glarb Wrapped hung out with us all week long to make sure his design laid out just right, as any proud yet humble artist would. The layers are what make this particular install so difficult, but with proper planning and organized execution, the team here proves you don’t really need a printer in house to pump out amazing wraps. Companies like We Print Wraps are changing the game in their own individual way, and we love watching the evolution of the custom truck industry. So our final thought on wraps? It’s a viable solution for a large part of our demographic to cover the outside of their vehicle with custom colors and designs without sacrificing the time and tension in paint jail. So will the Riddler award ever be handed out to a wrapped restomod? Probably not, but for the right group of guys, it’s a terrific option.
If you remember from the last issue, we dropped off our 1998 GMC Sierra known as Project Artemis to the amazing minds at Glarb Wrapped and Tate Designs for an overhaul of epic proportions. A combination of a killer design, high quality prints and one of the best installers in the game is all that it took to transform this basic bagged Bowtie into a motorized masterpiece we can’t wait to take to shows. Not only is the design eye-catching and hypnotizing, but it also incorporates LED panels underneath the wrap that light up at the push of a button. Now the name of the truck can be seen at night, which will definitely stand out in the crowd.
Ryan Sandoval from Glarb Wrapped sent his files to We Print Wraps, and within a few weeks we were watching them install a high-quality material that will last as long as paint. With a design this intricate, Ryan only trusted one crew to lead with the install. Tate designs in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was proud to participate and happily lead the charge. Tape measures went flying and numbers were being calculated in their heads faster than we could take photos, but there’s a method to their madness that you can only appreciate if you just sit back and watch the process. We were able to hang out with them for the entire week as they sanded, stripped and wrapped the entire truck from bumper to bumper. Their work is amazing, and from what we know it’s second to none. We have a whole new respect for this particular industry, and before you drop your deposit at your favorite paint shop, just give this method of metal masking another look. Check out the steps it takes to prepare these wraps and line them up correctly.
Project Artemis Debut! Our 1997 GMC Sierra Goals and Plans
In the first-ever OBS Builders Guide, we put our direct focus on swapping the factory engine for a Blueprint Engines 383c.i. stroker motor, an American Powertrain transmission, along with a full RideTech Coilover suspension system and 22-inch American Racing wheels. It was an impressive truck that was built right from day 1. Now we turn focus to our Q1 project truck and 2021 OBS Wheel Buyers Guide. This issue we focus on adjustable suspension and bolt-on options for bagged OBS trucks. We have Ridetech AirRide suspension, Toyo ProxesSTIII tires, EBC Brakes, Bed Wood and More Retroliner, and much more being installed at Saltworks Fab in Florida.
We are running a staggard setup for the wheels and tires. Sizes 20×8 in the front and 20×9.5 in the rear.
In the same issue, we will also run a 5-page Wheel Manufacturer Highlight article and the OBS Wheel and Tire Buyers Guide. This will be a ton of ink of multiple books and digital/social properties about buying options on these radical trucks.
Truck – 1997 GMC Sierra Ext Cab (see attached with rendering)