The annual Battle of the Builders competition at SEMA draws some of the finest custom vehicles on the planet, with a wide variety of segments represented, and some truly astounding work on display. Such is the case for the 1965 GMC pickup restomod featured in the following brief video.
Built by Randy Weaver of Weaver Customs out of West Jordon, Utah, this 1965 GMC pickup was originally a farm truck with a long bed, sourced from a seller in Arizona. Now, it’s a fully built restomod with all the trimmings.
The exterior incorporates hand-fabricated components in the front fascia, including the lower lip, the grille, center bar, and headlights. Lighting includes HID elements for forward illumination, while the hood was customized with an estimated 300 hours of work lovingly poured into its creation. The ultra-sleek paint is from Axalta. In the corners, we spot three-piece one-off wheels with a deep-dish lip and paint-matched faces. Sizing is set at 20 inches by 15 inches, with Wilwood brakes underneath.
As for the power spec, this 1965 GMC pickup now cradles the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine from GM Performance, which is sitting pretty thanks to a wealth of one-off metal work. Output is rated at 650 horsepower, and the install is gorgeous, including details like custom hockey-stick cutouts that match the flush door handles, and an engine cover that mimics the hood.
The interior was also carefully upgraded, now offering a modernized appearance and amenities. Rich red upholstery covers everything, while Dakota Digital instrumentation can be found behind in the custom dash behind the steering wheel. The seats are from Procar.
Unfortunately, Weaver’s 1965 GMC pickup didn’t progress beyond the top 40 in the Battle of the Builders competition, which really speaks to the insanely high quality that SEMA tends to attract. Nevertheless, the build is impressive, and deserves attention: