Building a project vehicle to show off the work you do is nothing new, but few people bolt the wheels on and head out on a journey that takes them halfway across the country. Anthony Brawner of Hardcore Fab did just that. His trip started at his shop in Kansas and headed west with stops at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, and still more wheeling in Colorado before heading back home. After 10,000 miles on the road and at least 800 in the dirt, the truck has had zero problems, except for a broken shock mount that was easily repaired.
The '99 GMC Yukon's reliability comes from the well-engineered components designed and built in-house at Hardcore Fab. From the front Dana 60 leaf-spring conversion with crossover high steering to the shackle flip with custom front mounts that locate a disc brake–equipped 14-Bolt out back, everything is simple and strong—the key ingredients for a great design. The front and rear bumpers carry the same theme. They offer serious protection but tuck up tight and follow the factory body lines perfectly. When you catch a glimpse of this clean GMC, it draws you in for a closer look. Just stay clear of the Hardcore Fab "Ripper" beadlock rings. The saw blade–like design looks like it would cut you up and spit you out.
"I feel perfectly confident taking this truck anywhere," Anthony says. "The interior is mostly stock but it has comfortable seats and cold A/C; what more do you need?" This truck is made to be driven every day with the capability to get you anywhere you want to go off-road. That qualifies as hard core in anyone's book.
1999 GMC Yukon
Engine: Stock Vortec 350 V-8
Trans: 4L60E transmission
Transfer case: NP241 T-case
Front axle: Dana 60 with Hardcore, high-steer kit with Hardcore Fab steering arms
Rear axle: Corporate 14-Bolt
Suspension: Hardcore Fab solid-axle conversion on leaf springs in front. Shackle flip and custom-mount leaf springs in rear. Rancho RS 9000 shocks, 8 inches lift over stock.
Tires: 38.5x15 Super Swamper TSL
Wheels: Steel wagon wheels with Hardcore Fab "Ripper"-style true bead lock rings.
Steering: Hardcore Fab crossover conversion with high steer arms and thick wall DOM tie rods. Chromoly rod ends.
Extras: Rear disc brakes, Hardcore Fab pinion guards, Hardcore Fab front and rear bumpers, and side-mounted rock rails.