It takes a special kind of person to wheel a fullsize truck. When we say “wheeling” we don’t mean driving down dirt roads, but following Jeeps and buggies through tight rocky trails. Some might call this foolish, but Jeff Noggle has taken up this gauntlet, picking lines above the expansive hood of his ’92 GMC.
The different-color body panels betray past sheetmetal smashing, but the great thing about this generation of truck is that parts are easy to come by. Jeff knew what he was getting into with this truck, having built several fullsize Chevys for mud and rocks. He put everything he learned from those rigs into building this truck, with bigger axles, more tire, and enough suspension to ensure that the tires stay on the ground.
The factory interior is still in place, right down to the bench seat and stock steering wheel. Jeff Noggle did build a full rollcage from 13⁄4x0.120-wall steel that goes through the dash—a wise investment for the type of wheeling he does.
1992 GMC K1500
Engine: TBI 350 V-8
Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic
Transfer case: NP203/NP205 doubler with Jed’s Machine adapter
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.13 gears, full spool, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with 5.13 gears, welded differential, and disc brakes
Springs & Such: 3-link with FOA coilovers in front, triangulated 4-link with FOA coilovers in rear
Tires & Wheels: 19.5/44-15LT Super Swamper Boggers on 15x12 steel rims with weld-on beadlock rings
Steering: Factory Saginaw box tapped for hydraulic assist with agricultural ram, custom steering arms
Other Stuff: Full interior rollcage, custom tube bumpers, bed shortened 42 inches, Warn VR12000 winch, Summit 22-gallon fuel cell