Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - April 2004
Bitchin' GMCThis bitchin' '00 GMC Sierra belongs to Chris Lunsford, of Lexington, Kentucky. A 3/4 DJM drop and 20x8.5-inch Boss 305 wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle P275/45R20 rubber provide an aggressive stance. The exterior was transformed into a unique appearance with the addition of a Trenz billet grille, Cal-Vu mirrors, a billet antenna, and tribal flames. Towards the rear are APC taillights, a Checkmate tonneau, and an AIM Industries roll pan. Inside the cab are a billet gauge cluster, billet window cranks, APC white-face gauges, and a carbon-fiber dash kit. The stereo setup consists of an Alpine head unit with Boston Acoustic speakers and a Rockford Fosgate amplifier. Chris plans on doing some engine upgrades and installing airbag suspension by the start of the upcoming show season.
Orange BangRyan Balbas of South St. Paul, Minnesota, owns this unbelievably clean '99 GMC Sonoma. The truck features a 3-inch drop with 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped in aftermarket skins. The body is outfitted with a billet grille, a Cadillac front end, and a roll pan. The door handles were shaved for a cleaner appearance. Ryan finished by painting the truck in House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl and adding snow pearl flames.
Too Xtreme4UIf you're ever in Santa Rosa, California, look out for this ultra-clean '02 Xtreme Blazer. Joe Gummo is the lucky owner of the Blazer. The truck runs a 4.3L Vortec V-6 with a K&N filter. To get the truck closer to the ground, it was given a Belltech 4/5 drop, and 18-inch chrome Iroc wheels were installed encircled by Wanli P225/40ZR rubber. Eye-catching exterior modifications include a billet grille, a billet antenna, Street Scene mirrors, and a personalized license plate that reads Xtrem4U. Future plans include an upgraded entertainment system and larger wheels.
Rapid FireJohn Watson of Monticello, Georgia, is the proud owner of this cool '88 Chevy Silverado. The truck features a 4/5 drop, with 17-inch American Racing wheels tucked in the wheelwells. The body is outfitted with a Trenz billet grille, Euro taillights, a roll pan, and a flush-mount tonneau. John installed a tweed interior, billet dash inserts, and a Boyd's steering wheel. A flamed paintjob rounds off the list of modifications.
Mini InfatuationThis '94 Ford Ranger is off the charts. The truck belongs to Rick Hohl of Lakeland, Florida. Rick started with the body modifications. The '94 shortbed was removed and replaced with a '96 Stepside from Graces Tire and Auto salvage. Soon after, the tailgate handle, emblems, and doorjamb step rails were shaved. Other key features include APC clear corners, sport mirrors, Altezza taillights, and a roll pan. Nick and Romeo of Maurice's Auto Body are credited for artistically painting the sheetmetal with '00 Honda Electron Blue Pearl. The 4/5 drop is courtesy of a Chassis Tech drop kit with Belltech shocks on all four corners. The wheel and tire combo consists of 17x7.5-inch Konig Tremors wrapped in Falken Ziex rubber.
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Rides is a snap - of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: Truckin' Magazine, Readers' Rides, 2100 E. Howell Ave., Ste. 209, Anaheim, CA 92806. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. This can include information about the buildup or any special history the truck has.
Attention-GetterThis '01 Chevy Extreme turns heads wherever it goes. The truck features 18-inch Mondera B-52 wheels wrapped in P245/35R18 Falken rubber. For listening pleasure, the truck has a Panasonic head unit with two 12-inch Rockford subwoofers powered by a 500-watt Rockford amplifier. The exterior features a tonneau, clear taillights, a ram-air hood, and a dual Gibson exhaust system. Plans include an airbag suspension and 20-inch wheels with spinners.
Clean Street MachineIt doesn't get any cleaner than this '99 Dodge Dakota R/T. The truck is the property of Scott Dupointe of Griswold, Connecticut. The long list of modifications include a Shelby Durango air dam, a Cervini's SS hood, mesh grille inserts, PIAA lights, a Checkmate carpet kit, a flush tonneau, and a welded roll pan with a frenched license plate. Scott didn't forget performance modifications. The addition of a Mopar Performance air cleaner, Holley Flowtech headers, and a Spintech exhaust system greatly enhanced the ponies under the hood. The Dodge sits on Center Line Lexi IV wheels mounted with Goodyear GT II tires. The interior features APC white-face gauges, Corbeau seats, and a Clarion CD player with a Sony XM2 series amplifier powering three 10-inch JL subwoofers.
Above-Average GMCNick Lachman of Livermore, California, isn't your average truck enthusiast. He wanted his '01 GMC Sierra to stand out from the average grocery getter, and to accomplish this, he started by giving the vehicle a 2/4 drop with Belltech components. He then proceeded to install 20x8.5-inch KMC Venom's encased in Yokohama radials. The rear of the pickup features a Sir Michaels steel roll pan, a Line-X spray-on bedliner, and a Leer bed lid. Performance is also above average. The GMC features a K&N intake, a Hypertech programmer, and dual Flowmasters. Nick also wanted an above-average stereo setup. The system includes an Eclipse in-dash DVD player, two 12-inch JL Audio W7 subwoofers powered by two Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, and one JL Audio 300x2 for the 6-inch door speakers.
Road WarriorKen Bailey of Kentwood, Michigan, has been a loyal reader for more than 20 years. To prove his loyalty, he has every copy of Truckin' since the Feb. '80 issue. Ken's '96 GMC Sonoma features a bedliner, a flush-mount tonneau, and a sunroof. The engine bay has a V-6 backed by JBA headers, a Gibson exhaust, and a K&N filter charger system. The interior has leather seats, a Kenwood head unit with a 10-disc Kenwood CD changer, Sony speakers, and a 10-inch subwoofer in a Q-custom enclosure pushed by an Alpine amplifier. The GMC also features tinted windows, 3-D taillights, and American Racing wheels encased in Bridgestones.
An Outspoken SonomaBrodie Cochran of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, owns this cool '96 GMC Sonoma, nicknamed Outspoken - we guess because his truck does all the talking. The truck runs a 4.3L Vortec engine with a K&N filter, Taylor racing wires, and dual exhaust for added performance. The exterior's upgrades include Euro taillights, a billet antenna, a tonneau, a hood guard, window vents, and shaved emblems. The GMC rides on a 2-inch rear drop using Belltech blocks and 17-inch Eagle 212 wheels wrapped in aftermarket skins. Inside the cab, the Sonoma features power leather seats, white-face gauges, and a JVC CD player with remote. Now that's a statement.
Total KaosChandra Hayes submitted this photograph of this off-the-hook '93 Chevy C1500. The truck is the property of Jeremy Murray of Houston, Texas. Jeremy had the professionals from Kaos Customs customize the truck. They started by installing a K&N filter and adding some chrome accessories under the hood. The vehicle was given a 5/7 drop, and a set of BFGoodrich tires encasing 20x8-inch Galaxy Center Line wheels were added. The exterior was outfitted with a billet grille, a billet antenna, billet wiper post covers, and a roll pan flanked by Euro taillights. Inside the cockpit are a Trenz dash panel, Trenz billet pedals, a billet gearshift, and an NRC tribal billet steering wheel. For sounds, Jeremy installed a Kenwood CD player with two Rockford Fosgate amplifiers and 10-inch subwoofers, along with Boston Acoustic mids and highs, and a Clarion equalizer. Chandra tells us that the truck recently took First Place at the Vertically Challenged Rollout 2K3 competition. By the looks of it, it won't be the last time this Chevy will take home a coveted prize.
Simple Yet Clean GMCJimmy Dowiatt from St. Amant, Louisiana, says that he was going for the simple-yet-clean look on his GMC '02 GMC Sierra. Jimmy started by giving the pickup a 2/3 drop by combining DJM and Belltech components. With the drop in place, Jimmy then installed a set of 22-inch Center Line Edge II wheels encircled by P285/35R22 Nitto 555 Extreme radials. The body was fitted with a Snug Lid SL bedcover, a '02 Denali front clip, Escalade door handles, and '03 Chevy taillights.
Rollin' Slow and LowThis radical '95 Chevy Silverado belongs to Jarrod Schritter of Fort Lupton, Colorado. The truck features 2-inch Belltech drop spindles, with Air Ride Technologies airbags up front and air over leaves in the rear. Twenty-inch KMC V2 wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555 P255/35R20 rubber is the wheel and tire combo of choice. The body is painted with PPG Emerald Green with PPG Harlequin flames and features a Goodmark steel cowl hood, a SnugTop tonneau, Cadillac taillights, and a Sir Michaels roll pan. The interior rocks a Kenwood Excelon head unit with two 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers powered by a Kenwood amplifier. Jarrod wishes to thank Zoomers Automotive and Pro Street Performance for installing all the cool modifications.
Truckin' InspiredAs the World's Leading Truck Publication, Truckin' is the number-one authority on sport trucks. It's this distinction that inspired Gene Seprish of Summerville, South Carolina, to build this '02 Dodge Ram. The Ram's exterior is outfitted with chrome bedrails and nerf bars from Westin, a Checkmate bed cover, a window visor, and a hood guard. The truck sits on a mild 1/3 drop, with Limited 208 wheels encased with Goodyear Eagle rubberbands. The interior has an Alpine CD player, flame seat-belt pads, and armor-plate carpet mats.