Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - May 2004
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.
Taco Supreme This way cool '95 Toyota Tacoma is the property of Matt Neal from Mesquite, Texas. The Taco features eight Parker 1/2-inch valves, running 1/2-inch airline all around, going straight into slam 'bags. Two Viair 450 compressors keep the two 7-gallon tanks full. A flashy set of 18-inch Rozzi Detentions wrapped in 35-series rubber from Nitto was the ideal choice. The rear of the body was upgraded with the additions of a roll pan from Sir Michaels, Euro taillights, and a Snugtop lid. Up front, Matt put in clear front corners and turn signals with an H-4 headlight conversion kit. A billet grille was added with a billet insert for the lower chrome front valance. For engine performance, a Gibson exhaust was added with a throttle-body spacer from Summit for improved airflow. Bosch Platinum +4 sparkplugs were used with an Optima Yellow Top battery. The sound system is a combination of various companies and hits hard. It has an Alpine head unit, Infinity speakers, and a 12-inch Kenwood Tornado subwoofer running off a 720-watt Jensen amplifier. It also features a 7-inch monitor hooked up to a PS2.
Southern Comfort Picturesque Lake Lanier, Georgia, was the background when this photograph of Jim Brandt's F-150 SuperCrew was taken. Jim is proud to say that he did all of the modifications on the truck after perusing through the pages of Truckin'. He started by adding a few ponies under the hood through better airflow. An AIRAID intake and throttle-body spacer, along with a Flowmaster muffler, was installed. The exterior was made to stand out with clear corners, Diamond clear headlights, APC Euro tails, and a tonneau. For a serious sport truck look, the Ford was lowered 3/4 inches and outfitted with 20-inch Helo Enforcer wheels encircled by Goodyear rubberbands. A Kenwood CD player with Polk speakers powered by an Alpine amplifier provides the tunes.
An F-250 To Brag About This '03 F-250 Lariat is still in the stages of being completed. Charlotte, North Carolina-resident Dan Brag began his project by raising the vehicle to a proper height. To accomplish this, he installed a 2-1/2-inch Rancho lift with frontend BD quad shocks and BD's dual-steering stabilizers. American Racing 16x8-inch wheels wrapped by P315/75R16 Pro Comp LT radials are the chosen rolling stock for the chassis. Dan then added a Stull billet grille with a Warn lightbar mounted by two Hella Rally 4000 lights. For an eloquent look, the leather interior is trimmed with custom wood grain. The final stage of the project will be engine modifications, provided there's enough money to go around.
State II State Cruzin' If you were fortunate enough to attend last year's State-2-State Cruise, you might remember Anthony Rodriguez' '82 Chevy pickup. Anthony's ride sits on 22-inch Boyd Stingray rims encased with aftermarket rubberbands. The tailgate was stripped, replaced with a roll pan, and capped off with a flush tonneau. The nose of the vehicle was upgraded with a paintable front bumper, to better match the custom paintjob. The interior has bucket leather seats with TV monitors in the visors and a PlayStation 2.
New Classic S-10 Hauler Raul Juarez of Pharr, Texas, owns this eye-catching '01 Chevy S-10. The pickup sits on 20-inch Spin Tech wheels with P295/40R20 Goodyear tires on all four corners. For an aggressive stance, the vehicle was lowered 3/4 inches with Belltech components, then outfitted with Xenon ground effects for a low-profile look. The body features a billet grille, a roll pan, Euro lights, and a tonneau. To allow the V-6 engine to breathe a little easier a throttle body spacer and K&N intake system were added. A new Pioneer system provides 1,000-watts of ear-punishing entertainment.
Mean Green Machine It could be said that Kyle O'Connell of Moravia, New York, is a bit of a rebel. We arrived at that conclusion when we found out that all of Kyle's friends drive lowered trucks. Wanting to stand above the crowd, Kyle opted to go with the lifted off-road look. Kyle's '99 Chevy Silverado runs a 5.3L V-8 with a K&N FIPK, throttle-body spacer, and a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust for added performance. For lights, clear corners with strobe lights were added up front, while the rear was treated to APC Euro taillights. The Silverado was lifted 3 inches with a Performance Accessories body lift and fitted with 33x12.50-inch Regul Trailblazer MT rubber. Future plans include a 6-inch suspension lift with larger tires and a rollbar mounted by KC Daylighters.
One Ultra-Clean Bow Tie Allen Campbell of Midwest City, Oklahoma, isn't your average Joe. That much is evident by his cool '96 Chevy pickup. Allen's truck features a 2/4 drop with 20-inch Boss wheels wrapped in aftermarket skins. The exterior has tinted windows, clear markers, sport mirrors, and Euro taillights. Billet goodies include an antenna, a third brake light cover, and grille. The interior features a custom stereo and billet inserts. Allen's next order of business is to install a cowl-induction hood and do some interior modifications to complement this booming stereo system.
Labor Of Love If you truly love customizing trucks, the results often speak for themselves. Take for example, this '03 F-150 belonging to Lionel Pelletier of Albany, Georgia. Lionel's truck features a 4/6 Chassis Tech drop with 20-inch HD wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle GT skins. The body is outfitted with an HD grille, front corners, and front bumper valance with fog lamps. Tube steps were added and the bed was capped with a SnugTop tonneau. For a cleaner look, Lionel removed the emblems and door handles. A roll pan was added with a hidden hitch to clean up the rear, along with taillight covers for the finishing touch.
Three's Company For most couples, the idea of having a mistress is taboo. However, Edward Garcia of Garland, Texas, tells us that even his wife is proud of his '92 Chevy, coined The Mistress. The Mistress has a 2/3 drop with Belltech spindles up front and shackles at the rear. Eagle Alloys 212 measuring 20x8 inches and wrapped in P275/45R20 Goodyear Eagle skins are featured in the wheelwells. The body is cosmetically enhanced with a cowl hood, billet grille and Bow Tie, and a Reflexxions billet bumper with lights. With these additions, Edward then proceeded to add a billet antenna, a billet gas lid, and a Toff Liner before topping it off with a SnugTop lid.
Unfinished Business Marshall Powell of Midwest City, Oklahoma, has some unfinished business with his '94 Chevy Cheyenne project. The vehicle started bone stock, but now features a new front clip, 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in aftermarket rubberbands, and a brand-new paintjob. The interior has a Rockford Fosgate head unit, two 12-inch Infinity subwoofers, and a 600-watt Kenwood amplifier. Up-and-coming add-ons will include a 3/4 drop with a roll pan and new sport mirrors.
Bad To The Bone Mike and Gloria Williams of Richmond, Indiana, are the proud owners of this '70 Ford F-100 pickup. During their 25th wedding anniversary, the truck was taken to Duke's Body Shop for a complete overhaul of the body, including new skins on the doors, having the door handles shaved, new flooring, new radiator core support, and new inner fenders. A 351 Windsor with a mild cam, aluminum intake, and a 600 Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor are featured inside the engine compartment. A four-speed tranny gets the old Blue Oval down the road in a hurry. The interior has a new dash and a new steering wheel. It sits on American Racing wheels encased with Firestone tires. The final touch came when the Williams pinstriped Bad to the Bone toward the rear of the pickup.