Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - August 2004
Cruisin' In StyleThis '94 Chevy S-10 cruises the streets of Mesquite, Texas, with its proud owner Donald Foshee at the wheel. With its 17-inch MIM Euro wheels, it's cruisin' in style. This truck's main color is radar blue and it has raspberry metallic flames that fade into two other colors of pink. The S-10 is dropped 5 inches in the front with Toxic Shocks, and the rear is lowered 6 inches, controlled with Gabriel air shocks and accompanied by an on-board air compressor. The interior features a Pioneer DEH-83 head unit, and it also has four Sony Xplod 10-inch subwoofers with a 75x4-inch Sony amp. Donald hopes to add a paintjob and full airbag suspension in the future.
Made For Each OtherPassed down by a family member, this '01 Chevy Silverado is now owned by Leo Perez of Houston, Texas. Performance is provided by its 6.0L engine, and it rides on 22-inch Neeper Monstas with P285/35R22 Nitto tires. One of Leo's first modifications was to the interior where he added Kenwood and Pioneer speakers, 7-inch screens, a PlayStation, and an XBox, all installed by Tino's Car Vision. The outside of the truck has billet door panels, a 6/8 drop, a chrome Tahoe grille, and Escalade door handles. Leo hopes to change the color of his truck to House of Kolor Candy Apple Red and change his rims to 24-inch Giovanni Dresden 7s.
Double TroubleJustin Holmes of San Pedro, California, is the owner of these two beauties - an '01 F-150 and a '00 Navigator. His F-150 slowly turned into a Navigator look-alike by changing the front end, and it has a 6-1/2-inch Fabtech suspension lift with a 3-inch body lift. It rolls on 37-inch Goodyear GSA tires. Justin went a step further in the interior and added a Sony PlayStation, a DVD player, and 12-inch subwoofers. As for his real Navigator, it has 22-inch wheels and the entire trim painted to match. The interior has an Alpine CVA 1005, a DVD player, and a PlayStation.
Hard Work Pays OffChris Whitaker of Raleigh, North Carolina, is the proud owner of this '88 Chevy S-10. Chris had to work two jobs in order to give his baby a new look, which he started by changing the engine to a '92 2.8L V-6 engine, then moved to the body. With 18-inch Rozzi wheels, Chris is able to get in and around work in his S-10. The truck went from white to blue, and Chris added taillights and headlight chrome pieces. Keeping his two jobs is helping Chris to be able to afford future add-ons.
Desert HeatLou Goedgart of Phoenix has been pouring 4 years of labor into his '99 Chevy Silverado. Doing research by reading Truckin' and wanting his Silverado to look eye-catching on the street, Lou was inspired to add an AIRAID intake, a 3-inch exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler, a billet aluminum dash, a SnugTop tonneau, and a shaved tailgate. Lou is currently working on the interior and still being persuaded by his wife to do more modifications.
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.
InfernoTimothy Parrot of Sevierville, Tennessee, turned his '99 Ford F-150 into an inferno. He customized the Ford with a flame theme starting with a flamed grille, a Trenz 3-D flamed rearview mirror, a flamed pedal set, a flamed gauge set, and flames wrapped around the hood guards. With the flames running hot, the F-150 gets a lot of attention on the streets of Sevierville, Texas. The truck also has help under the hood with a Mac Products cold-air intake and Splitfire spark plugs. The F-150 still has its original 16-inch rims and tires, but there is no doubt this F-150 is a disco inferno.
Flamin' ChevyThis '01 Chevy Silverado HD 2500 LT belongs to Ralph Perillo of Cape Coral, Florida. The truck features lighted steps, a Flowmaster exhaust, a cold-air intake, and cruises the streets of Florida on 16.5x10-inch Weld Stone Crusher wheels. The custom-flame paintjob was performed by Bruce Harvey at Pro Comp. Ralph plans on cruising down to South Beach, Florida, in his flamin' Chevy to grab more attention. His next plan of attack is to work on the interior.
Blazin' SilveradoSan Mateo, California, is witness to Edgar Olazabal running around loose in his '01 Chevy Silverado. With a chrome grille from an '01 Tahoe, Edgar has continued to alter his truck to look different from the rest. The truck has a shaved tailgate handle, Escalade door handles, tinted side windows, and 23-inch wheels. The inside has a Gaylords carpet kit and a Pioneer system. Edgar plans on adding a supercharger for get up and go.
Deep BlueAt only 19 years of age, Eric Boersma cruises the streets of Lakewood, California, in his '00 Chevy Silverado. Eric says he has received many ideas from Truckin' to modify his truck. So far, he has installed a Fabtech 7-inch lift kit on a 3-inch body lift, changed the lighting of the exterior, and added blue flames to side of the truck's window. Eric plans on adding a hitch so he can pull his boat to the river.
Ruby RedRob Payne of Centralia, Illinois, is the proud owner of this Victory Red '00 Chevy S-10 Xtreme. The truck has a 180hp 4.3L Vortec V-6 with an added K&N Filtercharger air filter. The body is shaved, Truxaroosa mirrors were added, a CheckMate bedcover was installed, the rear was lowered 1-inch, and the wheels are 16x8-inch Center Line Coronas. The interior has a Kenwood S5009 head unit, Infinity Kappa 4x6-inch dash speakers, a Planet Audio P704 amp, and a custom-built ported box for the subwoofer. What's in the future for Rob's S-10? He plans to add a dash bezel trip piece painted to match the exterior and white-face gauges with flames.
Father & SonPatrick E. King is proud of his dad's '00 Top Sportsman Chevy S-10. Being from Jonesboro, Illinois, Patrick has been reading Truckin' for years and decided it was time to send photos of his father's race truck. Todd Suhling is the original owner of the truck and is proud to say that it had a best quarter-mile run of 6.8 seconds at 204 mph. The chassis and suspension work were performed by Garret Race cars. The engine has a 509ci alcohol-injected Merlin block with a supercharger, adding 30-36 pounds of boost per run. The exterior paint was finished by Wolfman Custom graphics. Patrick hopes to do more modifications to his father's truck when he returns from the U.S. Air Force.
A Sweet RideThe photos of this '97 Chevy Tahoe were sent to us via e-mail by Nathan Short. Having spent a lot of time on his truck, Nathan is definitely dedicated to his ride. He added clear lights, a tube grille, a power programmer, an air intake, and a new leather interior. For audio/video, he installed a CD player, a pair of JL Audio subs, two amps, and glow gauges. Nathan's dedication to his truck and hard work shows.