Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - November 2004
Bridge DodgerThis low-down '01 Dodge Ram, belonging to Brandon Snyder of Guam, had no problem cruising under this bridge. The smooth-cruising Dodge features a C-notched frame and a 3-inch drop. The truck is mounted on 20-inch Center Line wheels wrapped by Goodyear tires. The Dodge also has an AIRAID intake and a dual-chamber Flowmaster exhaust with a 5-inch tip to give it a nice rumble. The sound system includes a combination of a Kenwood stereo system and a DVD player with screen. Brandon's plans include adding airbags and a tonneau for the bed.
If It Wasn't for Bad Luck...Rob Payne's '00 Chevy S-10 has had to deal with damage time and time again. Although Rob lives in the quiet town of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, by the time he fixed up his truck, it was smashed and egged twice. Talk about bad luck. The S-10 was initially dropped 5 inches, but after being rear-ended, Rob went ahead and upgraded his truck a little more. He put in a new bed, molded in an APC roll pan, shaved the door and tailgate handles, and had the truck custom-painted with silver flames. After so much anguish, Rob is finally tranquil and hoping his truck doesn't endure any more suffering.
Air Force OneFor most people, customizing a truck rarely comes easy. If you plan to achieve your custom goals, you have to work hard toward making them happen. This was the case for Billy J. Hazen of Laurel, Maryland, when he purchased a '99 Ford F-150. With his well-earned money, he added an Air Force One intake, a Steelhorse billet grille, Lakewood traction bars, and a Flowmaster dual exhaust. The entertainment system revolves around a Kenwood CD player, a Kenwood amp, and two 12-inch MTX6000 subs.
First ImpressionAt first glance, your impression of Larry Zimmer's truck is that it's a '95 Ford Ranger. However, Larry changed this by shaving the door handles, frenching the antenna, and modifying the Ford by shaving the tailgate and adding a roll pan. As if that wasn't enough, Larry chopped 3 inches off the top of the truck and and lengthened it by 3 inches. Although there are no specifics about what's next on the agenda, Larry states that his Ford is a work in progress with more modifications still in store.
A Killer KreationMichael Pacitti of Philadelphia wasn't joking when he decided to custom-paint and change his stock '02 Dodge Ram 1500. The truck features a 2/4 drop, a Sir Michaels custom roll pan, and an SS front bumper. An Innovations Sport tonneau was added to the bed to cover the Rhino liner. The system includes a rear-vision camera, a flip/touch-screen DVD, and a 13-inch drop-down TV screen. The custom paintjob was performed by Killer Kreations. Now that's one killer custom.
Bow Tie SmileThis '02 Chevy Silverado, owned by Austin Propst of Branson West, Missouri, attracts more than the usual attention. His Silverado has a Belltech 3/5 drop and rolls on 16-inch chrome wheels. The front end was revamped with a Trenz billet grille, and everything was shaved off the Silverado's sides. Austin followed it up by tinting the windows and painting the front end for a clean smile. The truck's stock interior is soon to be remodeled.
Don't Call It Stock!This clean '96 Dodge Ram 1500 is Brad Parker's daily driver, so he wanted to make sure it was a head-turner. First off, the V-6 engine was modified with a JET Performance Stage II chip and a K&N intake. With the addition of a Street Scene grille insert, the exterior of the truck no longer looks stock, and 20-inch Stealth KMC wheels wrapped by Nittos really set off the stance. Brad can't wait to check the next mod off his list.
The Truck With the Lime SmileMark Elmer of Odenton, Maryland, has fully customized his '97 Chevy S-10. The truck is equipped with a 2.2L I-4 engine, a K&N intake, and a Flowmaster exhaust. The pickup's suspension includes a 3-inch drop in the front with a 4-inch drop in back. The billet grille is accented with clear lenses. Mark's newest addition to the truck is the lime-green-flamed suit that matches the emerald-green fabric in the interior.
Custom BankruptcyEver since Michael Shope of Overland Park, Kansas, purchased his '92 Chevy K-1500 Blazer, he's been spending money like crazy. Special detailed tint was added, a Viper alarm was installed, a K&N air filter was added, and Euro taillights were bolted into place. The interior was upgraded for passenger enjoyment by adding an Alpine CD player with a six-disc changer. For now, the truck rolls on 23-inch Diamo wheels and Nitto rubber, but when winter rolls in, they'll be changed to Chevy Z-71 wheels.
Greenville SlammerBrandon Massey of Greenville, South Carolina, created this ground-scraping '99 Ford F-150. Brandon began his journey of modifications by shaving the tailgate and taillights. He soon tinted the windows and added an '03 Navigator front clip to go with the custom fenders. The truck rides on 22-inch KMC wheels, which cruise within Dunlop rubber. For entertainment, the interior has a Pioneer DEH-640 CD player, a PlayStation 2, and 5-inch LCD monitors. Soon Brandon plans to do a body drop, spray on some custom paint, and smooth the inside of the bed.
Black KnightThis clean '01 Chevy Silverado rolls the streets of Star City, Arkansas. The owner, Bruce Goodman, spared no expense in making it a radical custom. For starters, Bruce replaced the factory front clip with one off of a Cadillac Escalade. The truck was dropped 2 inches and rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped by Ventus tires. After future modifications are performed, Bruce hopes to show off his truck once again in the pages of Truckin'. Keep us posted, Bruce.
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.