2001 GMC Sierra - Readers' Rides Special

Priscila GutierrezDec 1, 2004
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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.
Love at First Sight
One day Tommy Romo of San Antonio, Texas, was cruising along the freeway when an '01 GMC Sierra pickup caught his attention. The truck, with its bright-yellow paint, hypnotized Tommy. He knew right then that he had to purchase this beauty. He began upgrades right away. American Racing wheels and Continental tires were installed first. A billet grille for the front, nerf bars, and a Hellwig rear sway bar were added in order to catch someone else's attention, just like it did with Tommy. He is very satisfied with the purchase, but he believes there is plenty of potential to make it look and run even better.
Finished Business
This '00 Ford F-150 is still under construction, but Larry Schow of Torrance, California, has further upgraded it since the last time we featured his truck in Readers' Rides. He added an Innovations fiberglass lid, projector headlights, and removed the Lariat and F-150 badges. The front of the truck was lowered 2 inches and the back was lowered 4 inches. Still not satisfied, Larry will send us another picture as soon as the supercharger and other exterior additions are added. An artist's work is never truly finished, is it?
La Bonita
Nicknamed La Bonita for obvious reasons, this beautiful '01 Chevy S-10 owned by Agustin Gonzalez of Anaheim, California, sits in front of his warm California home basking in all of its beauty in the sun. La Bonita features a 3/4 drop and rides on 17-inch chrome wheels. To break up the monotonous, mellow, SoCal lifestyle, a dual exhaust was installed to let out a little steam. The stock grille was replaced with a chrome grille, and a custom bedcover was also added. This is one lucky truck.
New Territory
Even though he is not new to the show scene, this is the first truck Tim Deborde of Elkin, North Carolina, has decided to trick out. Being used to show cars, this is definitely new territory. The '94 Ford Ranger's first modification was a 4-inch lift with steering stabilizer, followed by the addition of Weld Racing Mountain Crusher wheels and new tires. The interior of the truck has leather and fabric on the door panels, a center console, painted aluminum door inserts, molded carpet mats, and a chrome fire extinguisher. Being the good dad he is, he sold the show winner to his son after his first grandchild was born.
All Rolled Into One
Here is yet another relaxed California pickup, this one residing in the heart of the agricultural mecca, Modesto, California. Steven M. Lederle is the proud owner of this '01 Chevy Silverado extra cab pickup. Steven first modified the truck by installing a Tahoe grille, then added a custom billet Bow Tie insert. The moldings on the sides were changed to GMC chrome moldings, and before the final rear airbag install was performed, Steven installed a 2/3 DJM drop.
Ghost Rider
When Ricky Spaulding of Port Orange, Florida, purchased this ghost-white '00 Ford Ranger, he had no idea it would become a three-year project. As you can see, the front bumper, lower valance, wipers, and arms were all painted white, and a white fiberglass SnugTop tonneau was installed. With the Euro taillights, sport mirrors, and a roll pan, Ricky can now float around Florida like an apparition stalking its former owner. The interior includes 2,670 watts of Clarion sound pumping out of Clarion mids, highs, and two 1,000-watt Infinity Reference 10-inch subs. Future plans to ensure this Casper gets noticed include a 7-inch Clarion screen, a DVD player, and more amps. Earplugs anyone?
Custom Creation
For Kevin Crouch of Jackson, Tennessee, purchasing his '97 Chevy Silverado was the first step in building a 4WD show truck. To start out, he had the frame sandblasted, painted Victory Red, and had Modern Image Signworks add yellow tribal flames. Many parts, including the Vortec engine, were painted and chromed. A K&N air filter was installed, and an AIRAID throttle-body spacer was also added for performance enhancement. Katzkin-covered seats add an upscale feel to the Silverado.
Bronze Medal
Joe Marsh of Summerville, South Carolina, owns this bronze '96 Chevy Silverado. This daily driver is equipped with a Vortec 350 modified with a K&N intake with a JET power programmer. The transmission has been upgraded with a B&M Shift Improver Kit. To complete his top-of-the-line Silverado, Joe upholstered the interior in leather with wood trim and power seats. His next move is to add a medal-winning sound system.
Lady In Red
Nicole Tuccino of Scottsdale, Arizona, roams the streets in her 6-inch lifted Ford F-150. The truck cruises on Weld Racing wheels wrapped by 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler rubber. For entertainment, the truck is equipped with a Rockford Fosgate sound system. Six shocks and one stabilizer in the front smooth out the roughest trails. Nicole plans on upgrading her truck in the future with a new paintjob. Will she be the lady in blue soon?
Proud F-150
Jose Garcia of Berwyn, Illinois, was tired of being looked down upon while driving his VW beetle, so when he saw this '01 Ford F-150 Lightning, he saw it as an opportunity to look down on other people while driving - literally. After driving it a bit, he decided he wanted people to look up to the truck, so he added a few upgrades. First, he installed a Volant cool-air intake that added 13 hp, then he added a Flowmaster exhaust system. Now, Jose is on a roll and plans on upgrading with a Power tonneau and a Clarion CD/DVD system. We're already looking up to you, Jose.
Trouble In Paradise
Even though Dean Nadeaw of New Britain, Connecticut, had some trouble with his '02 Dodge Ram 1500, he still had enough faith in the truck to continue trying to upgrade it and submit it to us. The truck rolls on 23-inch Teton Kruz wheels wrapped by Toyo Proxes rubber. A 7-inch Clarion DVD player was installed along with two 7-inch screens that his son can't get enough of. In the future, Dean hopes to upgrade it more and to keep it out of the shop.
Speed Racer
At 16, Matt Bush bought a basic, hard-working, daily driven '84 1/2-ton Chevy C10. Six years later, it has become the race truck he always dreamed of. His list of modifications may be the longest list we've ever received. Just a few of these include a 4-1/2-inch drop in the front and 5-inch drop in the rear, a phantom grille, chrome wheels, street-racing rubber, an Edelbrock Performer intake, and a custom-painted engine compartment. And that's just the exterior. Interior mods include a 13-inch chrome steering wheel, a Pioneer CD player pushed by a 600-watt Kenwood amp, and Camaro bucket seats. The truck's consistent 8.8s in the 1/8-mile run helped him to win first place for the whole street class in his home town. We're sure there will be more to come, Matt.
Speed Racer
At 16, Matt Bush bought a basic, hard-working, daily driven '84 1/2-ton Chevy C10. Six years later, it has become the race truck he always dreamed of. His list of modifications may be the longest list we've ever received. Just a few of these include a 4-1/2-inch drop in the front and 5-inch drop in the rear, a phantom grille, chrome wheels, street-racing rubber, an Edelbrock Performer intake, and a custom-painted engine compartment. And that's just the exterior. Interior mods include a 13-inch chrome steering wheel, a Pioneer CD player pushed by a 600-watt Kenwood amp, and Camaro bucket seats. The truck's consistent 8.8s in the 1/8-mile run helped him to win first place for the whole street class in his home town. We're sure there will be more to come, Matt.
Anger Management
Kevin Riverburgh of Bristol, Connecticut, has transformed his Chevy '01 2500 HD from stocker to shocker. This truck features the stock Sunset Orange color with custom Chevy Bow Tie ghost flames. Underneath this bad boy is a 6-inch lift powered by a 6.0L Vortec with a Powerdyne supercharger. When Kevin needs a little Zen time, he just takes this puppy on a few off-road rough rides and calls it a day.
Sold!
When Kevin Arndt of Crestwood, Illinois, saw the For Sale sign on this '91 Chevy 1500 Extended Cab, he jumped at the opportunity to buy it. With customizing in mind, he added a dual Flowmaster exhaust, a performance chip, a GMC front clip, and APC clear corners. The 6-inch drop on this large-and-in-charge Bow Tie accompanies the 15-inch Vette Ralley wheels with Monte Carlo center caps. Kevin would like to thank his best friend and family for helping him acquire the truck of his dreams. Looks like you're back in the sport and ready to stay, Kevin.
Carrie
With a name like Carrie, you know this truck is bad. Carrie, an '01 Ford Lightning, belongs to Josh Taylor of Reading, Pennsylvania. Josh made sure his girl wouldn't be the laughing stock at the prom this year. The truck has a Stage 3 ram-air kit, a Diablo sport chip with a warm weather street program, and Denso spark plugs under the hood. Her exterior consists of a Gaylord hard tonneau and a billet upper and lower grille. An Alpine in-dash 6-inch screen and a PlayStation accentuate her interior, making her the most popular girl in school.
Fort Benning Beauty
Sergeant Major Leon Fowler, Jr. of Columbus, Georgia, owns this super-custom '97 Ford F-150. This 4.6L Triton-equipped Ford travels from the army base to truck shows in style. The truck's Belltech suspension and V-8 will make any private beg for mercy. Goodyear rubber wraps its Boze wheels, and a K&N filter has been installed to clean the hot and humid Georgia airflow. The final attention to detail will be the custom seat inserts to match the paintjob. We think he's served his country well.
Eye Catcher
This '98 Chevy S-10 became a project truck for Matthew Kee of Franklin, Indiana. Making it his goal to make his truck a definite eye-catcher, ideas came like the splashes of bright tribal graphics on his pickup. First, Eagle Alloy wheels were installed, then the truck was dropped. Next up were the grille, mirrors, and plastic parts, which were all stripped and painted white. But seriously, are you really looking at the parts? We didn't think so. We can't even get past that killer paintjob.
Seeing is Believing
The old saying you have to see it to believe it holds true when talking about Robert Summersett's '93 Chevy 1500. While vacationing six years ago, he wanted something to read while on the beach, so he picked up his first copy of Truckin'. While looking through the magazine, he began to envision customizing his truck, and the rest is history. He immediately began ordering parts, including a 2/4 Belltech lowering kit, a B&M supercharger, Euro sport mirrors, and BFGoodrich g-Force rubber wrapping 18-inch Weld Evo Velociti wheels. Thank for picking up the magazine, Robert, and keep checking out our features for more great ideas for your truck.
Ground Pounder
Kenny Thompson of Deale, Maryland, is the proud owner of this '97 Chevy S-10. Kenny's project began when he gave the truck a 4/5 drop with Ground Force springs. The truck sparkles with 15-inch Eagle Alloy wheels, and the nose of the truck was modified with a phantom grille. A hardtop tonneau was installed and a K&N intake added. The interior is custom in black and gray with flamed designs in the door panels. A Panasonic CD player with 800 watts of sound make heads turn when they hear Kenny coming.
Three Years Of Sweat
Finally, after three years, this '90 Chevy S-10 Blazer is set to cruise the streets of Northampton, Pennsylvania, with its proud owner Ryan Zernhelt. With some Eagle Alloy 20s and Hankook Ventus Sport rubber, it's definitely looking the part. The truck's exterior color is Metallic Fire Red and has a 3/3 drop thanks to a Belltech suspension. On the sound side, a Kenwood head unit with Polk Audio speakers and subwoofers were installed.
This Time It's A Keeper
It seems as though Howie Jacobi of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, buys and customizes trucks as a daily hobby. He purchases a new Dodge Ram every two years. Most of the time he begins by lifting them, but this time, when this '02 Dodge Ram was purchased, he knew it was a sign when he didn't find a lift kit, but instead, a drop kit. So he dropped the truck, added 23-inch Momo wheels and Toyo tires, then went to work on the interior. He added flames on the headrest and added an Alpine screen and PlayStation for entertainment. For sound, the Dodge is packed with 28-inch subwoofers and a 4-inch Pro Pipe.
Check Out Those Wheels
This high-class Chevy S-10 belongs to Ricky Carson of Henderson, Tennessee. The truck roams around on beautiful 20-inch Boyd Coddington Meridian wheels wrapped by Kumho rubber. A Ram Air hood, a billet grille, and diamond headlights were installed to accentuate the shiny wheels. The truck was lowered 3 inches in the front and 4 inches in the rear, and for booming sound, 10-inch subs and a 500-watt amp were installed. If we saw those wheels cruising by, we'd definitely give this pickup a second, maybe even a third, look.
Dragon Nights
Pablo Miguel of George Town, Utah, is the owner of this '93 GMC Extra Cab. His truck slowly turned into a project two years ago by having the front dropped 3 inches with a DJM suspension and the rear dropped 4 inches. Pablo went a step further and added a phantom grille, five-spoke 17s, and Falken tires. After future plans of upgrading his truck are finished, Pablo will keep us posted.
Lumber 1
Twenty-nine-year-old lumber salesman Dave Harrison of Covington, Georgia, bought this '00 Ford F-150 to help beat his competitors when getting to job sites. The power under its hood comes from a Triton V-8, and the truck is equipped with an Airmax cold-air intake, a B&M Shift Improver Kit, and a Flowmaster dual exhaust system. What really influences Dave to speed to the job sites is the heart-jumping 800 watts of MA amp power and 10-inch subs. The truck runs on 16-inch rolling stock, and additions include a billet grille, vent visors, a bug shield, and to lug all of that lumber around in style, Daystar 1-1/2-inch coil springs. You have to look good even while working, right?
Standin' Out
The folks in Fallon, Nevada, frequently see Garret Giovanetti running around loose in his '90 Chevy K1500 Silverado. With a '98 GMC grille installed, filled stake hole pockets, and all the spot welds smoothed behind the cab and rocker panels, we're sure the local residents turn their heads when Garret screams through town. The truck also has a shaved tailgate, tinted side windows, and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrains.
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