Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers' Rides - December 2005
Slick SilveradoBrandon Smith of Oklahoma City, is the owner of this '01 Chevy Silverado. With the help of his parents, Brandon has started to upgrade his truck. A Flowmaster muffler with turn pipes was installed along with a fiberglass tonneau cover and carpet bedliner. The truck rides on 20-inch VCT-Gitano Scarface wheels wrapped in Wanli rubber. For sound, Brandon added an Audiobahn 12-inch sub box with Kicker K60 door speakers and a Sony head unit. In the future, Brandon plans on installing a nitrogen suspension kit.
Through the WireFor Brian Roberts of Greenwood, Indiana, having his '03 Dodge Ram looking better than ever makes him feel proud to be its owner. Unfortunately for Brian, his truck was involved in an accident and was damaged. But now it's back to normal with a few upgrades. Brian installed a rear tonneau, a front bumper, and 20-inch wheels. He also installed a 2-inch front drop and a 4-inch rear drop. Brian hopes to add a cowl-induction hood, Katzkin leather, and a set of headers.
SinisterThis '03 Ford F-150 belongs to Dan Saracco of Pleasanton, California. Dan has installed 22-inch Panther wheels for a little more spin when he rides on the streets of his city. For the body, he installed a billet grille, clear taillights, chrome emblems, and a SnugTop lid. For extra power, a K&N air intake and a Hypertech power programmer were added. Upcoming plans are to work on the entertainment system.
Greenwood S-10This '95 Chevy S-10 belongs to Brandon Delk of Greenwood, Indiana. After being in the family for a few generations, the truck was passed on to Brandon by his grandfather. Brandon began restoring the truck with a new two-tone paintjob. A Wings West eight-piece body kit was installed with billet grilles. For power, a K&N air filter was added, and for a more fashionable ride, 20-inch Akuza wheels wrapped in Sumitomo rubber were installed.
Low DownBesides being an avid reader of Truckin', A.J. McDonald of Irving, Texas, is also a project starter. A.J. has been working on his '97 Chevy S-10 extended cab for a while now and wants to share what he was done so far. The truck was lowered in the front and back. An air compressor feeds into a chrome 5-gallon air tank. The interior features a flip-down 6-1/2-inch monitor and a Playstation for his friends to enjoy while cruising around town.
ShiningBernard Soileau of Eunice, Louisiana, is the owner of this '97 Chevy S-10. The truck was first upgraded by changing the exterior with a Street Scene front valance, a smooth cowl, mirrors, and a roll pan. The truck rolls on Coddington Timeless wheels and Falken rubber. Power under the hood includes a Hotshot chromed intake, Taylor plug wires, and an Optima battery. For sound in the interior, a Pioneer audio system featuring a 10-inch sub was installed.
Oldie but GoodieTom Linde of Custer, South Dakota, is the owner of this '50 Ford F-150. Tom began changing his truck during his years in high school but left the V-8 transmission intact. Keeping the original power so that the truck wouldn't loose its classic style, Tom instead changed the exterior. He spray-painted the truck in two tones, added three Oak boards for the bed, changed the interior seats, and installed radio grilles along with a reproductions headliner.
Sundry StyleTyler Roach of Augustine, Florida, is the owner of this '01 GMC Sonoma. Tyler started by lowering the truck 4 inches with Bilsten lowering shocks and springs. Tyler and his father created the unique paintjob by mixing various vibrant colors to come up with the exact one. The interior seats and panel were customized to match the outside color. The truck rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in Kumho rubber. For sound and entertainment, a Pioneer system was installed. Upcoming modifications for the truck include an airbag installation.
Spartan RideOn the streets of Lansing, Michigan, this '96 Dodge Tim Stokes shows off his love for the home-team Spartans. Tim began to change the look of his truck due to an unfortunate accident. He first began by fixing the front of the truck on his own and installing a JBM billet grille and an air dam along with pilot foglights. The paintjob was done with the help of Tim's friends.
Sponge BobThis '04 Chevy Silverado belongs to Tracy Cunningham of Boulder, Colorado. Tracy transformed her truck from a simple stock Chevy to an upgraded model to suit her style. A set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear rubber were first installed, along with a Street Scene grille from Stylin' Concepts. The truck was then lowered 2 inches in the rear and a tonneau cover and bed carpeting were added for the cab. Tracy's upcoming plans for are to upgrade the interior with a whole new style.
Intense LawThe streets of Miami not only have to watch out for Matthew McGarey laying down the law but also for him showing off his '02 Chevy S-10 Xtreme. The truck roams undercover on Eagle Alloy wheels wrapped in Cooper rubber. Matthew had the truck custom painted and flamed in the front. The power under the hood has a 40 Series Flowmaster, a Hypertech PPIII, and an Optima battery with a K&N cold-air intake system. Changing the seats into leather ones and adding Nu Image gauges transformed the interior. For audio, Matthew installed a Kenwood head unit along with Kicker tweeters in the back.
Beach CruiserKerry Ashe of Union City, Tennessee, is the owner of this '04 Chevy C1500 Silverado. Although the truck resides in Tennessee, Kerry travels to St. Augustine, Florida, to cruise the beaches. The truck rides on 20-inch wheels and has heavy-duty Baer breaks for extra stopping power. Kerry installed a color-matched fuel injection cover and spark plug wires and a K&N air-induction system. The interior of the truck was changed to suede and leather panels with red stitching. Future upgrades include a Supercharger.
Sparklin'For Mickey Wilson of Orange, Virginia, his '98 Dodge Durango is his prized possession. The Durango was lowered 3 inches, and Keystone front and rear bumpers were installed. For different lighting, Euro taillights were added, and a Street Scene grille was installed. Mickey put the sound and entertainment system together by first installing 12-inch Kicker subs and an Eclipse TV head unit along with a DVD player and an Xbox.
No. 1 StunnerWarren Cooper shows his friends what he can do with his '97 Ford F-150 on the racetrack. Under the hood, Warren installed a Superchip computer chip along with a MagnaFlow dual exhaust for more thunder. The truck races on 20-inch Ultra Torpedo wheels wrapped in Goodyear rubber. For more sound, a Kicker audio system was installed. Future plans include giving the truck a 3/4 drop and adding a cold-air intake system.
DivineThis '02 Chevy Silverado belongs to Larry C. Sproles of Simi Valley, California. Larry added an intercooled super charger under the hood and a cat-back exhaust to start off. The truck rides on 22-inch Billet specialty wheels wrapped in NITTO rubber and has 3/5 drop. Larry plans on continuing to modify his truck in hopes of it being on the cover of Truckin'.