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Readers' Rides - June 2006

Kevin Aguilar
Nov 6, 2006
Photo 2/7   |   2000 Chevrolet S10 front Drivers Side View
Hell on Wheels
Who: Brook Hendrickson
Where: Glen Burnie, Maryland
What: '00 Chevy S-10
That's not body glitter, my friends. That's what we call a flake paintjob. Make no mistake-it ain't no sissy paint. And even though Brook's S-10 shines like your girlfriend's make-up, it has testosterone written all over it. Laying frame over 20-inch Panther wheels, there is no doubt that this truck is bad. Slam Specialties 'bags, front upper and lower control arms, and a rear four-link help this Chevy go from driveway sculpture to driveable truck to pick up ladies in. The S-10 front clip was swapped for a GMC replacement complete with Envoy bumper, billet grilles, and a 2-inch cowl hood. On the rear, it sports a set of Cadillac Eldorado taillights, a roll pan, and a flush-mounted tonneau cover. On the inside sits a Pioneer AVIC N1 entertainment system, Cliff Design amps, two Oz Elite subwoofers, two flush-mounted 8-inch screens, and full upholstery. As if it couldn't get any better, Brook plans on a body drop on 22s and possibly a supercharged 350 small-block.
Photo 3/7   |   2002 Ford F150 Super Crew front Drivers Side View
Low Blue Oval
Who: Patrick Wooten
Where: Ventura County, California
What: '02 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Patrick's F-150 sure is nice for an unfinished project. Even though it's not too flashy, this Ford gets the job done. The OE look is king, as Patrick has sprinkled some interior pieces from a Harley-Davidson F-150. Other pieces on the exterior include a fuel door from a Lincoln Blackwood and exterior lighting from a Ford lightning. And to make others jealous, a full adjustable FBSS air suspension was added with the help of IF Customs and Totally Polished. Up front is a set of DJM upper and lower control arms, and in the rear a KP Components cantilever four-link was bolted on with custom-fabbed Watts link. Nothing accents a truck better than a good set of rims, and Patrick did just that by adding a set of 22-inch Eagle alloys on all fours. The mean-green paintjob and lime-green ghost flames were sprayed, once the body of the Ford was shaved and cleaned up. For now, the truck is still a project, but with plans of notching the bed and adding wheeltubs we're sure that this Blue Oval will turn out bitchen.
Photo 4/7   |   1997 Chevrolet Blazer 4x4 front Drivers Side View
Project: eBay Baby
Who: Alain Fournier
Where: Derry, New Hampshire
What: '97 Chevy Blazer 4x4
Alain spends a lot of time with his eyes glued to a screen and hands on the keyboard. At least, we hope both his hands stay on the keyboard because you can get off track real fast on the internet. That's exactly how Alain tricked out is little SUV. He claims that he bought 95 percent of the goods on the Blazer while surfing on eBay. He found plenty of new equipment, including a Sony CD player, a Boss DVD/CD combo player, several Audiovox monitors, new speakers, a PS2, and two Audiobahn subs in a custom-made box that make mobile entertainment actually entertaining. For the engine, an AIRAID intake and Optima battery were purchased. He painted some plastics under the hood as well. Then, he decided to pop on a fiberglass front airdam with foglights and a set of Wings West side skirts. For more rumble in the jungle, the exhaust was ditched for a Flowmaster with a 3-inch tip. Then, the whole deal was lowered with a block in the rear and the use of the "ol' torsion key" trick in the front. To make onlookers do a double-take, he found a set of 17-inch '01 Camaro wheels and slapped them on. And finally, the whole deal was finished off with neon and LED lighting. This baby fulfills the motto, "I found it on eBay."
Photo 5/7   |   1998 Dodge Dakota passengers Side View
The Darkota
Who: Rusty Lowe
Where: Sevierville, Tennessee
What: '98 Dodge Dakota
Some people like to stay dark and mysterious, and Rusty is one of those guys. He bought his Dodge to be different, like the ads say you are, as a hook to get you to buy. But, in fact, he is different, especially among the sea of other domestic pickups. He's no regular and to prove that, he made his truck to his liking and not so factory. First off, he added a full body kit and carbon-fiber-style taillights. Then, to boost the go power, he snapped on a K&N air filter and clamped down a ram-air hood. Next, it was downsized with a Belltech lowering kit, and then a set of 20-inch Alloy Technology wheels was bolted on. After that, the Dakota was painted with some custom blue flames by B&B Autobody, which make it very worthy of our featured Readers' Rides.
Photo 6/7   |   1995 Chevrolet 1500 Stepside front Drivers Side View
Higher Ground
Who: Andy Ross
Where: Quarryville, Pennsylvania
What: '95 Chevy 1500 Stepside
The sky is the limit to possibilities of truck customization. And we really mean when we say that, you really inch your waycloser to the outer atmosphere. Andy Ross is a good example. He is currently on his way to higher altitudes with his Chevy Stepside. And a big plus is that more people know who's paid the cost to be the boss when you're up high. That was exactly the idea when this truck was lifted up. It was raised up with the use of a 4-inch Super Lift suspension and 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrain tires wrapped around 15-inch Pacer polished wheels. Then, since he is up so high, a layer of limo tint was added to keep him incognito-either that, or he didn't want everyone to see him singing tune since he could use it as a karaoke machine with its two JL Audio 10-inch subs plugged into a Rockford Fosgate amp. To alter that sound, a set of K&N headers and a Flowmaster exhaust were put on. To bottom it up, the exterior lights were changed with a new billet grille, and a tonneau cover was added. Now, he is the Mac Daddy.
Photo 7/7   |   2004 Toyota Tundra 4x4 Trd front Drivers Side View
One Off the Old Block
Who: Ronald Smith
Where: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
What: '04 Toyota Tundra 4x4 TRD
Ronald Smith's Tundra is definitely one not to be overlooked, as there are not many Tundras in the show scene. As an avid auto and motorcycle collector, Ron knows how rare it is to find one of these trucks customized. That is why he built it. The first thing to do was to lift it and raise all hell. This was done with a 2-1/2-inch lift kit over 16-inch American Racing wheels and Bridgestone 33-inch tires. In-car entertainment is a must, and Ron has four speakers worth of custom sound. Then, additional accessories like Street Scene grilles, Westin tubular side bars, and a plush tonneau cover in the back were added to it. But, that's just on the surface of this one-off truck. Under the hood is a K&N filter charger, a Helix throttle body spacer, and a remapped computer module to get things going. To let out those gases and give it more grunt, a Gibson exhaust, along with Gibson stainless steel headers, was bolted up on the underside. Now with all the mods, the 4.7L V-8 DOHC 32-valve engine makes for a quarter-mile time of 14 seconds at 94 mph. Way to go, Ron!


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