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Custom Sport Trucks - Homegrown Haulers - July 2007

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Galen Armenta
Jul 1, 2007
Photo 2/10   |   homegrown Haulers 1971 Chevrolet C10
Sano C10
Who: Anthony Orosco
Where: Madera, California
What: '71 Chevy C10
Seventeen-year-old Anthony Orosco of Madera, California, is the owner of this '71 shortbed big-window Chevy C10. Before the 305 powerplant out of a late-model Chevy was dropped into the truck, the frame and inner fenders were sent out for powdercoating. A Goodmark cowl-induction hood was bolted on, along with a set of 15-inch Prime wheels, wrapped in BFGoodrich 255/60R15 rubber. The stereo system has two 10-inch kicker subs. Full-size '94 Chevy bucket seats replaced the stock bench seat. The next big thing for Anthony is to 'bag the C10 and set it over some 22-inch rims. Thus far, it has been a two-year project with all the work done by Anthony and his dad. Anthony would like to thank his mom, dad, grandfather Robert, and everyone else who has helped him build this truck. And to help with his motivation to finish this project, we are going to send him some stuff from our Drawer-O'-Junk.
Photo 5/10   |   homegrown Haulers 2002 Dodge Ram
Texas-Made Ram
Who: Ron Spiller
Where: Somewhere in Texas?
What: '02 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
This '02 Dodge Ram Quad Cab belongs to Ron Spiller. He bought it brand-new and has been working on it since then. It has a Precision billet grille and bumper insert, a Sir Michaels roll pan, a SnugTop fiberglass cover, projector headlights, carbon-fiber LED taillights, and chrome overlays on the door handles and tailgate. Also, he had the mirrors and all the plastic pieces painted to match. The truck has been fitted with a McGaughy's 4/6 drop and Dodge rides on Motto 20-inch wheels. To upgrade the tunes, Ron replaced all the factory speakers with Kenwood speakers and added two Kenwood 12-inch subs with a 1,200-watt Kenwood amp under the back seat. Controlling all these additions is a Kenwood Excelon CD/MP3 player. Ron plans on installing an air-ride suspension, creating a custom interior, and designing a colorful paint scheme with the hope to one day accomplish his dream of landing on the cover of Sport Truck.
Photo 6/10   |   homegrown Haulers 2005 Chevrolet Colorado
Dan's Deal
Who: Dionicio "Dan" Nisnisan
Where: Stockton, California
What: '05 Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 Xtreme Crew Cab
Dan's truck is an '05 Chevrolet Colorado ZQ8 Xtreme Crew Cab that he works out of every day. It doubles as his office and shop during the week, and it is also used to haul bikes and a trailer for camping excursions on the weekend. The suspension was handled by AIM Industries Lowboyz coilover front shocks, Belltech 1-inch lowering springs, 1-1/2-inch solid billet lowering blocks, and DJM Calmax rear shocks, which is all topped off by Air Lift load-control 'bags and a dash-controlled air management system. Moving on to the motor side of things, various products from companies such as AEM, Borla, HPTuners, Optima, and Tsunami were installed. Accenting the exterior are accessories like a billet Bow Tie, door and tailgate handle covers, an AMI locking fuel door, a SnugTop SL tonneau cover, a Yakima bike rack, and a Line-X bedliner. Additional exterior features include paint-matched Street Scene power side-view mirrors, 3M Clear Bra paint protection film, an HID headlight conversion, custom-smoked TYC LED taillights, a custom LED third brake light, a DrawTite hitch, and Boss Motorsports 307 20x8.5-inch wheels, wrapped in Goodyear Eagle HP 255/35R20 tires. Adding to the creature comforts of the Colorado are an A-pillar dual gauge pod with Aeroforce tech Interceptor OBD2 scan gauge and oil pressure gauge, and Coverking custom-tailored neoprene seat covers. Finishing off the sound and security, it still has the factory six-disc XM head unit with an iPod interface for a 60G iPod, a JL Audio 500-watt five-channel amp, a JL Audio Stealthbox, and Boston Acoustics Pro60 6-1/2-inch component door speakers. Lastly, keeping everything on lock-down is an Audiovox Pro-9800 two-way remote-start security system.
Photo 7/10   |   homegrown Haulers 2006 Gmc Sierra
Braggin' Rights
Who: Scottie Bridgforth
Where: Kenbridge, Virginia
What: '06 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Scottie Bridgforth of Kenbridge, Virgina, has always wanted to get his truck into Sport Truck and has worked hard to accomplish that goal. Scottie's truck is an '06 GMC Sierra 2500HD with the highly sought-after Duramax and the new electronic six-speed auto/manual transmission. After purchasing the truck, he installed a Line-X spray-in bedliner, along with a Flame Grille from DJ Motorsports. For the second round of mods, he installed new LED taillights by In.Pro.Car Wear, a Recon LED third brake light, as well as a Line of Fire LED bar below the tailgate. Soon after, he made a call over to Banks Power and purchased a set of Dual Monster exhaust pipes from the company to help the truck breathe a little better. In early August, Scottie was able to finally install a Fabtech 8-inch suspension lift, along with traction bars, and triple shocks up front. The truck is rolling on 35x13-inch Nitto Grapplers and 20-inch KMC chrome diesel wheels. To add to the bling, he installed a set of chrome billet door handles from Grippin to complement the wheels. After the lift, he made another call over to Banks to see what else was available, but at the time, only the ram-air intake was available, so he picked one of those up. And to answer any questions on how the truck drives after the lift, Scottie says, "She handles better, and no one has beat me off the line yet!"
Photo 8/10   |   homegrown Haulers 2002 Chevrolet Silverado
On His Way
Who: Kevin McPherson
Where: Stuttgart, Arkansas
What: '02 Chevy Silverado 1500
Kevin McPherson of Stuttgart, Arkansas, has been working on his '02 Chevy Silverado 1500. He has done a few upgrades but nothing too crazy. For the suspension, Kevin put a rear lowering kit to even things out over the 20-inch Panther wheels. To dress up the body, he added a billet grille, a low-profile antenna, a 34x20-inch sunroof, Escalade-style door handles, a third brake light chrome cover, a roll pan, a cowl-induction hood, a hidden tow hitch, 20 percent window tint, and a flip-down license plate kit. To wrap up the inside, Kevin installed a Pioneer head unit, a 10-inch flip-down screen for the PlayStation 2 and DVD Player, and a Kicker Solobaric sub box with a Kicker 450-watt amplifier.
Photo 9/10   |   homegrown Haulers 1979 Ford F100
Doing work, son!
Who: Stephen J. McElroy
Where: Killeen, Texas
What: '79 Ford F-100
Back in 1997, Stephen McElroy bought a '79 Ford F-100 and took it home. When he picked the truck up, it barely ran, was primered gray, had a cracked windshield and no exhaust, and looked like a total pile. But, with the help of some great mechanics, J.T. and Donnie, from Killeen's Total Auto Care, and a lot of parts form LMC, it was on its way to becoming a clean daily driver for Stephen. He had a rebuilt 302 engine with a new Holley two-barrel carb and a new exhaust installed, rewired the truck, installed a billet grille, and started on the interior, replacing the carpet, door panels, and dash. Until he could decide on a final paint scheme, he had the truck temporarily painted yellow to get rid of the primer. Stephen tells us that it is a work in progress, and he still has a way to go before it's up to his standards.
Photo 10/10   |   homegrown Haulers win Our Junk
Want To Win Our Junk?
Every month, we are going to choose one lucky reader who will receive something from our secret vault (OK... it's not really a secret vault; it's more like a file cabinet-cough-drawer). So, send us pictures of your truck, your name, address, and a way for us to get a hold of you (unless you want us to have fun with your missing information), along with what is done to your truck and high-resolution pictures. Either e-mail all your stuff to:, or send it to:
Sport Truck Magazine, Homegrown Haulers, 2400 East Katella Ave., Ste. 700, Anaheim, CA 92806



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