Readers' Custom Trucks - Readers Rides - July 2007
The Besinger Process Charles Besinger's '85 C10 received a stock-floor body-drop and a complete shave before it got front and rear rollpans and a billet grille. The body-drop and C-notch produce a stance that's 13 inches lower than stock, low enough to tuck 20-inch Eagle Alloys deep into the fender. The custom paint of metal-flake blue flames over light blue was done by Chris Waddell.
TallOrder Orlando Lopez's '05 Silverado rides on a 10-inch CST lift, 20-inch Diamo wheels, and 38-inch Mickey Thompson tires. Fox Racing shocks help keep the massive rubber under control. Meanwhile, 5.13 gears help to get things moving. The 6.0L V-8 breathes through a Volant intake and it gets some tuning help from a JET programmer. A billet grille, clear corner lights, Escalade door handles, and shaved emblems cleaned up the exterior. Inside, Phoenix Gold amps power Eclipse subs and separates and boost the audio performance.
Alaskan C3 Jeff Holliday's '01 Sierra rides on a McGaughys 4/6 lowering kit and 20-inch Eagle Alloys, along with Firestone airbags out back. The Escalade door handles, mirrors, and rear bumper were all paint matched to continue the GMC's luxury appearance a step farther. Billet upper and lower grilles conceal PIAA lights that help the HIDs during Alaska's long winters. The GMC's 6.0L V-8 breathes through a K&N FIPK and Flowmaster exhaust. Next on Jeff's list are 22s, Baer brakes, and an intercooled Magna Charger. Jeff sends out special thanks to John Shwartz of Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security, for his help on the Panasonic head unit, the Zapco amps, and the remote start.
Well Engineered Nathan Mullins' '00 Silverado is a work in progress and has been ever since he traveled half-way across the country to buy it. But since he's a full-time engineer-majoring student at N.C. State, we'll cut him some slack. So far, he has 23-inch XS 830 wheels with Nitto NT 555s, a 3/5 Belltech drop kit, a roll pan, a Gibson exhaust, and leather seats that were pirated from an LS-trim Silverado. Since this photo was taken, Nathan has had the truck painted black and hopes to add graphics and 'bags when his budget permits it.
Wastedwages Ben and Stacy Heath of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, bought this '04 Ram to be a driver and a show truck, but some of their friends didn't understand their passion for custom trucks. Their friends said they were wasting their money on this hobby. True to their goal, Ben and Stacy ignored that advice and had Waldock Conversions give the Ram a custom paintjob and dual exhaust. The next modification was a Leer tonneau, then a set of 18-inch Panther wheels, and Toyo Open Country A/Ts. Future plans include a lift, 40-inch rubber, a stereo system, and a steel cowl-induction hood.
Obsessive Compulsive Bob Smith picked this '03 Dakota up off the dealer's lot when it was brand-new and has been tinkering with it ever since. Bob wants to swap in a V-8, but for now, the Dakota sports a ported V-8 throttle-body on the 3.9L V-6, a Superchip programmer, IMCO cat-back exhaust, and a 180-degree thermostat. For the right look, Bob added a 2/3 drop and 20-inch Boss Motorsport wheels. To smooth out the bodywork, Bob removed the badges and bolted on Street Scene mirrors, a Gen 2 front bumper, and a roll pan. Bob did all of the paint matching himself. Next on deck is a gear swap to 4.10s. Keep up the good work, Bob!