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Custom Sport Trucks - Homegrown Haulers - October 2007

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Oct 1, 2007
Photo 2/12   |   homegrown Haulers 2003 Dodge Ram
All In The Family
Who: Steve Klemm
Where: Utah
What: '03 hemi Ram 2500 Quad, '91 Dodge Dakota extra Cab,and '04 Grand Cherokee Columbia Addition
Steve Klemm is what you might call a DaimlerChrysler fanatic, considering that he owns three of them. First up is his pride and joy, an '03 Hemi Ram 2500 Quad Cab. He has added an SRT hood with billet grille, and it features a billet gas cap cover,a Westin black powdercoated bull bar, Luverne running boards, a 4-1/2-inch Tough Country lift, JBA titanium ceramic-coated headers, a Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust, a JET Performance Stage 1 chip, chrome Mopar valve covers, a color-matched spray-in bedliner, a Mopar tonneau cover, an Airaid cold-air intake, Mopar stainless steel door threshold covers, and a set of American Racing Teflon-coated Victor rims.
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Steve's Dakota has been his daily driver for the last 15 years. He just recently put in a 5.7L Hemi crate engine, along with replacing virtually everything else, including the ignition, the electric fans, the radiator, and so on. It has a 4-inch TrailMaster lift, a Flowmaster exhaust,and an ARE shell. Everything else is stock and in great condition. To finish up on the entire overhaul of the truck, his plans are for some fresh new paint, since the existing paint is factory issue.
Last but certainly not least is Steve's '04 Grand Cherokee Columbia Addition.It has a 4.7L HO engine. He has bolted up a Borla exhaust, a K&N cold-air intake, a front leveling kit, and some sweet 17-inch Detata wired rims, as well as a Mopar chrome pushbar.Steve tells us that he couldn't let the missus drive an unmodified vehicle.
What He Wins
Since Steve has his hands full with all these rigs, we decided he needs a pair of Shocker Gloves to keep his fingernails clean. Check out for more details on how to get your own pair.

Photo 7/12   |   homegrown Haulers 1996 Ford F150
Smple Green
Who: Shawn Ray
Where: Acworth, Ga
What: '96 Ford F-150 XLT
Shawn Ray of Acworth, Georgia,acquired this '96 Ford F-150 on his 16th birthday from his father.He has had it for one year now and has performed a lot of work to change it from its stock form. The motor is a relatively stock 302, other than the K&N intake and dual Flowmaster exhaust.The exterior has been outfitted with 20-inch Boss wheels, billet grille, clear headlights with green strobes in them, and Euro taillights. On the interior, he has upgraded the outdated factory stuff for a Kenwood head unit and door speakers, Infinity speakers in the rear, and a Memphis audio amplifier with a Memphis Audio 12-inch sub in a ported box. He has also replaced the carpet and installed a new headliner. Shawn says the truck is a lot of fun and he does most of the work himself, when he can and when he has the money.
Photo 8/12   |   homegrown Haulers 2000 Toyota Tundra
Cool As Ice
Who: Mitch Bradshaw
Where: Albany, Ga
What: '00 Toyota Tundra SR5 TRD Sport
Mitch Bradshaw of Albany, Georgia, has taken his time building this '00 Toyota Tundra, but it's because he wants to make sure everything is done right. The truck's exterior has been dressed up with an abundance of goodies, such as HID Bi-Xenon headlights and foglights, Euro taillights, clear corners lenses, and a Waag brushguard. Stock rolling attire wasn't good enough for Mitch, so a set of 22-inch Eagle alloy rims with Goodyear Fortera tires was bolted up. In addition to TRD having its way with the truck, Mitch added a K&N Filter Charger Intake Kit and TRD Performance Headers, leading to a Bassani Exhaust System. A JET Performance Chip was installed to bump up the pony production even more. In the cab, Mitch was not happy with the factory sound, so he swapped out the deck with one from Pioneer and wired up an army of amps, components, and subwoofers. He plans to add video to his audio, as well as bucket seats and a custom center console.
Photo 9/12   |   homegrown Haulers 2000 Chevrolet S10
Phlatt Out
Who: Chad
Where: Springfield, Mo
What: '00 S-10 Extreme
Chad's '00 S-10 started life as a run-ofthe- mill daily driver. However, there was something about driving a stock-height,plain-looking truck that wasn't exactly appealing. Therefore, he began to tinker with his truck, adding a five-link with Super Pivot by SuicideDoors and a set of SuicideDoors' upper and lower control arms. Rolling attire consists of 20x8.5-inch Boss wheels, wrapped in 245/35R20 Kumho tires. Chad felt that modifying the outer skin of his truck was now a necessity, so he had the door handles, antenna, hood squirters,third brake light, and tailgate handle shaved, and added a roll pan. He changed out the front end with one from a Sonoma and ditched the factory body kit, so he could lay the pinch on the ground with a 3-inch body drop. The interior is mostly stock but clean. Leather Envoy seats replace the cloth-covered stock ones, a Blazer center console was added, and new carpet was laid down to cover the added metal for the body drop.
Dad's Ride
Who: John Brady
Where: Via e-mail
What: '94 Chevy Silverado 1500
In 1994, John's father bought a brand-new Silverado, and from that day on, he has been in love with Chevy trucks. He was 18 at the time and had his own vehicle, but that bright-blue truck would get just as much attention as his car. John has spiffed up the exterior with new paint and shiny 20-inch chrome wheels, dressed in Nitto rubber. He also added more than 2,000 watts of stereo components throughout the cab and bed.Plans for the Silverado will be in the form of a drop kit, interior work, and custom pinstriping. "In 2004, the good Lord took my father to heaven," John says. "I decided I wanted to do a tribute to my father and customize his truck.I know that my dad is looking down and seeing everything I am doing and smiling big."
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