2006 Hummer H3 - Calling Card
How Many TVs Does That Thing Have?
Lucky Early, owner of Lucky's Autosports in Lexington, Kentucky, has been building custom trucks in his shop for 10 years, and recently decided to shift the focus of his custom skills away from extreme suspensions toward high-end customs with over-the-top audio and interiors. The first project to underscore the shop's new emphasis is the '06 H3 you see here. With 65 monitors and the full onslaught of audio packed inside, Lucky's Autosports is garnering a lot of attention. Just leave the truck parked with the monitors playing and crowds will form, cameras are drawn, and people will gawk at the sheer magnitude of its customization.
Since this is our 12-volt feature in our audio issue, let's begin on the interior. Two of Lucky's Autosports fabricators, Kenny Arnett and Ricky Laack, were responsible for most of the interior work, including the fiberglass rear console that houses four Memphis PR104 10-inch subwoofers. After opening the rear hatch, which now holds a 32-inch monitor, a motorized amp rack slides from the sub enclosure to reveal two Memphis PR500.1 Class D amps and two Memphis PR200.2 Class AB amps. The center console stretches from the rear sub enclosure all the way to the center stack of the dash, with 14 Power Acoustik and Concept monitors along the way; not including the Pioneer CD/DVD head unit. Mids and highs are sent through 15-PRS6 separates, in each custom-fiberglass door panel, where you'll also find more Power Acoustic monitors. Two more monitors are tucked into the visors, and each front seat holds the factory H3 headrest monitor, along with a huge 15-inch monitor from Concept Car Audio. Staple & Stitch in Lexington, Kentucky, cut black leather and cream suede in the same pattern as the factory seats, while the crew at Lucky's Autosports used the same materials to wrap the headliner, door-panel inserts, rear hatch, and sub box.
The outside of the vehicle wasn't left out, as Shawn Green, also from Lucky's Autosports, was tasked to smooth bumpers both front and rear, as the front received three monitors, including a 15-inch center-mounted screen, while the steel-fabricated corner bumpers in the rear each got one monitor. Six rocker- panel-mounted monitors play from just above and behind the side steps on each side of the H3, and two monitors are mounted in the grille where the turn signals used to be. Four more monitors are located inside the truck that can be viewed from the outside, two in the back window, and one each on the rearmost side glass.
Finally, the exterior was fitted with billet aluminum gear from Real Wheels, including the hood grille, fuel door, antenna cover, and front marker light surrounds, which match the interior grab handles that were used as door pulls. Following the theme of excess, 26-inch DUB Dirty Dog 6 wheels and 305/30R26 Hankook Ventus were bolted onto each corner. To keep those Dirty Dogs filling the huge wheel openings, Lucky went with Belltech torsion keys and 4-inch lowering blocks. Belltech shocks compensate for the new height and help to keep the extra mass of the wheels and tires under control.
Under the hood, the 3.5L five-cylinder is decked out in its factory trim, except for the Borla 2.5-inch exhaust. The intake remains stock, because Lucky plans on adding a Magnuson supercharger to help the engine lug around all of the audio and video gear. The only noticeable modification, thus far, is the addition of a Kinetik battery that rests in the factory location, albeit with a custom-fabricated bracket.
Lucky's dedication to finishing this project is paying off, as this ride has the tendency to make people stop in their tracks. But he would like to make sure that the guys at his shop, Kenny Arnett and Ricky Laack, get credit for their huge contributions to the build, too. Lucky's wife April was also a big help throughout the entire six-month process. With all of the fabrication behind them, the grand total is 65 monitors-in almost every conceivable configuration-to show customers what the shop has to offer. It sure beats a business card.