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Custom Sport Trucks - Homegrown Haulers - January 2009

Kevin Aguilar
Jan 1, 2009
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Thanks For The Help, Grandpa
Jeff Rocheleau's '97 Chevy Cheyenne
ST. Albans, Vermont

We Say: Simple yet low, this truck is definitely cool. Jeff originally got this truck to tow an audio-strong Dodge D150. When he got over the audio thing, he sold the Dodge and went nuts on this baby. Jeff attributes his love for custom trucks to his grandfather who gave him a job as a helper at his collision shop. When grandpa closed the shop in order to retire at age 80, he gave all of his old tools to Jeff so he could continue wrenching on the truck. Sadly, Jeff's grandfather recently passed away, but Jeff still has this clean truck and a set of tools to remember him by.
What He Wins: Somehow this set of clear turn signal and side markers ended up in the junk drawer. We see that Jeff is running a set of factory lights and reflectors, so we thought he might want these. We don't know what company they are from, but we know they fit. Another thing he will get is this Arm-Restler gizmo. Its supposed to be a window-trim-mounting armrest. Hopefully, he can use it to make his drives more comfortable.
The 411
Rims/tires: 20x8.5 and 20x9.5 Billet Specialties Vintec / 245/40R20 and 285/35R20 BFGoodrich G-Force
Engine: 305-cid V-8 / Airaid cold-air intake / Edelbrock shorty headers / Flowmaster exhaust / five-speed manual transmission
Suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks two-link and front bag brackets / Slam Specialties RS-72 airbags / Belltech Nitro drop spindles / engine-driven compressor / 12-gallon air tank / Air Ride Technologies 1/2-inch valves / stock floor body drop / raised bed floor / custom wheeltubs / sectioned fuel tank
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate and door handles / smoothed front bumper / Stockland bed cover / Sir Michaels roll pan
Interior: Original Silverado leather seats / Trenz billet pedals and dash trim / Billet Specialties window cranks, rearview mirror, and Vintec steering wheel / Dennis McPhail shift knob / Dakota Digital air gauges
Audio/video: Alpine CDA-9857 head unit plugged into iPod Nano / Q-Forms kick panels / JL Audio speakers and subs / Xtant 3300 amplifier
Win A Havoc Dvd And Get Free Sport Truck Stickers!
So just how do you win a Havoc DVD and get some cool Sport Truck stickers for your ride? It's easy. It all starts with you taking a killer photo of your truck and sending that along with all of your information as well as a list of mods done to your truck. High-resolution digital photos are preferred and may improve your chances of winning. But really what it comes down to is if your truck is cool enough to pass our standards (OK, more like if we happen to get a bull's-eye on the dartboard!). So get going! Get out there with your digital cameras, put the settings on high-quality, and start shootin'. Email all of your stuff to, or send a CD with images via snail mail to: Sport Truck Magazine, Homegrown Haulers, 2400 East Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806.
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Still Lightning Fast
Jose L. Garcia's '01 Ford Svt Lightning
Berwyn, Illinois

We Say: Jose bought this truck used and now it has over 40,000 miles on it. Though the truck is more of a weekend cruiser it makes occasional trips to the quarter-mile track where it has ran 12.85 seconds at 105 mph. That's not bad for a truck that has been around for awhile.
The 411
Rims/tires: 20x10 Boyd Coddington Smoothie II / 295/40ZR20 Continental
Engine: 5.4L Triton V-8 / Eaton supercharger / JLP cold-air intake / computer tuned with Diablo Sport Predator tuner / Flowmaster Thunder-series exhaust
Suspension: Ford Racing Performance Parts 1-1/2-inch lowering kit
Body Mods: Keystone shaker hood with flat black paint and Boss Mustang scheme / Harley-Davidson F-150 chrome grille / Bed-Rug bedliner / Sportsmaster soft tonneau cover
Interior: Trenz billet foot pedals / custom billet door sill / Auto-Meter gauge pod on A-pillar
Audio/video: Pioneer AVIC-N3 GPS head unit
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White Knuckles
Chris Wolverton's '06 Dodge Ram
Somewhere In Florida

We Say: With a supercharged Hemi powering this standard-cab Ram, we bet it will give you some white knuckles when the gas pedal is mashed.
The 411
Rims/tires: 23-inch chrome / low-profile Toyo Proxes
Engine: 5.7L Hemi V-8 / GS Motorsports supercharger / Suncoast-built transmission with torque converter / 4.56 gears / Detroit locking differential
Suspension: 4/6 drop with traction bars
Body Mods: Fiberglass roll pan
Interior: Custom center console with floor shifter
Audio/video: Double-DIN head unit with 7-inch screen / Kicker 1250.1 amplifier and two 12-inch shallow subwoofers
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Low-Cruising Suv
Michael Vacca's '04 Chevy Blazer
Crestview, Florida

We Say: Since SUVs have a unibody-style floor, they are a bit harder to work on. With a truck, you can simply remove the bed in order to do any heavy suspension mods while SUVs have more limitations in working spaces. Obviously, Michael didn't let all of that stop him from hooking up his Blazer with some air ride.
The 411
Rims/tires: 18x9 Boss 304 / 245/40ZR18 Kumho Ecsta SPT
Engine: 4.3L V-6 / MAC cold-air intake / Granatelli mass airflow sensor / Poweraid throttle-body spacer / MSD 6A Ignition box / Nology spark plugs and wires / two Flowmaster mufflers
Suspension: HOS custom 4-link / Firestone airbags / Suicide Doors airbag brackets / Monroe shocks / Air Lift Easystreet valves and air tank / two Viair 480 compressors / slotted rotors
Body Mods: Shaved Antenna and rear wiper / euro taillights / clear turn signals / Street Scene Sport mirrors, mesh grille, and Gen III front bumper cover / Cervini's hood / billet bowtie / Anzo angel eye projector headlights / East Coast Customs roll pan
Interior: Fiberglassed A-pillars and painted to match exterior paint
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Self Pride
Kyle Qualia's '83 Isuzu P'up
Friendswood, Texas

We Say: According to Kyle, he and his father have done all work and maintenance on this truck. There is nothing wrong with taking a vehicle to a shop, but being able to do everything yourself will make you less dependent on others. Besides, there is no one who knows more about your truck than you.
The 411
Rims/tires: 17-inch Eagle Alloy / 225/45R17 Kreed
Engine: 1.9L inline four-cylinder engine / color-matched air filter / manual transmissionSuspension: 1-inch front torsion bar drop and 3-inch lowering block in rear
Body Mods: Shaved side emblems / F.B.I. roll pan / truck coated in Midnight Blue pearl paint
Interior: Sunpro volt, oil pressure, and water temp gauges / Summit Racing tachometer
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit / 6-inch Cerwin Vega speakers / MTX Audio 200-watt amplifier / 10-inch Kicker subwoofer


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