Readers' Rides - Number 7

Maxwell Matthewson
Jul 1, 2011
To get your truck featured in Readers’ Rides, email a high-resolution photo of your truck to Send in a front 3/4 or profile shot of your truck, and make sure it’s big enough. For a digital file, try to make it at least 1MB. We print at a much higher resolution than a website, which means that sending links to photos posted online won’t work. Also, please make sure that the whole truck is in the frame, don’t cutoff the front or back of the truck. Remember, this is your pride and joy. Do your best to make your truck look it’s best. Also, make sure to include plenty of information about you and your truck. Each month a truck will be picked as Ride of the Month and the owner will receive a pair of Mechanix gloves for keeping his or her hands safe while turning wrenches. If you want to get your ride noticed by posting it on our website, go to Upload up to 20 photos of your vehicle, along with detailed descriptions.
Betty Ford
For as long as he can remember, Gary Leese, of Lawton, Oklahoma, wanted to build a 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup. This dream came true three years ago when he bought this truck. He started by putting a Mustang II front suspension with 11-inch disc brakes and out back, he installed a Chassis Engineering rear leaf spring suspension. After that he sprayed the body with five coats of Trinity 1945 Tangerine Twist paint. Next, Gary turned his attention to the drivetrain. Gary bored the 302 and added a .503 lift Thumper cam from Comp Cams and a high-rise Parker intake with a 600 cfm Holley carb. Then he bolted an AOD tranny to the back of this beast. The tranny puts the power to the pavement through an 8.8-inch Granada rearend with original 2.75 gears. The seats are Eddie Bauer edition from a Ford Explorer and the steering column is out of an S-10. The console is made of plywood and covered in vinyl while a Mustang shifter gives Gary command of the tranny. In the bed sits a custom toolbox that houses a 16-gallon fuel cell, battery, jack, and cleaning supplies. The original tailgate was reskinned and a recessed license plate holder was installed. Finally, Silverado third brake lights were converted to taillights.
Photo 2/3   |   reader Ride Number 7 1949 Ford F1 Pickup
Tillman’s Tundra
This 2008 Toyota Tundra CrewMax shortbed belongs to Tillman O’Brien of Kemah, Texas. Tillman didn’t want a run-of-the-mill truck, so right after buying it, he installed a 6-inch RCD lift kit and 35-inch Federal Couragia M/T tires on 20-inch Fuel Octane wheels. From there, Tillman installed a Tough Country bumper and SuperHides seat covers. In the future, Tillman plans on installing a bumping system and a custom interior.
Photo 3/3   |   reader Ride Number 7 2008 Toyota Tundra
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