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Readers' Rides - Number 9

Maxwell Matthewson
Sep 1, 2011
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This nice-looking ’07 Silverado belongs to Ty Hoffpauir. After owning the truck for only six months, Ty has already lowered it with a McGaughy’s 4/6 drop. He then upgraded the wheels to 22-inch Boss 315s. The interior features paint-matched pieces as well as a kicking sound system that is comprised of two Power Acoustik P3 15-inch subs, a 5,500-watt PA amp, and a Kenwood 7-inch head unit. Next, Ty wants to color-match the bumper as well as convert all the lights to LEDs.
Photo 2/6   |   readers Rides Number 9 2007 Chevy Silverado
Rebel Rouser
This next truck is simply amazing. Ryan Vulich, of Michigan, owns this tire-melting ’94 GMC Sonoma. First off, the factory engine has been swapped for a Buick Grand National 3.8L V-6 with twin 67mm turbos and Moran injectors. The tranny is a Turbo 400 with a trans brake and a Neal Chance converter. Out back, Ryan has swapped in a Ford 9-inch to help get the Weld Racing wheels spinning. It runs on E85 fuel and features a Fast XFI computer, custom headers, and a front-mount intercooler. Ryan’s best quarter-mile time is 9.2 seconds at 150 mph.
Photo 3/6   |   readers Rides Number 9 1994 Gmc Sonoma
Lousy to Luxurious
Arnie Brulhardt, of Woodside Queens, New York, bought this 1983 Ford E-100 Econoline van new in ’83, when it was a standard cargo van. No windows, no seats other than the drivers seat, AM radio, no interior whatsoever. He could hear his echo in it. He decided that he wanted something a little bit nicer. So, he had Van House Coach, in New Jersey, install one of their kits. The kit came with large side windows, running boards, contrasting paint bands on the sides and front, insulation, paneling, short nap shag carpeting, two captain’s chairs, and an AM/FM radio with cassette deck and four speakers. From lousy to luxurious, Arnie’s van has been something he could really enjoy for many years.
Photo 4/6   |   readers Rides Number 9 1983 Ford E 100
Job’s Side Job
Job Levesque from Spring Hill, Florida is the proud owner of this 2004 Ford Lightning. He has spent several years building it exactly how he wants it and is almost done. He started off by removing the body from the frame. To the frame, Job bolted on a lowering kit that included drop spindles, arms, and shocks. He then swapped out the factory wheels for a set of 20-inch Helo wheels with paint patched spoke centers. The frame was sandblasted and clear-coated for protection. The body was bolted back onto the frame and a ram air Good Hood was bolted on up front, a tonneau was attached to the bed, and custom headlights and taillights were installed. The body was then sprayed with a custom mixed blue paint. The 5.4L supercharged engine was outfitted with a Diablo predator tuner, cold air intake, and aftermarket crank pulley. To expel the hot gasses, a Bassani exhaust system was bolted on. In the future, Job plans to install a new JDM 5.4L engine with a 3.4L Whipple supercharger as well as a Precision Industries 2400-rpm torque convertor.
Photo 5/6   |   readers Rides Number 9 2004 Ford Lightning
Project Mistress
From Rapid City, South Dakota, comes Nickolas Carter and his 1995 Chevy Silverado. After picking up the truck bone stock, Nick bolted on a 2-inch Mcgaughy’s lowering kit to achieve a better stance. He then wrapped a set of 20-inch KMC Rockstar wheels with Cooper Discovery 275/45R20 tires and bolted them onto the truck. He removed all the badging and painted it black before reinstalling it. Inside, Nick upgraded the stereo with the help of an Alpine deck, Kicker amp, and 10-inch Rockford Fosgate P2 sub for bumping beats. Next on the agenda is an SS front bumper and roll pan, full custom interior, and possibly a V-8 upgrade.
Photo 6/6   |   readers Rides Number 9 1995 Chevy Silverado