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Readers' Rides - Number 12

Featured Trucks of Truckin' Readers

Maxwell Matthewson
Dec 1, 2011
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White on White
This 2007 Chevy Silverado belongs to Luis Macias of Houston, Texas. The truck has been brought closer to Earth with a McGaughy’s 2/4 drop, while 26-inch Giovanna Merano wheels wrapped in Hankook 305/30R26 tires bring the truck back up. The wheels, as well as the interior plastics, are painted to match the truck. Also, inside is a Kenwood touchscreen head unit and two 10-inch subs. Future plans include engine upgrades and possibly some graphics.
Photo 2/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 2007 Chevy Silverado
This 2004 Chevy Avalanche belongs to Roger Diaz of San Joaquin, California. To start off the transformation from stock to showstopper, Roger installed Contitech airbags under the truck that are fed by ½-inch Parker valves. To this he added a set of custom-painted 28-inch Bentechi B15 wheels shod in Fullrun 295/25R28 rubber. The custom-painted theme continues onto the body with a midnight blue metallic paint with marbleized orange flames and graphics. For added flair, Dragon66 airbrushed the Grim Reaper on the hood. To make the body stand out even more, Roger added a chrome mesh grille, Autoloc forward-tilt hood, and custom-painted Range Rover lights. To spruce up the engine compartment, more painting was done along with a Spectre chrome intake, and Optima battery. With the exterior so custom, Roger couldn’t slack on the interior so he had the seats wrapped in stingray, snake, and suede. He then built a custom fiberglass center console and installed a whopping 15 monitors and six 15-inch subwoofers for all his mobile entertainment needs.
Photo 3/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 2004 Chevy Avalanche
Semper Fidelis
U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Richard Beckelheimer, owns this 2007 Chevy Tahoe LT. In between working on helicopters and spending time with his family, Richard is wrenching on his daily driver. So far it has a McGaughy’s 2/3-drop kit and rolls on 24-inch Asanti AF132 wheels wrapped in Federal 305/35R24 tires. To get those big wheels turning, the factory 5.3L has been equipped with a Magnacharger TVS 1900 supercharger, custom tune, and Corsa exhaust. Now the V-8 churns out an impressive 398 rwhp. To handle the extra power, the transmission was rebuilt and a set of 4:10 gears was installed in the rearend. To increase the style, Richard replaced the front and rear Bow Ties with billet duplicates, and outfitted the front end with black mesh inserts. So far, most of the changes have been made to exterior, leaving the interior fairly stock aside from a pair of JL Audio 10-inch subs in a custom enclosure. In the future, Richard wants to complete the stereo upgrade and pull out a few more horsepower to get right around the 500 horsepower mark.
Photo 4/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 2007 Chevy Tahoe Lt
Family Pride
Mark Elliot and his sons Austin and Jordan were given this ’79 GMC by Mark’s father-in-law. With over four hundred thousand miles on it, the tired 305ci engine was pulled in favor of a rebuilt 350 ci that makes 435 hp. The engine was brightened up with the help of a March Performance pulley kit. For a clean body, the door handles were shaved along with the tailgate handle, one-piece side windows replace the factory glass, Stylin’ Trucks sport mirrors were installed, and Cadillac taillights sit out back. With the body complete, it was covered in black paint with blue flakes. An LMC cowl hood was bolted on and a new grille and bumper were installed up front. Moving to the interior, Mark installed Dakota Digital gauges into the dash, replaced all of the factory speakers, and had the seats recovered with heated inserts and new upholstery.
Photo 5/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 1979 Gmc
Cajun Blue Oval
From Denham Springs, Louisiana, comes Michael Rabalais and his 1998 Ford F-150. A DJM 4/6 drop kit gives the truck a better stance while 18-inch SVT Lightning wheels add some style. Sitting between the framerails is the factory 5.4L engine with a K&N intake, Airaid throttle-body spacer, Flowmaster exhaust, and Hypertech programmer. Chrome abounds on the outside of this blue oval including a chrome grille, chrome door handles and gas filler door, chrome LED taillights and corners, and SVT Lightning headlights. The inside has been updated with a pillar-mounted tachometer, three 10-inch MTX subs and neon lighting. In the future, Michael plans on dropping in a 5.4L from a Lightning and updating the interior and suspension.
Photo 6/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 1998 Ford F150
Black Sheep
Justin Mayer hails from Ocala, Florida, and is the proud owner of this 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport. Justin wanted a truck that sounded, looked, and performed awesome, so he first added a custom intake, Bosch plugs and wires, SCT tune, and Cherry Bomb Extreme dual exhaust to the 5.2L Magnum. He then de-badged the whole truck, smoked the taillights, and installed black halo projector headlights. The rolling stock consists of black 20-inch V-Tec wheels shrouded in 275/55R20 Falken Ziex tires. The windows were darkened and a black Truxedo tonneau cover installed. Inside, Realtree AP black camo covers the headliner and door panels, while several plastic pieces were painted burnt orange. To finish off the interior, Justin built a custom center console to house the Kicker L7 12-inch subwoofer that was installed. Future plans include new paint and better performance.
Photo 7/7   |   readers Rides Number 12 2001 Dodge Ram 1500



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