Radical Renderings by Ryan Curtis
Ryan Curtis has always had a passion for anything with four wheels and an engine stretching back to childhood. At the time, Curtis traded in his old bat and glove for more Hot Wheels—dashing his father’s dreams of becoming a left-handed pitcher in the process. His passion led him to finding all kinds of discarded machinery to tear down and rebuild. As his mechanical knowledge grew, so did his artistic ability. During high school, his interest turned to mini-trucks. Their low stance and elaborate paint scheme—the whole scene—just spoke to him. After earning a degree in Visual Communications, he worked his way up to an Art Director position at local printers and a magazine before moving into the advertising industry. He eventually opened his own studio and focused on vehicle renderings using his unique blend of digital technology and traditional automotive painting techniques. To get in touch with Curtis for a rendering of a future project vehicle, log onto www.sin-customs.com. Tell him Truckin sent you.
This ’70 Ford F100 is being built by a father and son team out of Florida as a tribute to their family business and to celebrate running a local Texaco station for several generations. The show truck is meant to look like an old weathered shop truck that was hanging out behind the station for too long in the Florida elements. A 6.0L LS was topped with two Garrett GT35 Turbochargers, and is mated to a 4l60 trans with a Yank converter as a stock 8.8 rear got stuffed with 3.27:1 gears. A Crown Vic was cannibalized for its frame, front suspension assembly, and hubs with slotted rotors. Wheels will be a staggered 20/22 Vision classics setup with aggressive sticky tires. The age is real, and so is the patina, so Luke Scanlan Artistry in Ocala, Florida, came in to paint the logos on the doors and shoot it all with clear coat.
This black on black ’89 S10 is owned by Mathew Tickel and is a shining example of a simple build that hits all the marks. The first gen S10s were boxy from the factory, but that left a clean and uncluttered canvas to start customizing on. The vision of a body-dropped blacked-out beauty that sits on 22-inch black-chromed IROCs plays off the shaved door handles and gas lid, screaming simple and sleek. The stock frontend sheetmetal gives way to a billet grille, while a roll pan in the rear caps off the short list of mods. “I’ve always loved how dead clean these S10s can look with just the right amount of fab work,” Says Curtis. “I wanted it to be as complete a custom as could be and still have it be my daily driver.”