2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Windsor Mill, Maryland
This truck puts in serious hours, every day of the week. Paul uses his 6.4-liter Power Stroke-equipped Super Duty to haul a 25-foot trailer filled with John Deere golf equipment nearly every day, and when he gets the chance, he takes it to the beach in North Carolina. He added 20-inch wheels, spray-in bedliner, and a Weather Guard tool box.
2007 Nissan Titan
Tupper Lake, New York
This Nissan King Cab Titan came well optioned from the factory, but received even more equipment once it got into Paul's hands. He added a Westin grille guard, brush guard, and nerf bars, KC lights, Lund Sunvisor II w/light kit, Extang Tonneau cover, and a PRG Suspension two-inch leveling kit. He also opted for a Stillen dual cat-back exhaust, and BFG A/T tires on 18-inch American Racing wheels.
2004 Toyota Tacoma
Montague, New Jersey
Here's another truck that merited a cross-country trip. Dawson bought his Tacoma in Southern California while visiting his grandfather. The trip was pretty long for him and his father, both of whom are over six feet tall--and the truck's seats don't recline, the steering wheel doesn't tilt, and there's no cruise control. But he's done a lot to it, including adding Flowmasters, cold-air intake, an "unnecessarily large" TRD tip, Extang tonneau, chrome bumpers, and Bridgestone Duelers on Ultra wheels.
2002 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
Patrick's F-150, powered by a modified 5.4-liter V-8, has been completely tricked out. It has a full air suspension with DJM upper and lower control arms, shaved door handles and moldings, a custom green ghost flame paint job, tubbed bed sprayed with Line-X, and 22-inch Eagle alloy wheels replated in black nickel, wrapped by Hankook Ventus ST tires. It's used for work during the week and as a cruiser on the weekends.
1991 Chevrolet S-10
The Baja appearance package was offered only on four-wheel-drive S-10s from 1988 to 1991, making this clean '91 a rare truck. The Baja package came with a rollbar and off-road lights; skidplates under the transfer case, front diff, fuel tank, and oil pan; grille guard with foglights; special rear bumper; and special suspension package. Joel's Frost White truck is powered by the 4.3-liter V-6 with a five-speed manual trans.
2001 GMC Sierra Z71
When Ohio was under water in the flooding of August 2007, Mike's extended-cab Sierra was used to haul building materials from the lumber-supply store and made it through the floodwaters--up 27 inches at his house--with ease. The truck has a six-inch Fabtech suspension, 31-inch BFGs, Westin body mods, dual exhaust, toolbox, Superchips programmer, and Rhino bedliner.
1971 Unimog 416
To say Max likes to be unusual would be an understatement. He bought this stout rig from an Austrian Fire and Rescue division and hasn't made a single modification. There are 19,000 original kilometers on the odometer, and on his last trip to the backcountry, he had to use his 20-speed rig to rescue a Hummer H1 from a big hole.
2005 GMC Yukon Denali
Downers Grove, Illinois
Mike takes great pride in his Yukon Denali, telling us it's kept spotless--he won't take it out of the garage if it's dirty. Its AWD is plenty to handle the harsh Chicago winters and has plenty of room inside for the kids and dogs. He added a Hypertech programmer, Magnaflow muffler, satellite radio, PIAA lights, and K&N air filter. It's the vehicle of choice for family vacations, trips to the hardware store, and towing the trailer.
1957 Ford Ranchero
Robert K. Lambert
Dedicating this submission to his father, Robert built and restored this treasured classic to its full luster and beauty. Although it started out as a lowly shop truck for an upholstery company, now it does family duty, towing a restored speed boat and family camping trailer. And, with a new 5.0-liter V-8 and six-speed, it can still do a wicked smoky burnout at the boat launch.
1949 Ford F-1
David's F-1 is purely used for fun. While it once was a work truck, the '49 is spending its golden years in parades and at shows and on the occasional pleasure cruise. Adding some modern touches, he converted it from six to 12 volts, replaced the generator with an alternator, and swapped in a heavy-duty radiator and electric fan.