2000 Toyota Tacoma
Rob Oram, Lafayette, Colorado
Long-time subscriber Rob Oram, who's been reading Truck Trend nearly since its inception, submitted his 2000 Tacoma. Equipped with the 3.4-liter V-6 and five-speed manual, the Tacoma got a K&N intake, a Toytec 2.5-inch suspension lift, and an ARB bumper with a Badland 12,000-pound winch. To add further style to his truck, Oram also installed HID headlights, KC Rallye lights, Allpro Off-Road rock sliders, MB Motoring "Chaos" wheels, and 2002 Tacoma fender flares and taillights. We did the math on how long Oram has been reading Truck Trend: He states his age at 20 years old, meaning he was just six years old when he first turned a page. Now that's loyalty!
2006 GMC Sierra 1500
Jordan Hall, White House, Tennessee
To give his Sierra a custom touch, Hall painted the mirrors and added a billet grille with a billet GMC logo, LED taillights, a custom exhaust, K&N air filter, Hypertech programmer, upsized tires, and a Tekonsha digital brake controller. Hall says the truck is his daily driver, as well as his weekend workhorse, towing a 27-foot camper, pontoon boat, and a car trailer, among other tasks. Although you'd expect to see Duramax-powered HD models doing it, Hall also submitted a photo of the truck hooked up to a competition sled! We want to see the YouTube video of that one!
2001 Chevrolet S10
Kelvin Marryatt, Nova Scotia, Canada
Representing our northern neighbors, Kelvin submitted his 2001 Chevrolet S10. Equipped with the trusty 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 and automatic transmission, Marryatt added a Dynomax exhaust, K&N air filter, billet grille, and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. The truck is his daily driver, and is also used for hunting, fishing, and camping trips.
2006 Ford F-250
Jonathan Pollen, Fairbanks, Alaska
Like many of the other submissions to this year's Readers' Rides, Jonathan's Super Duty is used for work and play. The truck is the main vehicle for JD Construction, Pollen's construction company and has towed a travel trailer and a shallow riverboat for caribou hunting. On one trip, Pollen and his daughter had a close encounter with a furry friend, as shown in one of the photos Pollen submitted. Luckily, neither the truck nor the bear were harmed in the taking of that photo. The truck is powered by a 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel with a five-speed Torqshift automatic transmission, 20-inch Incubus Recoil wheels, 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler tires, a Rockford-Fosgate 10-speaker audio system, a Rhino-Lined bed, Pace Edwards tonneau cover, and stainless-steel cold front to keep the engine at operating temperature in Alaska's sub-freezing winters.
2011 Ford F-150 SuperCrew EcoBoost
Andy Pyott, Goshen, Ohio
Representing the latest generation of the Ford F-150, Pyott has kept it simple. The only modifications are a Leer truck cap, bedliner, bug deflector, and mud flaps. Pyott says he tows a tandem or single-axle utility trailer, and he drives the truck on weekends and one day a week to work. This photo was taken while Pyott and his truck were on vacation in Florida.
1994 Dodge Ram
Tom and Kris Holthaus, Waukon, Iowa
Even though it's going on 20 years old and 160,000 miles, this Ram still looks the business with newly installed custom headlights, a ram air hood, and silver racing stripes on blue paint. A chrome light bar gives the Ram even more attitude. One of Tom and Kris' (and the Ram's) favorite activities is towing the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 440 to the dragstrip.
2008 Ford F-150
Justin Burgess, New Orleans, Louisiana
One look at Justins' F-150 had us asking, "Who dat?!" at this slick custom truck hailing from the Big Easy. Burgess' truck features a 6-inch Fabtech lift kit with 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires on 20-inch BMF Stealth Novokane wheels. A Saleen S331 grille, Roush side-exit exhaust, and Bushwacker fender flares with custom glowing LED bolts give the truck one-of-a-kind style. Perhaps one of the most eye-catching modifications are the Oracle Colorshift Halo rings around the headlights, which are illuminated red and green in the photos. In case his upgrades didn't distinguish his truck enough from the thousands of other F-150s out there, Burgess had custom billet badges spelling "JUST10 Edition" made for the truck.
2012 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
Darryl Rod, Cheshire, Massachusetts
New England isn't generally thought of as truck country, but Darryl wanted to represent the Northeast with his 2012 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4. He's upgraded the sound system, added a tonneau cover, bed lights, a tailgate security system, and an anytime-on backup camera. He uses his truck for commuting and towing his Wave Runner and snowmobile.
2004 Ford F-250
John and Ruth Sherman, Dunnellon, Florida
This sky-high F-250 is John and Ruth Sherman's daily driver, and is built to publicize their non-profit called Jacked Up for a Cause. With a massive 11.5-inch lift, Streetglow underbody lights, Recon strobes, Reflexxions hood, and custom paint job with a stylized stars and bars, the truck features 4.56 gears with Magnatech diff covers, 43-inch Mil-spec Michelins on XD Rockstar wheels, and an AEM cold-air intake system and Flowmaster exhaust for the 6.8-liter V-10. The custom headache rack was built and donated by Spyder Industries.
2012 Ford F-350
Shane Waguespack, Gonzales, Louisiana
The second submission from the Bayou state comes from Shane Waugespack from Gonzales, Louisiana. His 2012 Ford F-350 is equipped with Nitto A/T tires on 22-inch American Force wheels, a Recon light kit, and a BakFlip cover. Waugespack uses the truck to tow his Fuzion toy hauler trailer.
1993 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado
Ken Walker, Kansas, Illinois
No, folks, that's not a typo. There really is a Kansas, Illinois. And that's where this C1500 owned by Ken Walker hails from. The cool matte beige paint job came more from a sense of practicality than a desire to make any kind of styling statement, after the original paint became "toast," as Walker put it. The truck has been used for family vacation and towing Walker's drag bike. The transmission lost Reverse two years ago, but Walker couldn't bear to part with such a trusty member of the family, so the transmission was repaired, and the truck is still going strong.
2008 Nissan Navara
Russ Odlum, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
This may look like your average Nissan Frontier, except it comes from down under, where it's called the Navara. One of the most unique features on Odlum's truck is an LPG (propane) conversion. Odlum says the truck makes good power with the 4.0-liter V-6 running on LPG. Custom touches include a front "nudge" bar, 18-inch chrome wheels, chrome taillight guards, and a sport bar behind the cab. Odlum uses the truck for transport and for towing his trailer.
2000 Toyota Tundra
John Birtwell, Seekonk, Massachusetts
Texas may be considered truck country by many, but with two entries from the Bay State, Massachusetts is making a strong showing this year. John Birtwell's 2000 Toyota Tundra looks clean and simple, but don't let the sleeper looks fool you. The original owner, Birtwell has done the customization and modifications gradually over the years. His Tundra sports a TRD supercharger, stainless headers, custom exhaust, extensive underhood engine bay detailing including silicone hoses, plus red powdercoated valve covers, fuel rails, and thermostat housing. But wait, there's more. The truck also has TRD red/blue Bilstein shocks, TRD coil springs, red powdercoated anti-roll bars, and enough other modifications to fill a whole page and then some. Birtwell says he uses the truck for weekend trips to parks and beaches.
1998 Dodge Dakota Sport
Howard Greenfield, Collingswood, New Jersey
After Hurricane Sandy, we know the residents of New Jersey are survivors--and so are Howard Greenfield and his truck Betty. The second owner of the Dakota, Greenfield purchased the truck with around 45,000 miles on it. Like many other truck enthusiasts, Greenfield had ambitious plans for customization and performance modifications. But soon after he purchased Betty, his job was cut as delivery manager at his dealership, and he focused on the essentials, upgrading the head unit to an HD Radio with a CD player, a Lund tonneau cover, and new headlights. He's invested in some wear and maintenance items, and today, Betty has 92,570 miles and is still going strong.
2010 Ford Raptor
Susan McMillin, San Diego, California
Susan has been an avid off-roader since learning to drive a dune buggy when she was 12. The trend continued when she began wrenching on her Baja Bug in high school. Her son Ron sent in the photo of his mom's Raptor, and said that, when he was in high school, her ride was a 2001 GMC Yukon XL with a RCD 6-inch suspension lift with FOX Racing Shox, a regeared tranny, and 35-inch BFG All Terrain tires. Here she is working on a job site, giving this house a makeover for some curb appeal, before it hits the market. Her Raptor is often used to transport plants, soil, landscape, furniture, floor samples, cabinets, counters, and trailers.
2003 Jeep TJ Wrangler
Samantha Benack, Fallon, Missouri
This "Filthy Dirty Jeep Girl" (according to the front window sticker) describes her daily driver TJ as her expensive play toy. She does all maintenance and repairs herself. The Wrangler has a 6.25-inch Skyjacker suspension lift, which has been custom painted black with hot pink shock boot covers. Other mods include the 35-inch 12.50x15 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radials and Poison Spider Rocker Knockers. The Jeep is currently running stock axles and gears, but Samantha plans on upgrading those, and hopes to add a custom fabricated long-arm kit. Her Jeep takes her anywhere she wants to go (except some parking garages), and she's a member of Midwest Jeep Thing and Managing Member/Owner of Filthy Dirty 4WD.
1999 Toyota Tacoma XtraCab 4x4
Jay Mak, Oakland, California
Jay's Tacoma, aka the Green Lantern, has racked up 175,000 miles. It's an SR5, powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 and a five-speed manual. The most important modification he made was the truck's utility rack. He built it to carry sea kayaks to get to a boat-in-only camping spot.
2012 Ram 2500
Larry Smith, Longview, Texas
Larry's awesome three-quarter-ton Ram is fairly new, but as you can see, he couldn't leave it alone. He added a K&N intake to the 6.7-liter turbodiesel, which was the only modification that high-horsepower engine needed. He added a 4-inch Rancho suspension with RS9000 shocks. He also installed a steering stabilizer on his daily driver, and finished it off with 20-inch XD Badlands wheels wrapped in 35-12.5-inch Toyo tires.
1987 Plymouth Reliant K-Car
Thomas E. Prell, Oswego, Illinois
Not all our readers drive a truck or SUV. Some readers still drive really cool-looking or odd cars. Case in point: Thomas Prell has wanted a woody wagon since he was in high school back in the '50s. He got his wish when he bought this 1987 Plymouth Reliant K-Car from his aunt in 2000. It's powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed automatic with more than 152,000 miles on the odo.
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Scott Bintz, Jamestown, North Dakota
Scott Bintz's Chevy Silverado "Storm Truck" turned heads at every corner. The full equipment and modification list is far too long to list here, but among the highlights are Auto Loc door poppers, Boondock custom bumpers, a Bully Dog Triple Dog GT tuner, Carriage Works mesh grille, Gibson exhaust, a Pace-Edwards tonneau cover, Pro Comp lift kit, custom Stitches Upholstery interior, and a 55-inch LG flat screen TV, and four other 26-inch TV monitors -- perfect for watching movies, playing games on the Xbox, and maybe even taking the truck tailgating at an NDSU football game.