This year, we received Readers' Rides entries from across the country and around the world, and the trucks (and a few sport/utilities) we saw were the most varied yet. Some were gorgeous classics, some were brand new and ready for work and play, and others were daily drivers, carefully detailed for their photo shoots. Regardless, the common theme through all the stories and submissions we received is how much owners love their trucks. Everyone who submitted forms and photos expressed passion for his ride like it was a member of the family. Without further ado, here are our 2013 Readers' Rides.
2005 Jeep Wrangler
Steve Casey, Ettrick, Wisconsin
Riding high in the cheese state, Steve Casey uses his nicely modified Jeep Wrangler not only as his daily driver, but also for off-roading fun. His Wrangler is equipped with a 3 1/2-inch Rubicon Express lift, Currie heavy-duty tie rods and drag link, K&N intake, Borla cat-back exhaust, and ARB front/rear bumpers and tire carrier. It's finished off with Mickey Thompson classic lock wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFG rubber.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Brenda Yates, Raleigh, North Carolina
Longtime reader and Jeep owner, Brenda Yates shows off her new wheels on the shores of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. And, boy, are we jealous! Her brand-new 2013 Wrangler Rubicon is powered with the 3.6-liter V-6 paired with the five-speed automatic transmission.
1992 Dodge Power Ram 250
Barry Hall, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
In near-mint condition, Hall's Ram 250 is his daily driver and his workhorse. It's powered by a 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel mated with an automatic transmission. He's added a few upgrades to his suspension, but only to enhance its peak performance for towing and hauling.
1956 Ford F-700
Stuart Robertson, Boise, Idaho
Show and go! Robertson's show-stopping Ford F-700 was built to tow his gooseneck trailer and turn heads on cruise nights. Beside its stunning exterior, this workhorse is packing a GM 454 H.O. crate engine under the hood and is mated with an Allison 545 transmission. It also has an Eaton 19,000-pound rear axle, Ford 9000-pound front axle, 22 1/2-inch wheels, and a 50-gallon aluminum fuel tank.
Little Tikes Classic Pickup
Mackenzie Shanley, Haskell, New Jersey
Like mother, like daughter. After seeing Mom Amie's Ford Flex in our 2012 Readers' Rides, four-year-old Mackenzie wanted to show off her sweet Little Tikes pickup. It's powered by two little feet (according to the entry form), and sports a Ford emblem, custom roof rack, and a rear license plate that's says, "Silly boys, trucks are for girls." She uses it as a cleanup vehicle in the back yard, hauls her stuffed animals around, and sometimes gives her little sister Samantha a ride too. We also heard she'll be trading it soon for a Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler.
1997 Chevrolet Sportside Silverado
Darrell Crandell, S. Portland, Maine
This Silverado comes to us from the far tip of the United States. Crandell uses his Silverado as his daily driver and workhorse when doing home repairs. It's powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 and gets 20 mpg on road trips. Keeping it clean, Crandell had the bed sprayed with Rhino Linings and added a set of American Racing wheels -- just enough for his perfect truck.
1995 GMC Suburban
Mark Vanderbent, Manhattan, Florida
With over 516,000 miles on the odometer, This GMC Suburban is powered by a 6.5-liter turbodiesel and is used to haul Mark's 30-foot travel trailer for camping trips. The truck sits on a set of aluminum wheels wrapped in BFG All-Terrain rubber.
1985 Ford F-150
Bennett Orr, Marathon, Florida Keys
Longtime reader and Readers' Ride aficionado Bennett Orr uses his 1985 Ford F-150 to deliver fresh-caught seafood to local stores and restaurants. It also o hauls lobster and snow crab cages and fishing gear of all sorts. When this workhorse takes a break, you can find it hanging out at local car shows and youth club events. Orr says he had too many modifications to list -- he just likes to keep it running like it just rolled off the showroom floor.
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Classic
John M. Cone, Greenville, Florida
This Silverado 3500 has the best job ever working on the Cone family's 2200-acre farm. John uses his pickup to haul hay to horse farms and feed stores all across Florida, along with hauling a tractor, balers, and cattle. Its 6.6-liter Duramax diesel is mated to a six-speed Allison transmission to get the job done. A Bully Dog GT tuner, MBRP turbo cat-back exhaust, Eagle Alloys wheels wrapped in Cooper Discoverer STs, and a billet grille were added for the perfect look and performance gains.
2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Z66
Mark Shafron, Encino, California
Mark's daily-driven Avalanche is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 producing 295 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Mark's wife uses it for shopping and taking their daughter to school. The first-gen Avalanche launched in 2001 as a 2002 model on the GMT800 platform and was named Motor Trend's 2002 Truck of the Year. The Z66 trim level featured a Premium Smooth Ride suspension package, 18x8-inch aluminum wheels, bright chrome grille insert, tubular assist steps, and a few extra goodies.
2006 Ford Ranger FX4
Anthony Geiss, Southwick, Massachusetts
It was love at first sight when Anthony saw this Ranger FX4 sitting at the local dealer. To keep his Ranger one step ahead of the crazy New England weather (and looking sharp), he outfitted it with 16-inch American Racing Teflon Mojave wheels wrapped in 265/75R16 Goodyear Duratracs for the winter, Warn W650F foglights, custom Husky Shields, OEM black grille, Herculiner bedliner, and a Tuffbox. According to Anthony, "Either navigating through a dense squall of snow after ice fishing or taking a half-beaten trail to kayak a remote body of water, I have complete confidence in my Ranger."
1986.5 Nissan Hardbody 4x4
James Hutchison, Middleborough, Massachusetts
Losing a longtime friend is never easy. When James Hutchison said farewell to his Nissan Hardbody, best friend of 25 years, it seemed fitting that it be part of our Readers' Rides for one last tribute. Hutchison bought it brand new from the dealer and learned how to drive stick on it that night. He modified his pickup with nearly every Nissan factory upgrade he could order to keep it as OEM as possible -- including the black and chrome wheels and 31-inch tires. He even fabricated a 2-inch lift kit, since no one made one for it at the time. It won a few show trophies, pulled waterlogged vehicles out of flooded rivers, and launched into the air without ever skipping a beat.
2002 Chevrolet Express Van 3500
Mike Hardbarger, Gambier, Ohio
There's a bit of a cult following for the modified van segment, and Mike Hardbarger knows first-hand how awesome his 2002 Quigley Conversion Express van is. They switched it from 3.73 gears to 4.10s, and added a Class V hitch, bin package, customized bulkhead with a windowed door in back, and a Dana 60 front end with lockout hubs. Mike uses the van for his construction business, and the custom bins hold everything he needs for the job, including pulling a lowboy trailer with a backhoe on it and a large dump trailer.
Father and Son Fords
Jonathan and Daniel Coad, Toledo, Illinois
1994 Ford F-150 XL
Jonathan's mother Catherine writes, "Jonathan's truck is a 1994 Ford F-150 XL regular cab with an 8-foot bed. It has an inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, factory twin I-beam front suspension, and factory leaf spring suspension in the rear. It's still in original factory very good/excellent condition with approximately 114,000 original miles. The truck is his first vehicle and will be used for driving to school and work."
1997 Ford F-350 XLT
We couldn't have written this any better: "Daniel, Jonathan's father, drives a 1997 Ford F-350 XLT Super Cab dualie with the 7.3-liter V-8 diesel engine, a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission with approximately 72,000 original miles. It has a twin I-beam suspension in front, and leaf-spring suspension in back. Over the years since purchasing his truck, he has added an EZ Dumper dump bed, Air Lift suspension in the rear to level heavy loads, a brush guard, and a Reese hitch. The truck has been used to haul heavy loads of water, wood, rock, dirt, and sand, and it's still in excellent condition."
2006 Chevrolet Kodiak 4500 4x4
Carson Braga, Soledad, California
Not much was left stock on Carson's killer green Kodiak 4500. This two-year build includes a 12-inch suspension lift aided by Atlas springs and triple-bypass King shocks. The Kodiak sits on 22.5x14 Alcoa wheels wrapped in massive 46-inch (445) Goodyear tires. It's powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with an EFI programmer, Fleece Performance turbo, methanol injection, and Magnaflow exhaust. He even has a blind-spot camera system, similar to an RV, that switches side to side depending on what turn signal is used. Braga enjoys taking his green monster to the sandy shores at Oceano Dunes SVRA in California, and loves to turn heads when he travels to El Centro, California, for work.
2007 Dodge Ram 1500
U.S. Army Sergeant Anthony Robinson, Afghanistan
While deployed in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Sergeant Anthony Robinson sent us photos of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 that's waiting for him back home. Sergeant Robinson calls it his Killer Bee, and from the long list of performance upgrades, we believe it. His Killer Bee puts out 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque with the help of an ram air scoop, cold-air intake, 85mm ported throttle body, Crazy Spartan cam, long tube headers with 3-inch Y-pipe, 3-inch Cherry Bomb Pro, 3-inch exhaust cutout, Superchips 3865 with trans tune, 180-degree thermostat, Powerwire, Sonnax Line Pressure Booster, Sharadon Performance stage III valve body, traction bars, and 4.56 gears. It sits on 17-inch ST wheels wrapped in M&H drag radials. Sergeant Robinson has plans for more upgrades when he returns home.
2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Heath Rich, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
At just 17 years of age, Heath is one of the youngest entrants in this year's roundup. His truck features a Flowmaster Super 40 muffler, HID headlights, taillight guards, Prestige rivet-style fender flares, blackout taillights, a tonneau cover, sprayed-on bedliner, running boards, a 2-inch leveling kit, two 12-inch Kicker subwoofers, and Infinity door speakers. The truck rolls down the road on Goodyear tires, on 17-inch DEJ Ribelle wheels with 1.5-inch spacers.
1997 Ford Ranger
Amy Snyder, Sterling, Colorado
At first glance, Amy's Ranger may not seem that remarkable, but it's not the truck's modifications that make it significant or noteworthy. Somewhat of a family heirloom, the truck was bequeathed from Snyder's mother in 2003. Amy learned how to drive on the truck, as did as her sister before her. Snyder drove the Ranger in college and the two hours to Denver on weekends. The photo submitted was taken in 2011, before a fateful accident in May 2012 caused by a tire blowout, which resulted in a rollover. Although the truck was badly damaged, Snyder walked away from the accident uninjured. The truck still starts and runs reliably. Although insurance companies may consider the truck a "total," Snyder is in the process of rebuilding it, saying, "It's the least I can do for the truck that saved my life."
1988 Jeep Wrangler
Eric and Leah Deverick, O'Fallon, Missouri
Eric is a man of few words, stating simply, "Here is my 1988 Jeep Wrangler. It has a 2.5-inch lift, 33-inch tires, aftermarket bumpers, rock sliders, and tube fenders. This is my daily driver that I also take out and play with." Mind if we come along?
1969 International Travelall
Armando Verdugo, Queen Creek, Arizona
International may be out of the light-truck business, but the Scout and Travelall will always hold a special place in off-road enthusiasts' hearts. This 1969 Travelall certainly holds a special place in Armando's heart. Equipped with a 345-cubic-inch V-8 with a Carter four-barrel carburetor, the Travelall features an extensive list of modifications that would make any off-roader envious. It features power seats from a 2005 Chevy Silverado for comfort on the road and the trail. The tall Travelall rides on a 4-inch lift with 37-inch Goodyear MTR tires with run-flat inserts, King shocks, Teraflex differential covers, a 10-gallon on-board air system, and a four-wheel disc brake conversion. Other upgrades include custom bumpers and a custom dashboard and gauges. In case you can't see or hear this beast coming, Verdugo installed an air horn to announce his presence. More than just a cool off-roader, the Travelall is a showcase for Hero Offroad, and is dubbed the War Wagon to raise awareness for the organization that provides off-road adventures to veterans.
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.