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Real-World Trucks Readers' Rides 2005

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Editors of Motor Trend
May 23, 2005
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Photo 2/35   |   Jeremy and Christine SnoblSan Antonio, Texas2001 Chevrolet Silverado LTThis truly is a stealth machine--you can't see most of the modifications done to this rig. A variety of go-fast goodies, TVs, video games, and audio components have already been added, but there are a lot more changes in the works. We have to know, have you ever had the chance to play with that hot rod behind your truck?
Photo 3/35   |   Dustin ReynoldsAnchorage, Alaska1999 Isuzu VehiCrossThis radical ride is ready to roll straight through a lunar landscape. This thing looks absolutely wild, and that's why we love it. Sporting over seven inches of lift, 36-inch Swampers, 20-inch wheels, DVD and audio modifications, and a SuperWinch, this rig's ready to romp anywhere it wants.

Photo 4/35   |   Chris LulaShawnee, Kansas1999 Dodge Ram 2500Already packing a 488cid V-10, Lula thought it still needed more power--he added a K&N filter and Dynomax headers with a cat-forward exhaust. Used for hauling tractors to steam-engine shows, Lula wishes he had the six-speed manual that comes with the diesel.
Photo 5/35   |   Edward HarmonFlagstaff, Arizona1962 International C-120 4x4This beautiful classic is completely original, with only 71,677 miles. The factory stock 266 V-8 is mated to a three-on-the-tree with solid axles, and a posi-lock rearend completes the drivetrain. Shod with Hercules bias-ply tires, this rig doesn't see much road time, due to an inability to reduce its directional momentum (it needs brakes).
Photo 6/35   |   Ken & Maria SteinCoventry, ConnecticutBoth are 2001The truck on the left is a 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel Dodge Ram 3500 dualie outfitted with a jake brake, towing mirrors, and bedliner. The rig on the right is a 14.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel Freightliner Century Class equipped with TV, refrigerator, and custom graphics. According to the Steins, both are finished and perfect, and we have to agree.
Photo 7/35   |   Cathy and Ken GlikersonLivingston, Texas2001 Ford F-450If you want to tow a 38-foot fifth-wheel, you need the right rig--and this is it. A K&N air filter helps the Power Stroke breathe, and the Alcoa wheels make sure you look good going down the road. A Fontaine bed, air wing, Lund SunVisor, Banks TransCommand, graphics, and bug deflector round out this ultraclean heavy hauler.

Photo 8/35   |   Keith FenstermacherSchnecksville, Pennsylvania2001 Ford F-250The parts bin was empty by the time this show truck was completed. This beast has been outfitted with everything you can think of. A 12.5-inch lift, 44-inch tires, four TVs, and more power under the hood are just a few items in a long list of modifications made to this monster. Brandi gets to use the truck whenever she wants, right?
Photo 9/35   |   Ryan LeasureCaldwell, Ohio1977 Ford F-350This classic work truck has a 6.9-liter International diesel motor with a Dana 60 frontend and a Dana 70 rearend with 3.54:1 gears and lockers. Highboy springs, a 1978 steering box, and those four-inch stacks make this the perfect vehicle on and off the farm.

Photo 10/35   |   Chuck MiedtkeRochester, Minnesota2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71Like many of us, the owner of this screaming-yellow sport truck was in search of more horsepower. A Volant cold-air intake was added with a DiabloSport Predator tuner and dual exhaust; next up, a supercharger. A set of Helo BlackMaxx 8 wheels with 33-inch Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos keeps things rolling.
Photo 11/35   |   Susan O'ConnellSeattle, Washington2004 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 XtracabThis baby's brand new. The engine, transmission, and suspension factory stock, hand-painted graphics and a spray-in bedliner are all that's been done so far. But, as we all know, once you start, you just can't stop. We see a small lift, wheels, and tires in your future. Very clean, very nice.
Photo 12/35   |   Bill and Rita LammersOcala, Florida1962 Dodge M-37The Lammers are currently in the process of restoring this warhorse to military specifications. And while not being tinkered on, this vintage military vehicle is spending its retirement entertaining our veterans at parades, air shows, and other charity events.
Photo 13/35   |   Bob WhiteRochelle Park, New Jersey2001 Ram 2500This big-rig was modified and customized by Auto Works Diesel. Some of the improvements include Stage-Five injectors, an Edge Comp drag box, and a Fast System, along with a few other aftermarket accessories. Love the stacks. Changing the rearend gearing is the last thing to be checked off the wish list, and this build's done.

Photo 14/35   |   Stuart RobertsonBoise, Idaho1956 Ford F-800This is an absolutely fantastic machine. To help improve ride quality, a 1998 Freightliner air leaf suspension has been added along with a 40,000-pound Rockwell rear-axle assembly and a 1977 Dodge B-700 front axle. This Ford's hobbies include cruising, car shows, and intimidating other motorists.
Photo 15/35   |   Richard DeanSuisun City, California1997 Ford F-150 4x4We can't even to begin to tell you how much has been done to this absolutely fantastic Ford. A few of the basics: ATI ProCharger, JBA headers, Borla cat-back exhaust, Manik brushguard with a Warn winch, 18x8.5-inch Cragar wheels with 35-inch BFGs, Alpine CD/MP3 player/changer, and, of course, the lighting, suspension, and body have all been modified. Absolutely amazing.

Photo 16/35   |   David SirkinRoswell, Georgia1999 Isuzu VehiCrossWanting a bit more pep, a custom red Alpine Developments supercharger has been added, along with a shift kit and cat-back exhaust, while Power Slot rotors and braided brake lines help when stopping. This Isuzu sits atop 18x8.0-inch Borbet wheels with 225/55R18 Toyo Proxes tires keeping it planted to the ground. According to David, all he wants is more power.
Photo 17/35   |   James MullettLakeland, Florida2001 Chevrolet TahoeLeaving the transmission and suspension stock, Mullett added a three-inch body lift, Flowmaster exhaust, Airaid intake, Westin bull bar, side steps, DVD system, and massive 16x10.0-inch Eagle wheels with 315/75R16 Wild Country tires. The only thing left on the build list for Mullett is a six-inch suspension lift.
Photo 18/35   |   George DemchakBobtown, Pennsylvania2001 Dodge Ram 2500This big blue beauty comes fully loaded. The Cummins diesel breathes through a K&N filter system and five-inch straight exhaust. An Edge torque booster adds more power, with 120-horsepower injectors next on the list. Finishing things are a full gauge package, tinted windows, bedliner with bed carpet, and 37-inch tires on 16.5x10.0-inch Center Line wheels.
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  |   Trent SchanenCedar Grove, Wisconsin1999 Dodge DurangoLeaving the transmission and suspension stock for now, Schanen focused his attention on the engine. The 318cid V-8 has a MagnaFlow dual exhaust, K&N cold-air intake, Mopar heads, Mopar Hi-Po Magnum engine controller, and 4.10:1 gears. Already putting out close to 300 horsepower, there are plans to install a new cam, heads, manifold, and rear disc brakes.

Photo 19/35   |   Tom PalmerDeer Park, Washington1989 International 4700 Lo-ProfileModifications are plentiful on this custom rig. A 63-inch Peterbilt Sleeper has been added, along with Alcoa wheels, aluminum-clad bed and sides, custom toolboxes, a massive heavy-duty front bumper, Bostrom air-ride seats, and a back-up TV camera. In the sleeper, Palmer added a toilet, microwave, and fridge, all of which make those long trips that much more comfortable.
Photo 20/35   |   Brian WysockHuntsville, Alabama1979 Dodge Li'l Red ExpressAccording to the 17-year-old owner, this truck's all original, other than the new interior and carpet. Wysock wanted something he could use as a daily driver that looked as good as it ran. You made a great choice. Next is restoring this sweet li'l ride. Let us know when you finish.

Photo 21/35   |   Troy OlsenDraper, Utah2001 Nissan XterraWanting more ground clearance, this ride received a two-inch body lift and a 1.5-inch suspension lift, fitted with Bilstein shocks. The Xterra was then shod with a set of 32-inch BFG All-Terrains. A K&N air filter, custom rock sliders, idler-arm brace, and, of course, a DVD player with dropdown LCD screen complete this off-road machine.
Photo 22/35   |   Thyssen RossNew Brunswick, Canada1997 Chevrolet SilveradoThis compact-crusher uses the stock transmission and suspension, but Ross added a three-inch body lift, 33-inch tires, and a K&N intake to help the 6.5-liter turbodiesel breathe better. With Ross, bigger is better, so he plans on increasing the tire size and really pumping up the horsepower. Romp on, you off-road mud monster.
Photo 23/35   |   Michael J. MuhaByron, California2001 Ford X-350Cocked, locked, and ready to rock is the perfect description of this urban-assault entertainment vehicle. Everything's been modified on this rig. Fabtech suspension, 35-inch Xterrains, four-inch stainless exhaust, a pounding stereo, three TVs, GPS, HID lights, Warn winch, and a host of other goodies. We love the paint job.
Photo 24/35   |   Michael FinckNesconset, New York2002 Toyota TacomaStarting with the engine, Finck added a K&N performance kit, Poweraid throttle-body spacer, stainless Gibson exhaust, and a remote starter. Other modifications include a six-inch Fabtech suspension kit, billet grille, bed cover, and black Rhino Linings bedliner. Finck still wants to add wheels and tires, after which he'll consider his big red machine finished.

Photo 25/35   |   Ralph ConsiglioEast Haven, Connecticut2003 Chevrolet Silverado Z71Sporting nine inches of total lift, thanks to Skyjacker and Performance Accessories, this ride's ready to go anywhere. A Corsa cat-back exhaust and K&N air-intake system help the 5.3-liter get enough air, while the Weld Racing wheels, 35-inch BFGs, and wicked custom grille help with the attitude.
Photo 26/35   |   David ChurchillBeloit, Wisconsin2000 GMC C7500 TopKickWow. This is the ultimate weekend adventure vehicle. Surprisingly, this beauty's packing a 7.4-liter 454cid gasoline engine; we would've expected a diesel. A custom Marmon-Herrington four-wheel-drive system keeps this rig rolling. Add a Monroe Truck custom aluminum bed and a Northstar camper, and you're ready for anything.

Photo 27/35   |   George C. Santos Jr.Sharon, Massachusetts2004 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Lariat LEThe transmission and suspension have been left stock, while the massive V-10 received a K&N air filter to help with airflow. Bumper guides, tonneau cover, Hadley air horns, Rhino Linings bedliner, and a diamondplate toolbox finish off this black beauty--at least for now.
Photo 28/35   |   Allen RobertsonBeloit, Wisconsin1998 Dodge DakotaAs you can see, this rig's had more than a few modifications. Starting with the 20-inch Structure wheels, a Belltech air ride suspension was added to help the look and ride. The audio system also gets an upgrade with Xtant amps and subs, Voodoo capacitors, Pioneer deck, and multiple TVs. Throw in a flamethrower exhaust, and you've got yourself one hot ride.
Photo 29/35   |   David GuttermanManhattan, Kansas1999 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4x4The transmission and suspension have been left stock. But the 5.9-liter Cummins diesel now breathes through a four-inch exhaust with a five-inch tip. Helping with the looks, a grilleguard, nerf bars, Auto Meter gauges, toolbox, and a set of 33-inch Dunlop Mud Rovers finish it off. Also used for tailgating at KSU games, David says this truck is done.
Photo 30/35   |   Gary GuttermanSpring Hill, Kansas2001 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLTMuch like his other ride, Gary's going with the motto "less is more." Keeping in step with the rest of the Gutterman vehicles, a nerf bar and bedliner have been added, along with a John Deere license plate. Like the rest of the Gutterman men, there are no modifications planned in the future. As they say, the family that plays together stays together.

Photo 31/35   |   Nick GuttermanManhattan, Kansas2004 GMC Sierra 2500 SHVery satisfied with the condition of this rig, Nick keep his modifications simple. Adding a Knaack Weather Guard toolbox, bedliner, nerf bars, and a set of JBL subwoofers and amp complete this build. Used on the farm and for tailgating at KSU football games, the only thing Nick still wants to do is add bigger tires.
Photo 32/35   |   Gary GuttermanSpring Hill, Kansas1986 GMC Sierra 3500With a 454 big-block and four-speed transmission, the drivetrain's been left alone. The only modifications this rig has seen are the addition of a B&W flatbed with a hide-a-ball and an Alpine CD player. Gary wants to add some nerf bars and then "it'll be perfect."

Photo 33/35   |   Jeff GuttermanLouisberg, Kansas2000 Dodge Ram 2500 HDMuch like his brother David, Jeff added a four-inch exhaust with a five-inch tip to aid in getting air to the 5.9-liter diesel. He also installed nerf bars, bed caps, and bedliner, and a set of 33-inch Dunlop Mud Rovers. No mention of tailgating, but we bet the truck does just fine on your trips out to the dunes.
Photo 34/35   |   Jun Dela CruzPoblacion Santa Maria Bulacan, Philippines1999 Mitsubishi Pajero EvolutionMitsubishi included many unique features when it created this limited-edition vehicle. Suspension is four-wheel independent, while the engine consists of an aluminum block and heads mated to a Tiptronic five-speed. The body received an aluminum hood and fenders along with a few other parts. And, to help keep you comfortable, a set of Recaro seats.
Photo 35/35   |   Carlton M. PrescottMount Holly, New Jersey2003 Ford F-350Though it may not look that modified, we're here to tell you it is. Prescott started by removing one rear tire and adding an eight-foot bed. He did this because many of the beaches he visits won't allow vehicles with two rear tires. Then he added the front Cooler Rack and pop-out camper. With that, he's ready to hit the surf and fish.

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