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Truck Trend's Readers' Rides 2006

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Editors of Truck Trend
Feb 27, 2006
Look for our next "Readers' Rides" application form in the September/October 2006 issue, on sale the second week in August.

Photo 2/48   |   Ron Smith Jr.Carlisle, Pennsylvania2004 Toyota Tundra 4x4 Access CabWith 22 different add-ons, this truck has too many goodies to list, like the lift and tires, which raise the truck 4.5 inches. Other modifications were done for more power and better looks. But what's most impressive is the custom 14-speaker sound system. This is truly a one-of-a-kind Tundra.
Photo 3/48   |   Steve HoellerEl Paso, TexasVehicle UnknownThis is what Steve calls his personal tow rig, designed and built after years of thought. It features the ability to tow any kind of hitch known to man--including a wheel lift hidden under the back. So end the suspense. What is it? E-mail us or give us a call.

Photo 4/48   |   Kendall McCullochCanada1975 406 UnimogThis seriously big rig has been worked on for the past 10 months. It's not quite finished, but it's getting close. This has been a complete frame-off restoration; the 352 straight-six diesel and drivetrain, including a 20-speed transmission, only has 940 hours on it. No information on what this is used for, but we guess pretty much anything he wants.
Photo 5/48   |   Dave GilsonSacramento, California2004 Dodge RamKeeping things simple, this rig has a Gale Banks Monster exhaust system and Mopar drop-in air filter to help that 5.7-liter Hemi get the air it needs; the transmission and suspension were left stock. The Yakima bed rack holds the kayaks for camping trips with his girlfriend and dog. Hope he removes the kayaks before hitting the dragstrip.
Photo 6/48   |   Raymond LeottaSalisbury, Michigan1989 Ford F-350 4x4Starting with a monster 460 V-8, Flowmaster mufflers and super traps have been installed to help airflow and sound while increasing horsepower. Adding to the intimidation factor, a Warn Enforcer front bumper and Westin rear bumper were added, along with Trailmaster shocks, 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrain T/As, and a host of other goodies, along with the custom graphics.
Photo 7/48   |   Robert FarlowChesaning, Michigan1969 Chevrolet PickupThis classic rig has had a complete frame-off restoration. Everything about the Chevrolet is custom, from the high-performance 350 engine to the diamond-plate-covered interior. Robert also has added a four-inch Rough Country suspension, Eagle wheels shod with 33-inch Pro Comp tires, and numerous other items. It's a fine example of one man's love for his truck.
Photo 8/48   |   Michael AlamorianMilton, Delaware2003 GMC Sierra DenaliThis clean custom truck packs a 6.0-liter Vortec motor, and a polished K&N filter and Corsa cat-back exhaust help performance. American 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagles, ghost flames, and billet diamond-plate interior accents add to the rig's custom look.
Photo 9/48   |   Troy D. SmithOwendale, Michigan2002 Chevrolet 2500 Duramax DieselHappy with the look of his rig, Troy added a little more pep to his already potent 6.6-liter turbodiesel. A four-inch exhaust, an Edge Juice Box and air-induction system have been added to up the power. To finish things off, Troy included a tonneau cover and Line-X bedliner, making this one clean machine.
Photo 10/48   |   Donny CahillBaldwinsville, New York2002 Ford F-250This black beauty is sporting a six-inch Skyjacker suspension and rolls on 37-inch Baja Claw tires. The 5.4-liter V-8 has JBA headers, Borla exhaust, K&N intake, and a Superchip programmer. This rig is used for daily driving, trail-riding, mudding, and plowing through snow without a plow.
Photo 11/48   |   Wyman Van SkiverCameron, New York2002 Ford F-250 XL HDThis truck is completely bone stock. The engine is a V-10; it has a six-speed manual transmission and 4x4 suspension. This 84-year-young trucker has his own company, Wyman Trucking, with the motto, "If it fits, I'll haul it." Wyman hauls everything: livestock, lumber, steel, and even old machinery and buggies for the Amish.
Photo 12/48   |   Jim TylerLagrangeville, New York2000 Ford F-150 XLT Space CabOther than the K&N air filter feeding more air to the 5.4-liter V-8, the entire drivetrain is stock. Jim focused more of his attention on the look. He added an Extang tonneau cover, Ventshades on the doors, and a rear Ford slider window, along with a deflector up front, Ford black side steps, Putco tube grille, custom wood interior trim, and a custom exhaust tip, creating one sweet ride.
Photo 13/48   |   Joseph A. Skeete IIIAnchorage, Alaska2001 Ford SuperCrewComplementing the 2002 SVT Lightning and 1968 Chevelle drag car in his driveway is this total custom rig. Belltech three-inch lowering shackles help with the stance and a K&N filter, Superchips tuner, and Borla cat-back stainless exhaust help the 5.4-liter V-8. Also added were a Pioneer DVD/nav head unit with rear-seat DVD, Xplod door speakers, 20-inch Helo wheels, and so many other mods, we don't have the room to list them. Well done.
Photo 14/48   |   Matt, Michael, and Sharon PopielLake Forest, Illinois1986 Ford F-150 XLT LariatThis rig has had nearly everything done to it. The 302 motor has a new Comp Cam and Flowtech exhaust with headers, the transmission has a new B&M shift kit, and the suspension has a four-inch Skyjacker lift. There also is a three-inch body lift to accommodate the Centerline wheels shod with 33-inch Mickey Thompson tires. It's all topped off with custom black-and-red metallic paint.
Photo 15/48   |   Roy GendreauEast Windsor, Connecticut1996 Ford F-350 Power Stroke DualieLooking for more juice for his big red machine, the 7.3-liter diesel motor got a three-inch downpipe, four-inch exhaust, open-air intake, and Superchips tuner; transmission and suspension are still factory stock. Roy also added Boost Pyro gauges and twin 14K ATF coolers to make sure everything is in proper working order when he's towing the family's 30-foot fifth-wheel camper.
Photo 16/48   |   Vance StahlBoerne, Texas1992 Toyota 4x4The drivetrain is stock with the factory V-6, five-speed, and suspension. A two-inch lift has been added, along with custom 15-inch aluminum wheels wearing 31x10.50 BFG tires. Adding armor to the front end is a heavy-duty grilleguard, and, out back, a bed liner protects the box. Vance uses his truck for work, play, hunting, and off-roading.
Photo 17/48   |   Sergio CasillasFoothill Ranch, California2000 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab SR5This is Sergio's blank canvas. He likes customizing. It started with model kits, progressed to bicycles, and is finally realized in full-size vehicles. He restyled his first car, a 1998 Nissan Altima, into a prize-winning custom. That car was lost in an accident, so Sergio is putting his considerable skills and creativity towards this plain-Jane Tacoma.
Photo 18/48   |   Ben and Josefine RoacheRichmond, Virginia1988 Ford BroncoFor 17 years, this Blue Oval has never failed to take the Roaches anywhere they've wanted to go. The Bronco's 302 motor has a dual exhaust, while the transmission and suspension are stock. Runningboards help with ingress and egress, and the front deflector helps keep bugs off the nose and windshield when the Roaches are towing their trailer.
Photo 19/48   |   Roger CwynarAnderson, South Carolina1999 Ford F-2501948 Dodge B-11948 Allis Chalmers Model-B The Ford has a stock suspension and a factory six-speed mated to a 7.3-liter turbodiesel. There's also a K&N filter, headache rack, and EGT/boost gauge. The Dodge has stock suspension and a factory three-speed behind the straight-six. Radial tires have been added and the bed and rack have all new wood. The Ford hauls the Allis to tractor pulls and the Dodge to auto shows on the 30-foot gooseneck while the 30-foot fifth-wheel camper is for the family.
Photo 20/48   |   David GuzmanMission, Texas2005 Ford F-250 LariatDavid didn't waste time putting goodies on this brand-new rig. He started with a four-inch Skyjacker lift and tossed on a set of 18x9.0-inch Motto wheels shod with 35-inch Toyo Mud Terrains. He also added a Predator programmer, Airaid cold-air kit, Bushwacker flares, a Bazooka tube subwoofer, rear-seat DVD, and a 12,000-pound fifth-wheel hitch.
Photo 21/48   |   Keith ArringtonDallas, Texas1972 Chevrolet Custom DeluxThis truck was bought brand new in 1972 and currently has nearly 250,000 miles on it. The truck is in near-mint condition, down to the original grease penciling on the firewall. His rig came with all the Highlander options, including the dealer-installed deer guard, and could be one of a handful that still exist in this condition.
Photo 22/48   |   Mark and Ruth VanderbentManhattan, Illinois1998 Chevrolet SuburbanThe transmission and suspension weren't touched, but the 6.5-liter turbodiesel got a K&N air filter and a homemade ram air, with a four-inch exhaust and Flowmaster downpipe to be added shortly. Ruth uses the "Burb" to run the kids around, and on the weekends, the whole family goes camping in their 32-foot slide-out trailer.
Photo 23/48   |   Lon LawrenceCarlsbad, New Mexico2005 Chevrolet Silverado "El Camino"Engine modifications include a Flowmaster exhaust and an AEM cold-air intake. Custom modifications include the Super Sport and El Camino emblems; 327cid with Chevy flags and SS badges; hood scoop; stainless-steel hood protector/bug guard; chrome wheelwells, mirror backs, and door handles; "Camino" front license plate; woodgrain dash; and XM Satellite Radio.
Photo 24/48   |   Milton BretzGodley, Texas1971 Jeep Jeepster CommandoModifications to this red monster include a 350 Buick engine, TH-400 transmission, custom spring-over suspension, a Howell TBI, HEI/DUI, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.88:1 gears, Detroits, 37-inch Boggers, a Warn winch, and so on. This rig gets minimal street time, but can often be found playing in the mud or doing some hard trail riding.
Photo 25/48   |   John and Polly HolmesSilver Springs, Nevada1955 Chevrolet CameoThis all-original, bone-stock, matching-number truck is perfection. This beautiful frame-off restoration is running the factory 235ci six-cylinder and Hydra-Matic transmission and uses the straight-axle leaf-spring suspension. Featured in numerous magazines, the rig is used by John and Polly for cruising and hitting the car shows, and we're sure they get plenty of attention at both.
Photo 26/48   |   John AndersonLafayette, California2004 Jeep Wrangler XIt has the stock 4.0-liter engine with the stock automatic transmission and transfer case. The only additions under the hood are a K&N air filter and a Viair 450C air compressor. The Jeep has a four-inch Skyjacker lift with 33x12.50 BFGoodrich T/A KO tires on 15x10-inch American Racing black steelies. The windshield lights are KC Daylighters on KC mounts. Out front are a 50-inch Olympic rock bumper, grilleguard with KC foglights, and stock recovery hooks. This rig has a ton more stuff; we just ran out of room.
Photo 27/48   |   Caleb SternbergTampa, Florida2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4This beast has a three-inch body lift, 35-inch ProComp mud terrains, 17x10.0-inch Eagle Alloy rims, Gibson stainless-steel headers, three-inch dual exhaust with one-chamber Flowmaster mufflers, throttle-body spacer, Rancho suspension, diamond-plate toolbox, and bedrail covers. It's used as a daily driver and for an occasional trip to the mud pit.
Photo 28/48   |   Dwight MorrisonRycroft, Alberta, Canada2005 Yamaha RhinoLegal in some states on road, the Rhino weighs approximately 1000 pounds with a 660 four-stroke engine, pushbutton four-wheel drive, and four-wheel diff lock. Yamaha has had problems with the axles and CV-joints, so Dwight took his plasma to the frame of the Rhino, gave it a five-inch lift, and installed two 4000-pound Warn winches. The transmission is a V-belt automatic (hi/lo), and the suspension is a modified double-wishbone setup.
Photo 29/48   |   Rob MerchantGreenwich, Connecticut2000 Extended Cab S-10 ZR2Wanting a new look for his S-10, Rob piled on the modifications. The engine got an Airaid intake, Poweraid throttle-body spacer, Granetelli MAF, Hypertech PPIII, Borla exhaust, and Optima Redtop battery. The suspension received a two-inch Superlift system, Edelbrock IAS shocks, and American Racing wheels with 31-inch Mickey Thompsons. You'll have to ask Rob about the rest of the mods.
Photo 30/48   |   Don SimonGibsonia, Pennsylvania2002 Chevrolet AvalancheThe main pieces have been left stock--engine, transmission, and suspension--but Don has included a few things to make his annual vacation more enjoyable. He first added a custom surf-fishing-rod rack with a 110-volt converter to power his blender. Then came a 12-volt water faucet with a three-gallon holding tank--everything necessary for a comfortable getaway.
Photo 31/48   |   Bill MooreNew Cumberland, Pennsylvania1974 Ford BroncoWhat you see here is a result of a complete frame-off restoration, taking 11 months to finish. Everything has been rebuilt or replaced. This rig has a 302 motor, C-4 automatic transmission, a 5.5-inch lift, 35-inch tires, Warn winch, full rollcage, and the list of modifications goes on. What Bill has created is one big bad Bronco.
Photo 32/48   |   Scott NeigelEagle Butte, South Dakota1992 Ford F-250 XLTThe engine is a stock 460 with dual exhaust. The suspension is stock, along with the transmission, and the truck uses 4:10:1 gears. Weld Racing wheels and Goodyear Wrangler tires have been added along with aftermarket headlights, turn signals, taillights, and hood scoops. Inside, Scott installed an aftermarket Sony stereo with two 12-inch Sony subwoofers and bucket seats.
Photo 33/48   |   John A. RuskaTrenary, Michigan2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie Quad CabLeaving the drivetrain stock, John focused on getting his truck to look the way he likes--adding a Go Rhino! chrome grille and push bar, foglamps, front bumper bar light, a Ram hood ornament, 007 plate, hood scoop, rear sequential light bar, Dodge SS mud guards, SS wheelwells and step bars, and a custom Laramie logo. Nice work, John.
Photo 34/48   |   Brenda YatesRaleigh, North Carolina2004 Jeep Wrangler RubiconAnother off-road adventurer who has no need to add any modifications to her rig. Hey, the Jeep's already Trail Rated--what else is there to do other than hop in and hit the dusty trails? Just remember to keep the shiny side up.
Photo 35/48   |   Randy RichardsonAberdeen, North Carolina1990 GMC Sierra 2500This 15-year-old clean machine looks like it was just driven off the showroom floor. Modifications are minimal--mostly cosmetic. Randy put in an all-new interior and redid the exterior trim. To top things off, he's also added handmade oak bedrails.
Photo 36/48   |   Charles HipplerAmherst, Ohio2000 Chevrolet C1500A custom hood, American mag wheels, tonneau cover, stainless bedrails, and special orange paint set the looks of this rig, while the K&N filter and free-flowing exhaust add power to the 4.8-liter V-8. A stock automatic transmission, heavy-duty suspension, and Bow-Tie light covers finish off this sweet daily driver.
Photo 37/48   |   Jason LawsMacedon, New York2001 F-250 Super DutyThere are way too many modifications to this big bad Blue Oval to list here. Let's just say the parts bin was empty by the time Jason was finished. Everything you can think of has been done to this rig. This truck is used for work and for hauling his (and his friends') other off-road toys around.
Photo 38/48   |   Jason EdmonsonHuber Heights, Ohio2004 GMC SierraNothing has been left untouched on this ride. There are over 22 modifications here, starting with the Putco Punch grille and ending with the TYC taillights. Jason modified the engine for more power and bolted on 35-inch BFGs. He has plans to add an RCD six-inch lift soon for more height. This is a daily driver, and on the weekends, it spends its time at truck shows.
Photo 39/48   |   John L. Beatty Jr.Mt. Laurel, New Jersey2002 Ford Ranger EdgeTo feed his need for mudslinging, John added a 5.5-inch RCD suspension lift and a three-inch P.A. body lift to get through those mud pits. The 4.0-liter V-6 gets a K&N filter and custom exhaust, and, to keep that mud flinging, 15-inch MT Classic II wheels rolling on 35-inch Swampers were included.
Photo 40/48   |   Mike WildKent, England1989 Ford F-250 HDKeeping his rig basically stock, Mike has added new springs and shocks, Diamondbrite bed caps and bed box, chrome rear drop bumper and diamond-plate runningboards, with a new front bumper and 12,000-pound winch soon to come. Mike uses his truck for hauling logs and lumber on his homebuilt trailer and towing his 30-foot Airstream.
Photo 41/48   |   Rick NeigelEagle Butte, South Dakota2003 Ford F-250 XLTStarting with a beefy Ford V-10 engine, a K&N air filter and dual exhaust have been added to help breathing. The transmission is stock with 3.73:1 limited-slip gears, and it rolls on American Racing rims with Goodyear Wrangler tires. Rick also installed a grille insert, put chrome all the way around, and gave the Super Duty a sunroof.
Photo 42/48   |   Frank BurbaNew Bedford, Massachusetts1995 Dodge BR3500With the extra load from the 2002 Lance camper riding piggyback, Frank added a Banks exhaust system, K&N filter kit for more power, and an extra-deep transmission pan to accommodate the load of the camper. You can find this rig camping and fishing on the shores of Cape Cod--dualies are allowed on beaches in Massachusetts.
Photo 43/48   |   Tim PetersenLake City, Florida1999 Ford F-250Already packing a massive 7.3-liter Power Stroke, Tim still wanted more power, so he added an 80-horsepower Superchip and custom exhaust. Changing the look of his rig was done with a five-inch lift and Eagle wheels wearing 33-inch BFGs. Tim uses his truck for work, play, and just about everything else.
Photo 44/48   |   Tomasz KalmuczakRichmond, B.C. Canada2002 Chevrolet SilveradoThis rig is factory bone stock, with the standard 4.8-liter V-8, four-speed automatic transmission, and Z71 factory off-road suspension. When not in a picturesque mountain setting, the truck is used for work, play, and hunting.
Photo 45/48   |   Shane GrantLake Katrine, New York1994 Ford F-150 Mark III ConversionThis is a fully custom rig. It has an extended cab with a short box, a 351W mated to an automatic, and a 4:10:1 Posi rearend. Shane also added a custom exhaust by Sound Quest with Hooker headers and true dual three-inch stainless straight pipes exiting in the middle of the rear. Shane lowered his truck two inches in front and three inches out back. In the future, he plans to get the truck into pro-street drag racing.
Photo 46/48   |   Doug BrownPaso Robles, California1964 Dodge Power Wagon W200Starting life as a military vehicle in White Sands, New Mexico, this classic now spends its time hauling wood, four-wheeling, and winching trees. The suspension is stock, but the factory slant-six was swapped out for a 360 V-8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
Photo 47/48   |   Jeff WebsterSharpsburg, Georgia2003 Hummer H2This SUV packs a 6.0-liter V-8 with a Volant cold-air intake, along with Borla headers, Borla mufflers, and tips. He also added an Alpine in-dash stereo head unit and DVD player, two Alpine headrest DVD monitors, a wireless headphone system, and two JL Audio 13.5-inch subwoofers with 1000 watts of power to each. Still to come are 20-inch wheels, 38-inch tires, and Baer brakes.
Photo 48/48   |   Nick AntonelliIslip, New York2004 Chevrolet Silverado Z71Getting this rig with a scant three miles on it, Nick's only had time to add a few things: Line-X spray-on bedliner, a Westin brush guard, a pair of PIAA 520 driving lights, a bed rack for his bikes, and a K&N air intake to help that 5.3-liter Vortec V-8 breathe better. Next come an eight-inch lift and monster 37-inch BFG Mud-Terrains.



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