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Truck Trend's 2007 Reader's Rides

Now It's Your Turn To Show Off

Scott Mortara
Feb 1, 2007

Photo 2/33   |   1953 Dodge M-37Steven BrandLos Angeles, CaliforniaThis is a perfect example of a trucker's love for his ride. This rig has been beautifully restored to almost (if not better than) new, with 22,000 original miles. The only duty this military machine sees now is trips to the store and, of course, parades.
Photo 3/33   |   Ford F-350Walter and Joan ShemlySurrey, B.C., CanadaThe cab is a 1969 Kenworth that's been modified using fiberglass; in fact, the entire body is fiberglass. Powered by a turbocharged 1998 Cummins intercooled engine mated to an Eaton FSO six-speed with overdrive. This truck pulls a 34-foot fifth-wheel RV trailer and a 20,000-pound excavator and trailer. One word: fantastic. (at least that's what it started life as)

Photo 4/33   |   1993 GMC Sierra GT 1500 4x4Dan LammersAppleton, WisconsinThis go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle has American Racing rims, hardtop bed cover with spoiler, front spoiler, cool-air induction hood, and a Racer Back dual exhaust as well as numerous chrome accessories hiding inside.
Photo 5/33   |   1976 Dodge Warlock Power Wagon W100Rocky HanesPortland, OregonA cousin to the more familiar Li'l Red Express Truck, the Warlock came with gold wheels, gold pinstripes inside and out, black vinyl bucket seats, chrome mini runningboard, wood bed, and real oak side racks. This rig has been restored to factory specs.

Photo 6/33   |   2000 Chevrolet TrackerPhil SmithMidland, MichiganThis is what we like: an off-road vehicle actually being used off-road. It's bone stock, other than the BFG A/Ts. And after the jump, it only cost $150 to repair the modifications made to the exhaust.
Photo 7/33   |   2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LT3 4x4Gary PettitWilson, New YorkComing from the factory fully loaded, nothing needs to be done to this rig. This is another everyday vehicle used for light hauling and some off-roading, but mostly just for cruising.

Photo 8/33   |   1999 Dodge Ram 2500Paul LaMonteHicksville, New YorkOutfitted with aftermarket upgrades that include Rancho shocks, Borla headers, Flowmaster exhaust, rear airbags, air compressor, cooler rack, and rear deck, this rig is more at home on fishing trips to the south shore of Long Island than anywhere else.
Photo 9/33   |   2002 Land Rover DiscoveryChris HowellShreveport, LouisianaAn Old Man Emu steering stabilizer, custom-painted grille, 18-inch Quantum Tek alloys with five Pirelli Scorpion AT 235/60R18 tires (including the spare), Disc Brakes Australia rotors, Hawk brake pads, and a K&N air filter finish off this clean rig.

Photo 10/33   |   2002 Freightliner FL-60 Crew CabSue and Ronnie BroussardBasile, LouisianaThis is one serious heavy hauler. Everything on this rig has air: the brakes, suspension, seats, horn, cab, and even the hitch, while a Herrin Hauler bed holds the massive trailer in place as the Broussards roll on down the road.
Photo 11/33   |   2004 Jeep Wrangler RubiconBrenda YatesRaleigh, North CarolinaStarting with an already awesome off-roader, no modifications are necessary. This daily driver enjoys spending its free time combing the beaches at Fort Fisher, North Carolina, with the doors off and the top down, of course. Is there any other way?

Photo 12/33   |   1997 Ford F-250 HDJohn StahleyWantagh, New YorkStarting with a 351W engine coupled to an E40D transmission and a four-inch Superlift, Mr. Stahley has added numerous go-fast and off-road goodies that make it easier to get to the beach for surf fishing, camping, and other travel.
Photo 13/33   |   2001 Ford F-250 4x4Tom PalmerDeerpark, WashingtonLeaving the Power Stroke and six-speed transmission alone, Tom added a Tag axle to help tow his 24-foot trailer full of sleds, sled dogs, and an ATV to dog races in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Alaska. We really like the moose/elk grille guard.

Photo 14/33   |   2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HDJamie HangePerkasie, PennsylvaniaPacking a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with 360 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, an Allison six-speed auto/manual transmission, no modifications are necessary. And being a stonemason, Jamie needs a rig that can haul and work as hard as he does.
Photo 15/33   |   1999 Jeep CherokeeAaron and Stacy MosserLindenhurst, New YorkThis daily driver is used on all the family road trips. The engine got a K&N air filter to help it breathe, a vented hood with electric fan, and a 4.5-inch Black Mountain lift kit, so clearance isn't an issue.

Photo 16/33   |   2003 Dodge 3500 Ram C-TDRichard and Gloria ZavalaKirkland, Quebec, CanadaThe Zavalas use this rig to tow their 20-foot car hauler, but it's primarily for show. They nicknamed it J-Lo, presumably because of the great looks, not because it has a big bed out back.
Photo 17/33   |   2006 Chevrolet Colorado Crew CabTom MortonNewburgh, IndianaThis ride is completely stock. Starting with a standard Colorado, this one has been outfitted with the Xtreme package: 18-inch wheels, front and rear body-color bumper fascias, matching ground effects, and wheel flares.

Photo 18/33   |   2003 Ford F-750Doc SpencerAntigo, WisconsinThis little big rig has a 3126 Cat engine mated to an automatic transmission and uses Air Ride suspension. The box has been shortened and mounted, which makes delivering heavy truck parts a breeze for Mr. Spencer.
Photo 19/33   |   2003 Jeep Wrangler RubiconElov AndersonChesterfield, VirginiaNothing on this ride has been left unchanged. The engine has a Borla cat-back with Borla headers, 62mm throttle body, K&N filter, and an ARB Safari snorkel. This rig also got a one-inch M.O.R.E. body lift, 4.5-inch Rubicon Express suspension (modified so all control arms and track bars are adjustable), Rubicon Express monotube shocks, and Skid Row engine and steering box skidplates.

Photo 20/33   |   1993 Ford SVT LightningKen WahlThornton, ColoradoThis ride has been modified from the ground up--nothing has been left untouched. The engine has a ton of go-fast goodies, runs low 13s at over 110 mph, while the interior, suspension, and exterior have all be customized to match what's under the hood.
Photo 21/33   |   1962 Dodge W100 Power WagonRobbie BrownPaso Robles, CaliforniaRunning a stock drivetrain and suspension, this stepside has been changed to a sweptside with a spray-in bedliner. A factory winch hangs out front with a stock Dana 44 and Dana 60 getting the power to the road. Robbie's next step: adding more power.

Photo 22/33   |   2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner front View
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
Steve Vernon
Greensboro, North Carolina

While it looks stock, Steve's put the pep in this Toyota's step by adding a turbo exhaust system and K&N Air Charger kit. A front aluminum skidplate, bronze fender flares, and off-road graphics help set it apart from the rest.


Photo 23/33   |   1941 VolkswagenRichard BoutinTallahassee, FloridaFabricated by KoobleKarWerkes from original plans and specs, this WWII-vintage rig was used primarily as an airfield service truck. With an air-cooled flat-four, this ride gets 30 mpg on its trips to the building supply center.
Photo 24/33   |   1956 Ford F-100William BatteBrookline, New Hampshire This rig has 60,000 original miles and serves as the logo for the 200-year-old Brookline Village Store in Brookline, New Hampshire. This truck is driven daily six months out of the year and is the workhorse for the Village Store, where it jumpstarts customers' stalled vehicles, removes trash, and participates in parades.

Photo 25/33   |   1995 Dodge Ram 2500Randy GayCanada Giving the 5.9-liter Cummins extra power, an Airaid intake, four-inch exhaust, and a new fuel plate have been added. Rancho suspension and Firestone Ride Rite airbags improve the ride and stance. How much do you get for crop-dusting your neighbors' yards?
Photo 26/33   |   2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500Rick BowersPhoenix, ArizonaTo get more go out of the 6.0-liter, an Airaid cold-air intake, FlowMaster dual exhaust, and HyperTech computer programmer have been added. The Silverado also received a six-inch ProComp lift, and Boyd Coddington wheels shod with 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains.

Photo 27/33   |   2005 Ford F-150 LariatTed ZagnoliBeverly Hills, FloridaAn Airaid cold-air intake and MagnaFlow exhaust are all the drivetrain gets. However, the exterior receives custom graphics by Chris Cruz, 18-inch Mazzi wheels, stainless upper/lower grilles, Euro taillights, and an Extang tonneau cover to complete the custom look.
Photo 28/33   |   1976 Ford F-250 DustinLagos, NigeriaMaking this a truly international field, this big red rig has a bit of everything--including an aftermarket A/C on the roof and the special light package as well as custom candy paint.

Photo 29/33   |   2001 Ford Excursion LimitedTom GinzGuilford, ConnecticutWhile the engine and transmission are stock, an external transmission cooler/filler has been added along with a Turbo Temp monitor for idle cooldowns. This rig hasn't seen rain or wet in over two years, even though it's used to haul a 24-foot Sea Ray.
Photo 30/33   |   1999 F-250 Super Cab V-10 & 2000 Excursion V-10Eric Chad SmithGreenwood, South CarolinaThe Excursion (hers) has a flip-down DVD player with four wireless headsets and Game Cube connections for those long trips pulling a 30-foot toy hauler/camper. The F-250 (his) has a 400-watt system with Polk Audio speakers, Flowmaster dual exhaust, and an Extang bed cover. Both came from the factory with transmission coolers and 4.30:1 gear ratios ready to pull about anything.

Photo 31/33   |   2004 Ford F-150 SuperCab LariatChuck LowitzTucson, ArizonaThis custom daily driver has been completely personalized. An Airaid intake system, NASCAR 20-inch wheels, billet grille and door handle covers, stainless panels and steps, Pioneer nav/DVD/CD player, and a host of other modifications make this one clean machine.
Photo 32/33   |   2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended CabRobert ForilloGlendale Heights, IllinoisThe engine and transmission have been left stock, and the truck came with a trailer package, but a set of Timbren AEON Rubber Springs front and rear were added to help the Chevrolet when at work, play, or off-roading.

Photo 33/33   |   2005 Chevrolet Silverado Vho 1500 front View
2005 Chevrolet Silverado VHO 1500
Dennis Haines
Brick, New Jersey

Don't let the subtle good looks fool you: This black beauty is a real beast. Packing--get this--430 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque, this monster runs under 13 seconds in the quarter at over 104 mph. He even sent the dyno chart and time slips to prove it.

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