We've been planning for 2011 for quite a while. We hashed over ideas for new recurring articles, new project trucks to build, and new ways to haze our new Associate Editor, Max Matthewson. We'll tell you about the hotel balcony, rope and cinder block later. For now, all you need to focus on are the project trucks. We'll keep bringing you Fantastic Fours every month for the basic improvements that you can make to your completely stock truck, but there's a lot more to customizing a truck than that, so we'll be showing you how shops all across the country are building show-stopping customs. Here's just a sample of what you can look forward to:

Vehicle: 2010 Suzuki Equator
Shop/Owner: Suzuki North America
Location: Brea, California

Our Project Drift King strutted its stuff at our inaugural Throwdown, so you'll see what it can do in this issue, and we'll show you how it came to be in the next few issues of Truckin'. From custom spindles and a four-link, to the Stillen supercharger and paint by Steve Vandemon, you'll see what it takes to breathe life and horsepower into a stock truck and turn it into a drifting machine.

Vehicle: 2006 Chevy Silverado
Shop/Owner: C.J. Silvey
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

You may have seen this rendering in our SEMA preview, where we debuted the Belltech 5/7-dropped regular cab, but what you didn't know is that we'll be bringing you the build as well. Looking good with Street Scene bodywork, a T-Rex grille, and a Leer tonneau, the engine of this Silverado wasn't ignored either. We'll show you how Magnaflow and Superchips brought out the truck's hidden potential. See the first part of the build in issue 3.

Vehicle: 2008 Chevy Tahoe
Shop/Owner: Andrew Adams
Location: Tyler, Texas

Thanks to Exstensive Metalworks, this Tahoe is set to tower over the masses with a Fox-coilover-equipped 8-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift and 35-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers mounted to BMF Novakane wheels (check out the install on page 114) . Performance boosts to the 5.3L V-8 will come from an AEM exhaust, Corsa exhaust, and an Edge CTS programmer, while audio upgrades will come from JL Audio. A custom vinyl wrap from FLX Paint and a T-Rex X-Metal grille will be the finishing touches to the exterior.

Vehicle: 1999 Ford Lightning
Shop/Owner: Truckin' Magazine
Location: Irvine, California

After languishing around our office for years, we finally decided to do something with our Lightning. We recently showed you how South County Auto Body in Lake Forest, California, bolted on an Expedition front clip with parts from LMC truck, which completely transformed the look. We also added a fleetside bed to fool unsuspecting Ford lovers and to show off the cleaner lines. We've got Nitto Tires and Street Scene on board; the question mark here is the choice of wheels. Whatever we pick, it's got to match the Aston Martin Casino Royale paint we've got waiting in the wings. No photo can do that color justice; you've got to see it in person!

Rendering Coming Soon

Vehicle: 1989 Chevy C1500
Shop/Owner: Truckin' Magazine
Location: Irvine, California

We can't overemphasize the impact that '88-'98 Chevrolet and GMC trucks had in the custom truck industry. For this build we're going to put ourselves in the reader's shoes and do our best to illustrate an off-the-shelf build that will transform our sorry-looking but strong-running truck into a fun daily driver. The engine and interior are both question marks, but we've got some ideas. Feel free to lend us your suggestions. Sorry for the lack of a photo, but we're waiting for the rendering and we wanted you to know that we haven't forgotten about the '88-'98 GM trucks.

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Vehicle: 2000 Chevy Silverado
Shop/Owner: Truckin' Magazine
Location: Irvine, California

This truck is the perfect project, an extended cab shortbed with a 4.3L V-6, it's creeping up on 300,000 miles and it looks like it. The interior is not bad, but it's a hideous shade of brown and had some "interesting" repairs done. Overall, it's a solid foundation for a build and representative of a 10-year-old truck. Nothing on this truck is set in stone; it might get static dropped, 'bagged, or lifted, depending on which day of the week you ask the owner. We welcome suggestions for this truck as well. To send us your ideas, email max.matthewson@sorc.com Check out the rendering of this truck in an upcoming issue.