The Year Was 2002, And The Custom Truck Scene Was At An All-time High. Parts Were Flying Off Of Shelves, Shops And The Economy Were Thriving, And Truck Magazines Were Literally Busting At The Seams. Ah, The Good Ol’ Days. In June Of 2002, A Pair Of Breathtaking Trucks Graced Our Cover And Sparked A Revolution In The World Of Monster-lifted Trucks. Built By Doug DeBerti, A Gearhead And Owner Of Mega-manufacturer Trenz, The ’02 Excursion Was Heavily Modified, And Featured A Classy Paint Scheme, Incredible Billet Parts (an Easy Task For Trenz), And Attention To Detail That Really Took The Custom Truck World By Storm. Matching The Lifted Ford With Similar Colors, The Lowered 2000 Silverado, Owned By Steve Bowden, Is A Truck That We Can Still Appreciate Today Because It Combined The Best Aspects Of A Show Truck, With The Performance Of A Muscle Machine.
Bolting on a 5/7 DJM kit to a Chevy was nothing new, but Steve made sure to apply his own style to the Silverado by way of a Trenz 3-D billet flame grille, MagnaCharger supercharger, and tons of billet interior accessories from Trenz. Twenty and twenty-two-inch Colorado Custom billet wheels looked right at home on the fullsize, and with Nitto tires on all four corners, Steve could really push his truck to its limits.
In preparation for the 2001 SEMA show, Doug DeBerti gave the green light to a project that would turn heads with the best of them. Not one for having an average ride, Doug went big in every area. A one-off, custom-built suspension with Firestone semi-truck airbags was constructed and incorporated massive solid-billet trailing arms that were laser cut in the shape of flames. Polished, chrome, and powercoated components were everywhere underneath the truck, which easily cleared 44-inch Super Swamper tires mounted to 16.5-inch Weld Crusher wheels. A Steve Bowden-sprayed two-tone paintjob featured wispy flames, along with, no surprise here, a Trenz billet grille, and Doug even went as far as laser cutting Ford oval taillights into the rear barn doors. Inside the massive family hauler, billet accessories from Trenz were found throughout, and taking things to the next level, two 20-inch monitors on swivel arms play DVDs and games from a PlayStation 2. We told you it was a trendsetter.
Still fresh in our memories after nearly a decade, these two trucks were at the top of their game and really showed the full spectrum of customization from lowered performance trucks to monster-lifted beasts.