Walking aisles and aisles of custom vehicles at truck shows always gets me thinking about how each one of them started out. Were they babied their whole lives or used as a work truck until they were bought by their current owner? Maybe they were wrecked and left to die in a junkyard before being rescued by some Good Samaritan. Each truck has a different story and this month, we’d like to share with you some of the Truckin magazine builds.

2001 Chevy S10
Editor Dan Ward bought this truck new in 2001 and drove it out to California on his way to start his tenure at Truckin magazine. While it may not have been beat up and destroyed, it made a long journey from 100-percent stock to being on the cover in 2005.

2000 Chevy Silverado
Feature Editor Maxwell Matthewson bought this truck from his dad in 2010. It had been used as a work truck on a farm for the previous five years and was in terrible shape. Luckily in the hands of Truckin magazine it received a healthy dose of custom and was given a second lease on life.

2004 GMC Sierra
Looking for the perfect truck to turn into a high-powered performance truck, Editor Dan finally found the prime candidate. It was in the middle of the Arizona desert, full of sand and dust. After making the five-hour trek home, the transformation began. After a of couple years, and hundreds of man-hours, voila.

2009 Dodge Ram
When the new-body-style Ram came out in 2009, we were one of the first ones to receive one and start customizing it. This truck has seen four different variations, including the way it looks now as Lead Sled.