Getting your truck into Readers' Rides is a snap - of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: Truckin' Magazine, Readers' Rides, 2100 E. Howell Ave., Ste. 209, Anaheim, CA 92806. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. This can include information about the buildup or any special history the truck has.
A Smokin' PairMona and Rick Aragon have two newborns to show off to everyone in Potter Valley, California - their '89 Chevy Sportside and '96 S-10 Blazer 4x4. The Sportside has a Flowmaster exhaust, Hypertech chip, and chrome and billet dress-up items. The interior features a JVC head unit with a 12-disc changer and Kicker amps. The paintjob is Brandy Wine with Raspberry and Candy-Yellow flames. The truck is dropped 4 inches and has 17-inch Eagle wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. The Blazer has a Borla Cat-Back exhaust and high-flow air intake. Its sound system is a Pioneer head unit with a six-disc changer and XM radio with MTX amps and subs. The paintjob is burgundy with silver with purple and candy flames.
Trophy-SnatcherKatie McClintock is proud of her boyfriend's '01 Chevy S-10 Extended Cab 4WD, so she decided to send us some pictures and information on the modifications. Daniel Maddox of Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the truck's proud owner. The truck has a 6-inch suspension lift and a 2-inch body lift. It rolls on Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials and American Racing Baja wheels. The interior has a 7-1/2-inch screen, and a PlayStation 2 for entertainment. Daniel is also the proud winner of the Colonial Beach Nationals in Virginia.
Sit 'n' LowThis '02 Chevy S-10 is a work in progress. Owner Troy Lang has made several upgrades since he bought it. The resident of Omaha, Nebraska, started by lowering the truck 3 inches using Belltech drop springs and spindles in the front, while Belltech lowering blocks were used in the rear. The interior has a 5.6-inch screen and white-face gauges. To complete his S-10, Angelo plans on shaving the tailgate handle and adding a carbon-fiber dash kit and a supercharger.
Supa FlyIs it a bird? A plane? A Lamborghini? No, it's Richard Dennis' '01 Ford Expedition. The people of Gardena, California, have to look twice to make sure that what's before their eyes is really an Expedition. Not only does this truck have Lamborghini doors, but Richard modified the paintjob with purple flames to add a certain wow factor. Inside, there are nine screens, a Sony PlayStation 2, and front and rear cameras.
Ghostly SierraThis '03 GMC Sierra belongs to Mitch Doukas of Santa Cruz, California. For Mitch, change is important, so he changed his truck as soon as he bought it. He lowered the rear with Belltech lowering blocks and added some 22-inch Bazo rims wrapped by Nitto tires. Mitch tells us that after only 3,000 miles he got tired of worrying about his 22s, so he bolted on a 7-inch Fabtech lift, a 3-inch body lift, and some 33-inch Super Swamper tires. We're pretty sure we'll see much more to come from Mitch. Change is good.
Red VineJohn Lee loves a challenge, and with experience in rebuilding trucks, this '96 Chevy Silverado is in good hands. The handles were shaved, and a front bumper and phantom grille were added. John used PPG Bright Red as the basecoat with clearcoat for the job, and with the help of John's friend Victor Carmona, the paintjob was finished. Seventeen-inch Center Line Lasers were added and wrapped with Nankang tires. For sound, two 12-inch DEI subwoofers were installed behind the seats, along with a Sony in-dash CD player with a 10-disc changer for entertainment. John tells us he sees a rebuild of a boat, rather than a truck, in his future.
A New BreedNot only is Angelo Woodrow serving our country in the Navy, but he also occasionally takes time out to read Truckin'. Angelo is the owner of this sweet '00 Toyota Tacoma 4x4. The Tacoma was lifted 3 inches and has Fabtech adjustable front coilovers, a custom stainless steel header, a stainless steel exhaust, a K&N air intake, and a JET Performance chip. Once this was all done, the truck was ready for some 24-inch Giovanni Lido rims wrapped by Kumho tires of the P305/35R24 variety. In the interior there is a set of Memphis 10-inch subs with an upgraded Alpine CD player and a white-face gauge kit. The only plan Angelo has for the future is to keep treating his truck as a never-ending project.
CruznloThis '96 Dodge Dakota SLT V-8 is the daily driver for the Carton family of Warren, Vermont. Kathy and Chris Carton are the owners of this beauty, and Kathy says her husband Chris did all the hard work. Chris began by installing an ATI Supercharger with intercooler for more power. The truck rides on 17-inch Center Line wheels wrapped by Nitto rubber. The exterior has Caddy taillights, a Trenz grille, shaved door handles, and painted-to-match air dam and mirrors. For sound, there's a Blaupunkt stereo with a 10-disc changer and 6x9 Audiobahn speakers.
Trick Two-ToneThis '94 Chevy Extra Cab is owned by Greg Hargraves of Ellenton, Georgia. The truck was purchased in 2003, and as soon as the deal was made, Greg began working hard on modifying the Chevy. A Sir Michaels roll pan, clear taillights, and a Trenz billet grille were added first. Soon after, it received a two-tone paintjob, and a Goodmark cowl-induction hood was installed. Not only was it dropped, but 20-inch Boss rims wrapped in Cooper rubber were also installed. With Truckin' as his inspiration, Greg will keep landing new ideas for his truck.
Ram of FireJeff Troxell of Las Vegas is the owner of this fiery Dodge Ram. Jeff installed a Kenne Bell supercharger and Gibson headers, and he flamed out the windshield and side windows. The truck rides on 20-inch Twinspin wheels and has a shaved tailgate. For future add-ons, the interior and audio system will be upgraded for Jeff's listening pleasure.
Lime-Green MachineThis '94 Nissan Hardbody pickup belongs to Bryan Bahr of Topeka, Kansas. As Bryan tells us, he first received the truck in 2000 and began to modify the vehicle right away. First, Sony speakers were installed in the rear and everything from the interior was removed. The interior was changed from gray to jet-black. Then, the truck was dropped 4 inches all the way around using blocks and cranked-down torsion bars. For exterior styling, a set of 15-inch Player Wire wheels were added, and the truck was painted lime-green with a gold clearcoat. A Pioneer DEH 7200 CD player and a Python 650ESP alarm system were the final installation. Thanks to Bob Limke and Schiffelbein Concrete Construction, Bryan will continue to modify his truck even more.
Saved & ShavedAt only 16 years old, Kris Bishop of Ava, Missouri, knows the value of what really makes a truck. Kris saved this '99 Ford F-150 Sport 4x4 from rotting in a local salvage yard, and it took about six months for the truck to be repaired. The outside was changed to look updated, and the grille was changed to an upper and lower chrome piece with corner lights and black Sonar projector headlights. Underhood, the 5.8L V-8 is still stock, with the exception of a Flowmaster 40 Series SI/DO muffler. As for sound, the head unit was replaced with a Pioneer AVX-7300 DVD player, with a 7-inch screen, Infinity Kappa 572.5 door speakers were installed, and two 12-inch Infinity Reference subs were added for some bass, powered by a Lanzar Vibe248 amp