Gary Coe's '57 Ford F-100 - Oregon - Issue #9 Most guys have a very close, personal relationship with trucks. Maybe Grandpa used to have one out on the ranch, or Dad taught you how to drive a stick in one. Gary remembers riding on the bench seat of his dad's brand new '57 Ford pickup and wanted to recreate that feeling. Only he didn't want the original item; he wanted it to be super-special. Gary turned to Steve's Auto Restorations and let them go wild. A Heidt's Superride II frontend with Heidt's 2-inch dropped spindles and Aldan coilover shocks handle the suspension duties up front, while a four-link rear suspension controls the movement of the Dutchman Ford 9-inch rearend. Under the hood is an impeccably detailed 4.6L DOHC engine out of a '96 Mustang Cobra. The addition of a Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharger and JBA tube headers (with Flowmaster Hush Power II mufflers) boosts the performance just that much more. A tremendous amount of effort went into the bodywork, as the top was chopped, the hood was extended/sectioned/pancaked, and more. Even the doors received enormous attention. It's hard to understand all that was done to this truck, so Gary brings a ratty old '57 with him to the shows as a visual guie.
Aaron Iha's '04 Nissan Titan California - Issue #8 Not everyone starts with a rendering of their dream truck and then forges a path straight ahead to the goal without deviation. No, some guys (like Aaron Iha) end up redoing the paint three times, the suspension three times, and the interior three times. It's not as much indecision as it is inspiration...and perfection. Aaron is handy with tools and machinery and really went after this truck. A custom-fabbed frame is held aloft with Universal Air airbags and Air Zenith compressors. The stock spindles were shortened (don't try this yourself!) and the ball joints flipped to get the ride down into the weeds. Asanti 26-inch wheels use Falken 305/30R26 tires for a wicked appearance. The paint scheme is wild and completely opposite on each side. People who take a lap around the truck always seem to scratch their head. Even the interior is a reflection of the dual personality. Just don't tell Aaron that he couldn't make up his mind.
Jenn Lacy's '91 Chevy S-10 Florida - Issue #10 Some people get all worked up when a girl builds a stellar truck. Heck, we don't care what your genetic workup is; we just like awesome trucks. This one is more than awesome. Jenn fell into the custom truck hobby hard after lowering her daily driver and adding some custom wheels and tires. After that, it was on to a body drop, suicide doors, a one-off interior, and wicked paint. There was no turning back. Scrape-n-Customs went nuts on the body of the truck, filling seams, adding body lines, shaving handles, and more. They even molded the fenders into the cab and rockers and rounded the corners of the doors. Voulsia County Customs is responsible for the insane paint job. The truck is on 'bags, of course, but the attention to detail continued with nickel-plated GC valves and polished stainless steel air lines. You see, it doesn't matter which bathroom you frequent; it's the end result that counts.
Ivan Leatherman's '48 Chevy California - Issue #7 With hour after hour on the road driving a long-haul big rig, you've got lots of time to dream about custom trucks. Ivan did just that and after retiring, set out to build something remarkable. The results speak for themselves. With 2x3-inch rectangular tubing serving as the frame, an Air Ride Technologies four-link pneumatic system allows the Currie rearend housing and massive Mickey Thompson tires to tuck up under the fenders. A TCI IFS front suspension also combines with Air Ride 'bags to lay the running boards on the ground. Power is provided by a 454ci on steroids. A BDS 16:71 blower throws 17 psi of boost into the combustion chambers. The interior is super-sweet thanks to Ron Mangus and a set of Toyota Supra bucket seats. Red leather was the material of choice and it covers just about every square inch. Tuck 'n' roll panels complete the blending of classic and custom.