Truckin's Top 10 is reserved for the best of the best. As you will see, these are not trucks that have appeared on the covers of the past year. Obviously, the cover trucks were some of the best trucks in the country, hence their spot on the acclaimed cover. We decided to instead give the owners of the rest of the trucks a fighting chance. So here they are, the Top 10 trucks of 2010.
1996 Chevy Silverado
Andy Gulick - Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona residents are used to the heat of the desert, so Andy Gulick, of Phoenix, wanted something that would make people sweat even more. Starting with a stock 1996 Chevy Silverado, Andy started by dropping it to the deck using Belltech drop spindles, Firestone 'bags all the way around, an Ekstensive two-link out back, and bolted on SSBC rotors with polished calipers. From there he added 22-inch Bonspeed Clutch billet wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. To spice things up even more, he bolted on an Escalade front clip with a heavily massaged '03 Yukon front bumper. Andy then added Chevy Malibu door handles and a Sir Michael's rear roll pan. To finish things off, he had his custom Chevy covered head to toe in Lexus LS460 silver paint. The inside sports '99 Tahoe bucket seats, a custom floating center console, four JL audio 13-inch subs, three Alumapro components, and a Pioneer receiver. Andy, great job and congrats!
1957 Chevy Truck
Rodger Lee - Bakersfield, California
Rodger Lee's black '57 Chevy is just about as custom as they come. The dual tube chassis incorporates Corvette C6 front spindles, and upper and lower control arms. Out back, the rear suspension was fabricated with the Shockwaves laid horizontally and cantilevered with rods mounted vertically. Ridetech 'bags and Chris Alston Varishocks soften the ride, while a set of Wilwood 14-inch rotors and six piston calipers bring this sled to a halt. Up front, an LS2 stroker connected to a Tremec T-56 six-speed manual transmission provide the ponies to get up and go. To show off the engine, a forward-tilt hood was installed with actuators. Inside, lipstick red leather is offset with a black painted dash and billet accessories. With everything said and done, it's no wonder this truck made into our Top 10.
1965 Chevy C10
Mike Dillon - Welcome, North Carolina
Mike Dillon is no stranger to racing. Being the general manager of Richard Childress Racing gave Mike the motivation to build a truck that was show-ready, but also very much race-ready. Starting with a Jim Myer's racing chassis, Mike had Street Customs and Restorations install the GM Performance Parts Ram Jet 502 backed by a Tremec five-speed. A custom intake with dual air filters helps this dragon get fresh air. With all that power, huge Brembo brakes and six-piston calipers were needed to harness the Chevy. For rolling stock, Mike chose Foose Nitrous Legend wheels enveloped with BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW rubber. Sherwin Williams black paint is broken up with a red 3/4 molding stripe. With Second Skin insulation and Dynamat laid down on the inside, you're sure to have a nice and quiet ride. A set of Finishline-built seats wrapped in black and red leather and Simpson racing harnesses give the driver and passenger a true race feel.
1967 Chevy C10
Richard Hammer - Viking, Alberta, Canada
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Richard Hammer gave us the opportunity to check out his '67 Chevy C10 at the 2009 SEMA show. With a fully boxed and polished frame, Mustang II spindles, Slam Specialties 'bags, Belltech Nitro drop shocks, and a custom three-link with a wishbone, the term custom suspension fully applies. The body had to be sectioned, chopped, and dropped 9 inches to make it sit as low as possible. A Chevy 383ci small-block puts out 432 hp to a B&M 4L60 transmission that pushes the Billet Specialties wheels and General tires along the Canadian soil. The engine features AFR 195cc polished heads, an Eagle Specialties rotating assembly, Crane cam roller rockers, and a Comp camshaft. With an interior as custom as the exterior and the whole truck soaked in House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl, this sure is an attention grabber.