2005 Ford F-250
Barbaro Gonzalez - Miami, Florida
Ford F-250s are big from the factory, but they aren't big enough for Barbaro Gonzalez's liking. He wanted massive. So he took his 2005 F-250 to the chopping block. By stretching the chassis 22 inches, Barbaro was able to fit another set of doors into the body. The front and back ride on an airbag-assisted leaf-spring suspension with Rancho shocks. Under the suspension are 24-inch Diesel wheels with 17.5x24 industrial backhoe tires. To finish off the exterior, Barbaro had it painted with PPG red paint. The interior is equally amazing. There are 22 sets of Infinity component speakers throughout the cab, four MTX 15-inch subs, two Soundstream 900.4 amps, four Soundstream 6500 amps, and an Alpine head unit. For entertainment purposes, there are two 16-inch monitors connected to a PlayStation 3. It is quite apparent why this truck made it into our Top 10.
1967 Chevy C10
Howard "Howie" Kendrick - Anaheim, California
Most professional athletes opt to drive new, top-of-the-line luxury cars. But not LA Angels of Anaheim's second baseman Howie Kendrick, he wanted something a bit custom. We praise Howie for going against the grain with his custom '67 C10. Built by Chassis by Aaron, this Denim Blue Pearl beauty is comprised of a custom sheetmetal chassis, body, and interior. Under the hood is a LQ9 6.0L equipped with a MagnaCharger supercharger for plenty of go. The engine has JE pistons and rods, Comp cams, LS6 heads, and Edlebrock headers. The interior is super sweet with a custom light gray leather seat and matching door panels, custom sheetmetal dash, and Autometer gauges. For his listening pleasure, Howie had a Pioneer head unit installed, which is hooked up to a Memphis Audio amp and two Memphis Audio subs. Howie, you've definitely hit a home run with this truck.
Peterbilt Hot Rod Truck
Randy Grubb - Grant's Pass, Oregon
Randy Grubb has been customizing vehicles for a long time, but his current creation has secured him a seat in the Top 10 for 2010. Starting with a V-12 engine and a Peterbilt cab, Randy began his project in a big way. The cab was chopped 5 inches in the rear and 8 inches in front to achieve the necessary rake, and then aluminum was formed and riveted in place, just like the original. Randy liked the original Peterbilt grille, so he left it but first had to section it 10 1/2 inches. The cab sits atop a custom chassis and a suspension grafted from GMC components in the front. The rear is a narrowed Rockwell riding on elliptical leaf springs that sit on bushings on the axle. With handtooled leather-wrapped seats being the only non-bare metal pieces on the inside, completion of the interior was a quick process. For the engine, Randy used a 1974 12v-71 Detroit Diesel engine. "Piss'd Off Pete" is a great example of what a little creativity and elbow grease will get you.
2003 Chevy Silverado
Nick McLemore - Henderson, Nevada
Nick McLemore knew for years that he wanted a tricked-out custom truck, so when he bought his '03 Chevy Silverado he took it straight over to a shop and had them start on it. A solid frame is essential, so a custom 2x3-inch boxed frame was built. Next, a custom suspension was built around the frame consisting of a two-link with a Panhard bar out back and Contitech 'bags on every corner. This new frame and suspension was placed on 22x9 1/2-inch Image Alloy wheels and Continental Sport Trac 265/30R22 rubber. With the help of R.J. Silva of Eye Kandy designs, Nick designed a simple but vibrant two-tone paint scheme with Sherwin Williams Burning Ice and Ballistic Blue paints. A Grant Kustoms skin replaced the tailgate out back, while Cadillac taillights and a Sir Michael's roll pan finished off the rear. A Katzkin leather interior and a custom center console wrap up this masterpiece.