Top 10 of 2011
Vote for your favorite (non-cover) truck!
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 from 2011, as the cover trucks were some of the best trucks we featured, 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 ten trucks of 2011. Please vote here for your favorite truck! Think we forgot a truck or would you just like to express your opinion? Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issue 1 R.J. Silva
Las Vegas, Nevada
'91 Chevy 1500
The '88-'98 model years of the Chevy 1500 are very popular trucks for customizing. They can be purchased for a paltry sum and parts for them are plentiful and inexpensive. Because of this, it takes a lot for one to stand out, but R.J. Silva's 1991 version is a definite one-of-a-kind. R.J. started by ripping out the factory suspension in favor of a 'bagged suspension that lets the truck skate on open roads. KRZ control arms, an IF Customs' two-link, and Slam Specialties airbags bring the truck down hard over 22-inch Image Alloy wheels. For a different look on the body, the front clip from a '99 Cadillac Escalade was sectioned, smoothed, and bolted on in place of the factory pieces. A clean shave rounds out the body while AVS LED lightbars were molded into the tailgate skin. After receiving several coats of Jaguar Green paint, it was time to move to the engine. The factory 4.3L engine was replaced with a crate duplicate that also received the chrome and powdercoat treatment. Moving to the interior, R.J. swapped out the factory seats for a set of race-inspired seats that have been wrapped in black leather with dark green accents. Between the seats sits a fiberglass center console that houses two 12-inch Polk Audio subs. The dash has been smoothed and painted to match the truck and an NRC Smoothie billet steering wheel gives an unobstructed view of the Dakota Digital gauges. The rest of the audio consists of a Pioneer head unit, two Polk Momo amps, Polk 6-inch mids, and Polk tweeters. Nicely done R.J.
Issue 2 Dave and Sandy Forman
'56 Ford F-100 and '57 Chevy Cameo
A husband and wife team built this duo of trucks. The first is a '56 Ford F-100 that is more Lincoln than it is Ford. The body is all Effie, while the suspension, interior, and engine are those from a '94 Lincoln Mark VIII. In order to accomplish this feat, every seam on the body had to be welded shut and the running boards were molded and welded to the body and fenders, forever turning this Blue Oval into a unibody. PPG silver paint was sprayed over the whole truck. The engine is a twin-supercharged, DOHC 5.0L V-8 from the donor Lincoln. It receives 14 pounds of boost from the dual Procharger P-1SC superchargers, which is then fed through a Lincoln four-speed automatic transmission to a Lincoln 8.8-inch IRS. The interior is all Lincoln while the bucket seats are from a Ford Explorer. The whole of the suspension, steering, and brakes were used from the donor Lincoln.
The second truck is a '57 Chevy Cameo. The frame on this one has been notched, boxed, and painted before being outfitted with Fatman Fabrication 2-inch drop spindles, custom two-link with Panhard bar, and Firestone 2500 'bags. The rolling stock consists of 19-inch Makaveli Lugiano wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. For the body, a custom grille was filled with mesh grilles and Bow Tie marker lights. The rest of the body was then prepped and sprayed with PPG Dark Shadow Gray paint. The interior is a bit more conventional with the factory dash and bucket seats out of a '00 Chevy Impala that were wrapped in gray and white Ultraleather. A simple audio system was installed and the interior was complete. We saved the best for last, as a Shark Racing Engines 434ci engine was dropped in. This monster V-8, in conjunction with two Turbonetics turbos, pumps out 830 rwhp and 723 lb-ft of torque. Not bad for a small-block.
Issue 3 Steve Hale
Marcy, New York
'56 Ford F-100
Just when we thought we had seen all that could be done to a '56 Ford F-100, Steve Hale of Marcy, New York, built one that sets itself apart from every other F-100. To start the build, Steve used a pair of CPP 2-inch drop spindles and a pair of Airbagit double-convoluted air springs to complete the front suspension. The green machine rolls on a set of Genuine Boyds “Evolution” billet aluminum 17x8-inch wheels that were anodized copper. Next up, a '76 Ford 460ci engine block was bored and had Comp Cams bumpstick and valvetrain components installed onto it. The all-steel F-100 received suicide doors with shaved door handles, and a hydraulic dump action bed with a top hinged, dump truck–style tailgate. A handformed, copper sheetmetal panel was placed behind the monochrome '56 grille. Steve painted his '56 with PPG basecoats and pearls. The PPG copper flip-flop metal flake gave the '56 multiple personalities. To create a clean, nostalgic interior, Steve finished the all-steel dash with Autometer Classic white-faced gauges and fabricated a center console that separates the '75 Monte Carlo bucket seats. He then proceeded to cover the seats and door panels using black and saddle tan leather with tuck 'n' roll inserts and saddle tan piping.