Issue 4 Chris and Selena Couto
Canyon Country, California
'63 Chevy C10

This truck may look like a shiny black show truck with big wheels, but there is more to it than on the surface. Chris and Selena Couto from Canyon Country, California, spent five years building their '63 Chevy C10 project. To start, a pair of Belltech 2½-inch drop spindles was sandwiched between the upper and lower control arms, while two ContiTech 2600 airbags were teamed up with Rancho 9000 shocks to take care of the front suspension. A four-bar and Watts linkage was used for the rear suspension that supports the GM 12-bolt rearend. To complete the suspension modifications, the C10 rolls on a set of chrome 22-inch Detata Siphon wheels that are wrapped in Kumho 265/35R22 rubber. A Chevy 350ci small-block was built and dropped into the truck and a rebuilt 700-R4 automatic transmission was used to transmit gear changes to the rearend. Now that the drivetrain was built and good to go, Grant Kustoms handled the bodywork. The lower half of the truck was reskinned and the cab and bed were welded together. A pair of ‘60 Chevy Impala front and rear bumpers was frenched into the front valance and rear roll pan. To continue the transformation, the stock bed floor was cut out and relaid with a step to cover the large step notch of the rear framerails. Finally, the truck was doused in DuPont Black paint and cleared for an ever-wet appearance. The original bench seat was replaced with a 60/40-split seat from a '98 Tahoe that was covered in two-tone beige and tan microfiber.

Issue 5 Troy Anderson
Sacramento, California
'97 GMC Sierra

This truck is from Andreson Bros Paint and Body owner, Troy Anderson. To start this '97 GMC, a back half for the chassis was made using mandrel-bent rectangular tubing for the notch and round DOM tubing for the bridge. The rear axle rides on a wishboned three-link with Firestone 'bags. The front suspension uses matching Firestone 'bags, drop spindles, and a tubbed firewall to drop the frame on 22-inch Boyd Coddington Timeless II wheels. The tailgate was completely shaved and a roll pan was installed that wraps the body line around the rear of the truck before the taillights were filled in and replaced with thin, vertical Cadillac lights. Then the entire bed was moved forward 1½ inches to close the gap between the cab. On the cab itself, the seams were shaved along with the door handles and third brake light, which was replaced with a flush-mounted LED. The Sierra front clip was unbolted in favor of 2000 Yukon Denali sheetmetal that was filled with a Street Scene speed grille and capped off with an '03 Sierra bumper. After priming and block-sanding the body, several coats of Corvette Bright Blue were sprayed before it was layered in orange-tipped yellow flames and pinstriping. The interior of the Sierra features body-matched dash and door plastics as well as a full-length center console that mounts the Arc Audio subwoofer and amp. Subtle two-tone leather upholstery and fresh gray carpet round out the rest of the accommodations.

Issue 5 Norm Couturier
Fredricton, NB, Canada
'03 Dodge Ram 1500

Norm Couturier made a personal challenge to build the ultimate high-end custom show truck. In his words, “I wanted a truck that could stand in the company of anything out on the West Coast.” Starting with a '03 Ram Quad Cab, Norm removed all of the original crossmembers, C-notched the factory framerails, and fabricated a triangulated four-link. Up front, McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles were machined to accommodate the massive 15-inch six-piston Brembo big brakes. The end result to all of the suspension mods was a 5-inch drop for the nose and an 8-inch drop in the rear. For wheels Norm ordered 22-inch Budnik Hammer billet wheels for his Ram. Under the SRT-10 fiberglass hood lies a 392ci beast of a Mopar engine. Moving to the body, Norm molded the tailgate to the tonneau cover for a unique look. Lifting up the tonneau cover/tailgate reveals a large Lexan window that is cut out of the sheetmetal bed floor and motorizes up to allow suspension access. Norm massaged the metal on the truck that also included shaving the door handles, molding in Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 mirrors to the A-pillars, creating a smooth wiper cowl, welding shut the taillights, and creating inner fenders for the engine bay. Once the last piece was finalized, the truck was coated in DuPont Hot Hues Sinful Cinnamon. Inside the heavily modified doors lies an interior that combines elegance with function. Seats from an '03 Viper were covered in two-tone Ultraleather and were mounted to seven-way power bases.

Issue 8 Shea Walker
Ozark, Arkansas
'00 GMC Sierra

Ozark, Arkansas–native Shea Walker is very familiar with '99 to '02 GM trucks. After building an '02 Silverado, Shea wanted to try his hand at a '00 GMC Sierra. After smoothing the frame, Choppin' Block upper and lower control arms, McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles, and a custom cantilevered two-link with a Panhard bar were installed, making this Sierra sit nice and low. With the rest of the chassis taken care of and the rear axles narrowed a total of three inches, a set of 24x9.5-inch Viscera VSC778 wheels with paint-matched inserts and Kumho Ecsta 275/30R24 tires were installed. Under the hood, Shea had a surprise in store. Where the factory engine once sat, now sits a 5.7L LS1. From here, Shea went to work on the body. Wanting a custom, clean look, Shea opted for a Denali grille with a billet insert and a Denali bumper with a matching billet insert. To keep with the clean look, Shea had the door handles, tailgate, and third brake light shaved. He also replaced the factory taillights with those from an '84 Cadillac Deville. After finishing off the body with a Grant Kustoms Cali Combo rear skin, Shea drenched the whole truck in PPG's Daytona Blue paint. Continuing with the smooth look on the inside, Shea had the factory bucket seats covered in black Katzkin leather and installed black carpet on the floor.