Issue 8 Javi Cantu
Del Rey, California
'97 Ford F-150

Javi Cantu didn't want to build just another truck when he started on his '97 F-150. So he set out to break the mold with his project. To get this Blue Oval to lay out, Javi used a wishboned three-link out back and arms and spindles up front. Javi then had the rearend cut down a total of 9 inches and converted the rear drum brakes to Wilwood discs. Finally, a set of 24-inch Intro Vista II wheels and Kumho Ecsta tires was strapped. A clean shave of the body included the taillights, third brake light, door handles, gas filler door, and rear bumper. A sheetmetal bed was fabricated and welded in and an '04 Navigator front clip was installed up front. To finish off the body, several coats of House of Kolor Razberry Pearl were laid down, followed by the hot rod–style flames with white over the base, HoK Victory Red over the white, and HoK Red Mini Flake. Each lick was then outlined in pinstripes. Always liking the look of classic car and truck dashboards, Javi pulled the dash from a 1963 Ford Galaxie and modified it to fit into his truck. On the inside, the headliner is covered in suede and the seats are adorned in dove leather with burgundy inserts. Custom door panels, silver carpet, and a custom center console and sub box finish off the stylish looks of Javi's truck.

Issue 10 Darrell Chambers
Redding, California
'40 Ford ½-ton

Drawn to the wild custom Downs '40 Ford pickups, Darrell Chambers and his wife Sandy from Redding, California, purchased this truck from Jim Downs himself. Underneath the modified Downs body is a boxed frame that features a Heidts independent front suspension with 2-inch drop spindles, coilover shocks, a power steering rack, a pair of Wilwood dual-piston clippers, and 10½-inch rotors. For a stylish rolling stock, a pair of Boyd Coddington Impulse 17x7-inch polished billet aluminum wheels are consumed in 215/50R17 Goodyear Eagle tires. The rear suspension also features a high-performance Heidts Pro G independent rear suspension. Peeking through the hood is a BDS bug catcher that is mounted atop a pair of Edlebrock Q-Jet carburetors. Opening the hood exposes the BDS 6-71 supercharger that force-feeds the mighty Chevy 355ci powerplant producing 600 hp. On the body, Downs used House of Kolor Metallic Midnight Blue for the top half with wispy Cobalt Blue ghost flames. The lower portion received HoK Metallic Silver. Both colors were separated with a HoK Orange graphic line surrounded with HoK Red pinstripes. Chevron-style taillights were installed in the rear fenders and up front, a modified '40 Ford horizontal grille was flanked by a pair of '40 Ford fenders and headlights. Inside the bed, the beautiful white oak planks were coated with a deep urethane finish and are separated with polished stainless stringers. To follow through with the smooth, clean look, a soft-white pearl Ultraleather headliner, door panels, padded dash, and a pair of low-back bucket seats that are separated with a waterfall center console were installed inside. The engine's vital signs are displayed on the dash in a Dakota Digital gauge panel.

Issue 12 Joshua Brack
Ozark, Missouri
'00 Dodge Dakota

Joshua Brack of Ozark, Missouri, is very proud of his 2000 Dodge Dakota. Starting with the suspension, Josh lowered the front and rear 2 inches for a meaner looking stance. With the suspension taken care of, a set of Intro Pentia 6 wheels were strapped on, 20s in the front and 22s in the back and wrapped in Continental 275/35R20 and 295/30R22 rubber. The factory brakes were then upgraded with Baer cross-drilled and slotted rotors. Moving to the engine, the factory 5.9L has been upgraded with the addition of a Mopar performance cam, M-1 intake manifold, Jet performance chip, Positive Performance headers, and a custom cold-air intake. To the body, Josh added a Cervini's Sniper body kit, euro one-piece headlamps, Anzo carbon euro taillights, and installed a pair of K-6 mirrors with turn signals. He finished off the truck with a SnugTop tonneau cover and a manual, removable sunroof. Josh then had the body painted with airbrushed flames and skulls in PPG's Sunburst Orange over Copper Metallic paint. Inside, the dash has been completely covered in fiberglass then wrapped in vinyl. The pièce de résistance of this truck has to be the audio and video. The head unit for the system is a Kenwood eXcelon KDC-x994. A Memphis Audio equalizer fine-tunes the audio before sending it to the three Memphis amps. They turn around and send the signal to four Memphis 12-inch woofers, Memphis 6-inch components, 6x9s and 4- and 6.5-inch separates. There are a total of 14 mid- and high-range speakers. Throughout the cab and bed are six monitors including a 42-inch LCD in the bed.

Honorable Mention
Issue 10 Karlo Carlos Mission, Texas
'03 Chevy Silverado

All Karlo wanted in life was a regular cab Chevy SS. So he built one. DJM 2-inch drop spindles and a flip kit with 3-inch blocks were used to achieve the proper stance. For more than just a static drop, four Slam Specialties RE-7 'bags and four Toxic shocks were installed on the corners. Karlo then wrapped a set of 22x8½-inch Raceline Deceptives in Fullway 265/30R22 rubber up front and 24x10-inch Deceptives in the rear. Next, all SS parts were installed on the exterior of the truck and it was coated in Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat. Karlo pulled the original camshaft, pushrods, and valvesprings out of the engine and installed a Comp cam, Comp 918 beehive valvesprings, and Comp pushrods. To really get the tires spinning, Karlo installed a two-stage nitrous system with a 100 shot and a 150 shot. Turning his attention to the interior, Karlo continued the SS theme, by installing a pair of front seats from a Silverado SS. Next, he installed gray carpet to accent the black leather seats and black dash. With the chassis, engine, body, and interior taken care of, the last item on the agenda was the sound system. Karlo built a sub box from sheetmetal and welded it onto the back of the cab, in the bed. This allowed room for two 13½-inch JL W7 subwoofers to be installed in the regular cab. JL Audio was also used for the components in the doors, as well as the amplifiers behind the seat.