It is that time of year again, people are spending thousands of dollars on presents, the weather is getting cooler, and Truckin magazine has researched and created the Top 10 trucks of the past year. These are the best of the best, aside from cover trucks. We do not include cover trucks because those are obviously the best trucks throughout the year, hence the coveted spot on the cover. As you will see, there isn't a clear-cut winner—that is up to you. Scroll down and vote for your favorite truck. You can also vote for your favorite cover truck from 2012. The following trucks are not listed in a ranking format, rather from the issue they appeared in. If you think we forgot a truck or want to voice your opinion, send an email to email@example.com.
Tony Laughlin • Pasadena, Texas
2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD • Issue 1
Twenty-one-year-old Tony Laughlin is the young up-and-comer that owns this Sierra. The truck rides high on a massive 18-inch 3rd Coast Suspension lift kit installed by B-n-C Off Road, with custom-painted 22x14 Fuel wheels wrapped in 40x15.50R22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires. The coolest thing about this truck is by far the paint, which was done by Czar Zamora of Master Mind Designs. Helping the Duramax engine churn out even more horsepower is a PPE Hot Shot II tuner, 5-inch RBP exhaust, and S&B Filters intake. This big lifted truck definitely earned its spot in our Top 10.
Ray Corn • Houston, Texas
1951 Ford F-1 • Issue 2
Not a body style that you see often, this F-1 was done right with a TCI Mustang II front suspension and a four-link in the rear. QA1 coilovers on all four corners help to soften any bumps in the road. Filling the Ford's fenders is a set of 18x8 and 20x15-inch Intro Twisted Matrix wheels shod in Mickey Thompson rubber. Rather than leave the original Flathead under the hood, Ray switched it out for a Ram Jet-injected 502ci big-block. Before Alamo Customs sprayed the body in Candy Brandywine paint, the cab was chopped 2-3/4 inches, custom roll pans were made, and every body gap was fit to perfection. It is pretty obvious why this truck is in the list.
Mike Godat • St. Peter's, Missouri
2002 Chevrolet Silverado • Issue 5
After buying the truck new in 2002, it took Mike eight years to finish his truck. The first thing he did was bolt on a Ridetech airbag suspension with StrongArms and Cool Ride setup in the front and four-link with Air Bar out back. This slammed the Chevy over a set of Dropstars DS-02 wheels mounted in 295/30R24 Toyo Proxes ST-II tires. Being the owner of a paint and body shop, Mike decided to spruce up the nose with a complete 2012 Escalade Platinum front clip. After shaving the body and installing Caddy taillights, the body was two-toned with DuPont Molten Orange Candy over Starry Night and separated by a Candy Apple Red tribal graphic. Moving inside, the Cadillac theme continues with an Escalade dash cluster and steering wheel. The factory Silverado seats were reshaped and covered in grey and orange leather. Between the seats resides a fiberglass center console that leads into a fiberglass dash, all paint-matched to the exterior. The headliner features orange suede and custom cut mirrors. At this point the only thing untouched was the engine compartment. This received more paint and chrome that makes the area clean enough to eat off of.
Nick Weber • Yardville, New Jersey
1946 Chevy Pickup • Issue 5
The second classic truck in our lineup is this immaculate '46 Chevy riding on a custom frame, Mustang II front suspension, and a four-link with a Panhard bar. For a slammed stance, Nick used Ridetech Shockwaves. To finish off the rolling chassis, a set of Billet Specialties Draft wheels were wrapped in Nitto Invo tires and bolted on. Sitting under the hood of this 67-year-old Bow Tie is a 540ci Merlin III big-block. To give the truck a meaner profile, Nick took two inches out of the roofline, stretched the cab 3 inches, pancaked and pie-cut the roof 1-1/2 inches, and converted the hood to a one-piece reverse-opening style. With the truck prepped, it was sprayed with a BASF GM Spice Red and Black two-tone. Rather than let his truck sit, Nick drives the piss out of it and enjoys the sound of the .600 lift cam.