Brent Marks • Coral Springs, Florida
2000 Ford F-150 Lightning • Issue 11

Ford SVT's initial try at building trucks was with the Lightning. Brent figured what better platform to build onto but a 360 hp, supercharged speed machine. Even with a factory supercharger, Brent needed more power. The factory Eaton blower was ported and polished and received a smaller pulley, which bumped the boost up to 14 psi. To help the blower breathe, a short ram intake and Dynatech long-tube headers were installed on the 5.4L. This pushed the horsepower output to 430. Next on the list was a better stance. This came by way of DJM upper control arms and Slam Specialties RE-6 'bags in the front. Out back, a KP Components six-link with custom Watt's link and matching RE-6 'bags helps tuck the 22-inch Boyd Coddington wheels. With the truck laid out, paint was the next big step. Brent's Lightning features Toyota Spruce Mica and Lexus Desert Sage Metallic separated by detailed chrome and woodgrain stripes. Finally, the interior received a dose of custom touches as well. The seats were replaced with a bench seat wrapped in rawhide saddle leather. A custom sound system blasts out the tunes as Brent skates down the Florida coast in his slammed SVT.

Brian Fuentes • Oakland, California
1958 Chevrolet Pickup • Issue 13

Talk about a truck that just about every guy drools over; a flat-black '58 Chevy with a 572ci engine. The team at Fesler Built is responsible for this insane pickup. They started by adding custom control arms to the boxed and modified frame, then went on drop spindles and Slam Specialties airbags to provide an adjustable ride. Out back, a simple four-link and another pair of Slam Specialties 'bags slam the rear down. QA1 coilovers and Accuair controls finish off the suspension. Three-piece 20- and 22-inch Fesler wheels were shod in Pirelli P Zero Nero rubber before being bolted on over the 15-inch Baer brakes. Under the forward-tilt hood sits the 572ci engine we spoke of earlier. With that in and bolted down, the body was addressed with nearly everything shaved, a custom roll pan, and a coat of Satin Black paint from DuPont. Finally, the interior could be finished. Recaro seats straddle a custom center console while Dakota Digital gauges fill the dash. Mercedes Benz carpet and custom door panels finish off the interior of this sinister machine. Like we said, most guys would kill for a truck like this.

Honorable Mention

Tim Horn • Shreveport, Louisiana
1954 Ford F-100 • Issue 4

When done right, F-100s can be some of the best-looking trucks on the planet. This happens to be one of them. Riding on a TCI Mustang II front clip and Ridetech four-bar rear gives Horn's F-100 the perfect stance. With that handled, Billet Specialties wheels and Mickey Thompson tires finish off the rolling chassis. Under the hood, Tim had a 520ci engine dropped in and connected to a C6 trans to get the power to the ground. Wanting a hot rod look for his truck, Tim had the body shaved up, chopped the top, suicided the doors, pancaked and pie-cut the hood, and welded in a roll pan. With the body taken care of, it was coated in DuPont Molten Orange and a Psycho Silver base. Moving inside, Oldsmobile seats were cut down and covered in Golden Fawn Ultraleather as was the headliner and custom door panels. The painted dash houses Dakota Digital gauges, billet A/C vents, and the A/C controls. Tim Horn's F-100 fits perfectly onto our list.

Honorable Mention

Joe Robles • Houston, Texas
1997 Chevrolet Tahoe • Issue 8

Joe's Tahoe is slammed to the ground on Belltech drop spindles, a two-link with a Panhard bar, and Slam Specialties 'bags. Joe then capped off the suspension with 20-inch Centerline Retro wheels wrapped in 255/35R20 and 275/35R20 Nitto NT-555 tires. Next, Joe went to work on the body. He had Jerry Valenzuela shave the roof rack, antenna, rear barn door handles, and taillights. The body was then covered in pearl white with Torch Red, Sunrise, Sunset, and Tangelo Orange paint from House of Kolor. The interior matches the hot rod–inspired exterior. Any plastic not painted is covered in red Ultraleather. The seats are wrapped in red tuck-and-roll Ultraleather as well. Billet abounds inside in the form of A/C vents, steering wheels, gauge cluster, door handles, and pedals. Joe's Tahoe is a great way to cap off our Top 10.