Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Rides is a snap - of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: Truckin' Magazine, Readers' Rides, 2100 E. Howell Ave., Ste. 209, Anaheim, CA 92806. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. This can include information about the buildup or any special history the truck has.
Taco Supreme This way cool '95 Toyota Tacoma is the property of Matt Neal from Mesquite, Texas. The Taco features eight Parker 1/2-inch valves, running 1/2-inch airline all around, going straight into slam 'bags. Two Viair 450 compressors keep the two 7-gallon tanks full. A flashy set of 18-inch Rozzi Detentions wrapped in 35-series rubber from Nitto was the ideal choice. The rear of the body was upgraded with the additions of a roll pan from Sir Michaels, Euro taillights, and a Snugtop lid. Up front, Matt put in clear front corners and turn signals with an H-4 headlight conversion kit. A billet grille was added with a billet insert for the lower chrome front valance. For engine performance, a Gibson exhaust was added with a throttle-body spacer from Summit for improved airflow. Bosch Platinum +4 sparkplugs were used with an Optima Yellow Top battery. The sound system is a combination of various companies and hits hard. It has an Alpine head unit, Infinity speakers, and a 12-inch Kenwood Tornado subwoofer running off a 720-watt Jensen amplifier. It also features a 7-inch monitor hooked up to a PS2.
Southern Comfort Picturesque Lake Lanier, Georgia, was the background when this photograph of Jim Brandt's F-150 SuperCrew was taken. Jim is proud to say that he did all of the modifications on the truck after perusing through the pages of Truckin'. He started by adding a few ponies under the hood through better airflow. An AIRAID intake and throttle-body spacer, along with a Flowmaster muffler, was installed. The exterior was made to stand out with clear corners, Diamond clear headlights, APC Euro tails, and a tonneau. For a serious sport truck look, the Ford was lowered 3/4 inches and outfitted with 20-inch Helo Enforcer wheels encircled by Goodyear rubberbands. A Kenwood CD player with Polk speakers powered by an Alpine amplifier provides the tunes.
An F-250 To Brag About This '03 F-250 Lariat is still in the stages of being completed. Charlotte, North Carolina-resident Dan Brag began his project by raising the vehicle to a proper height. To accomplish this, he installed a 2-1/2-inch Rancho lift with frontend BD quad shocks and BD's dual-steering stabilizers. American Racing 16x8-inch wheels wrapped by P315/75R16 Pro Comp LT radials are the chosen rolling stock for the chassis. Dan then added a Stull billet grille with a Warn lightbar mounted by two Hella Rally 4000 lights. For an eloquent look, the leather interior is trimmed with custom wood grain. The final stage of the project will be engine modifications, provided there's enough money to go around.
State II State Cruzin' If you were fortunate enough to attend last year's State-2-State Cruise, you might remember Anthony Rodriguez' '82 Chevy pickup. Anthony's ride sits on 22-inch Boyd Stingray rims encased with aftermarket rubberbands. The tailgate was stripped, replaced with a roll pan, and capped off with a flush tonneau. The nose of the vehicle was upgraded with a paintable front bumper, to better match the custom paintjob. The interior has bucket leather seats with TV monitors in the visors and a PlayStation 2.