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.
Flaming Front End
James Nichols, Jr. of Malta, New York, owns this '02 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. James dressed up his Ram with a beautiful custom chrome-flame grille, Hella lights, a hoodscoop, and side steps. The truck has a 5.9L Magnum motor with an automatic transmission, Rancho 5000 shocks all around, and factory chrome wheels.
Eighteen-year-old Clay Garrett of Tyler, Texas, loves Truckin' magazine almost as much as he loves his '01 dropped Chevy. He added a Belltech 2/4 drop, a new bedcover, a Flowmaster dual exhaust, a billet grille, a K&N intake system, air shocks out back, and a red underbody glow kit. In the future, Clay plans on adding tinted windows, 18-inch wheels, and hopefully a Whipple supercharger.
One Of A Kind
Brandon Lincecum of Georgetown, Louisiana, worked four part-time jobs until his final year of high school to finish his truck. To date, the truck has won three First Place trophies and will hopefully win many more. So far, Brandon has added Euro taillights, a third brake light, a K&N Gen II intake, a JET Stage 2 chip, a 180-degree thermostat, and a Flowmaster 40-series exhaust connected to a 2-1/2-inch pipe underneath the roll pan, in addition to a lot of other items. Brandon would like to thank his girlfriend Megan for putting up with him every time he wanted to go work on his truck instead of spending time with her.
Twenty two-year-old Amarillo, Texas, native Austin Collins kicked himself for not sending in a picture of his truck sooner. His '00 Chevy pickup with a 5.3L V-8 has been upgraded with a Poweraid throttle-body spacer, Gibson headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust, and this is just the beginning. He also tried something a bit different - adding an Escalade front clip. The truck is composed of GM parts, as well as both Caddy and Chevy fenders. Austin used a DJM 4/6 drop kit, rolling on 18x9- and 20x10-inch Boze Rotors wrapped by Nitto 555 Extremes. Topping off the bed is a sanded-down flush-mount bedcover.
Bahama Blue Tilt
James Underwood, a student in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, owns this '94 Caribbean Chevrolet S-10. It has a 3/4 drop, a shaved tailgate, and the obvious awesome tilt bed with a jet-black frame. The Chevy cruises on 16-inch Eagle alloys. Other features include a painted gas tank and mirrors on the cab and bottom of the bed. James' plans for the truck include adding bigger rims and an airbagged suspension. We're looking forward to seeing it.
No More Stock
This was the first '01 Ford SuperCrew 4x4 in Chris and Angela Hatchett's Snow Creek, Virginia, area. Chris even knows its delivery date, just like a baby - March 3, 2000. Modifications made on this truck included a Belltech 3/4 drop kit, a Lightning bumper cover, Euro-style lights, polished billet grilles, Mustang-style stripes, chrome 17-inch American Racing wheels, and white-face gauges. On the inside, Chris added Pioneer and Memphis audio, and a Code Alarm with a remote start. Goodbye stock, hello custom.
Big And Tall
Jordan Barnhart of Grand Island, Nebraska, was lucky enough to have a dad who purchased this '84 Toyota pickup for him when he was just 14 years old. He and his dad spent four years of hard work adding a 7-inch Skyjacker suspension lift, shocks, and a 3-inch body lift. Under the hood, they swapped the original four-cylinder for a tuned port injected Chevy small-block, backed by a 700-R4 tranny and a 205 geardrive transfer case. Not only does Jordan want to give a big thank you to Darick's Paint and Body in Grand Island for doing the white pearl with Supersonic-Blue tribal flame paint and bodywork, but he would also like to thank his dad for all the help he gave to finish the truck.
One Fast Little Truck
This '91 Dodge Dakota, modified by Tim Bragg of Cave City, Kentucky, might not look as big as the others, but looks can be deceiving. This truck has a Magnum V-8 5.2L with a five-speed, an XL Super Stock firing system, a K&N air filter with an NOS setup, and a Flowmaster dual exhaust. The truck also has Pacer wheels, Nerf bars, and much more. This is definitely one fast little truck.