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.
Love at First Sight
One day Tommy Romo of San Antonio, Texas, was cruising along the freeway when an '01 GMC Sierra pickup caught his attention. The truck, with its bright-yellow paint, hypnotized Tommy. He knew right then that he had to purchase this beauty. He began upgrades right away. American Racing wheels and Continental tires were installed first. A billet grille for the front, nerf bars, and a Hellwig rear sway bar were added in order to catch someone else's attention, just like it did with Tommy. He is very satisfied with the purchase, but he believes there is plenty of potential to make it look and run even better.
This '00 Ford F-150 is still under construction, but Larry Schow of Torrance, California, has further upgraded it since the last time we featured his truck in Readers' Rides. He added an Innovations fiberglass lid, projector headlights, and removed the Lariat and F-150 badges. The front of the truck was lowered 2 inches and the back was lowered 4 inches. Still not satisfied, Larry will send us another picture as soon as the supercharger and other exterior additions are added. An artist's work is never truly finished, is it?
Nicknamed La Bonita for obvious reasons, this beautiful '01 Chevy S-10 owned by Agustin Gonzalez of Anaheim, California, sits in front of his warm California home basking in all of its beauty in the sun. La Bonita features a 3/4 drop and rides on 17-inch chrome wheels. To break up the monotonous, mellow, SoCal lifestyle, a dual exhaust was installed to let out a little steam. The stock grille was replaced with a chrome grille, and a custom bedcover was also added. This is one lucky truck.
Even though he is not new to the show scene, this is the first truck Tim Deborde of Elkin, North Carolina, has decided to trick out. Being used to show cars, this is definitely new territory. The '94 Ford Ranger's first modification was a 4-inch lift with steering stabilizer, followed by the addition of Weld Racing Mountain Crusher wheels and new tires. The interior of the truck has leather and fabric on the door panels, a center console, painted aluminum door inserts, molded carpet mats, and a chrome fire extinguisher. Being the good dad he is, he sold the show winner to his son after his first grandchild was born.
All Rolled Into One
Here is yet another relaxed California pickup, this one residing in the heart of the agricultural mecca, Modesto, California. Steven M. Lederle is the proud owner of this '01 Chevy Silverado extra cab pickup. Steven first modified the truck by installing a Tahoe grille, then added a custom billet Bow Tie insert. The moldings on the sides were changed to GMC chrome moldings, and before the final rear airbag install was performed, Steven installed a 2/3 DJM drop.
When Ricky Spaulding of Port Orange, Florida, purchased this ghost-white '00 Ford Ranger, he had no idea it would become a three-year project. As you can see, the front bumper, lower valance, wipers, and arms were all painted white, and a white fiberglass SnugTop tonneau was installed. With the Euro taillights, sport mirrors, and a roll pan, Ricky can now float around Florida like an apparition stalking its former owner. The interior includes 2,670 watts of Clarion sound pumping out of Clarion mids, highs, and two 1,000-watt Infinity Reference 10-inch subs. Future plans to ensure this Casper gets noticed include a 7-inch Clarion screen, a DVD player, and more amps. Earplugs anyone?
For Kevin Crouch of Jackson, Tennessee, purchasing his '97 Chevy Silverado was the first step in building a 4WD show truck. To start out, he had the frame sandblasted, painted Victory Red, and had Modern Image Signworks add yellow tribal flames. Many parts, including the Vortec engine, were painted and chromed. A K&N air filter was installed, and an AIRAID throttle-body spacer was also added for performance enhancement. Katzkin-covered seats add an upscale feel to the Silverado.
Joe Marsh of Summerville, South Carolina, owns this bronze '96 Chevy Silverado. This daily driver is equipped with a Vortec 350 modified with a K&N intake with a JET power programmer. The transmission has been upgraded with a B&M Shift Improver Kit. To complete his top-of-the-line Silverado, Joe upholstered the interior in leather with wood trim and power seats. His next move is to add a medal-winning sound system.
Lady In Red
Nicole Tuccino of Scottsdale, Arizona, roams the streets in her 6-inch lifted Ford F-150. The truck cruises on Weld Racing wheels wrapped by 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler rubber. For entertainment, the truck is equipped with a Rockford Fosgate sound system. Six shocks and one stabilizer in the front smooth out the roughest trails. Nicole plans on upgrading her truck in the future with a new paintjob. Will she be the lady in blue soon?
Jose Garcia of Berwyn, Illinois, was tired of being looked down upon while driving his VW beetle, so when he saw this '01 Ford F-150 Lightning, he saw it as an opportunity to look down on other people while driving - literally. After driving it a bit, he decided he wanted people to look up to the truck, so he added a few upgrades. First, he installed a Volant cool-air intake that added 13 hp, then he added a Flowmaster exhaust system. Now, Jose is on a roll and plans on upgrading with a Power tonneau and a Clarion CD/DVD system. We're already looking up to you, Jose.
Trouble In Paradise
Even though Dean Nadeaw of New Britain, Connecticut, had some trouble with his '02 Dodge Ram 1500, he still had enough faith in the truck to continue trying to upgrade it and submit it to us. The truck rolls on 23-inch Teton Kruz wheels wrapped by Toyo Proxes rubber. A 7-inch Clarion DVD player was installed along with two 7-inch screens that his son can't get enough of. In the future, Dean hopes to upgrade it more and to keep it out of the shop.
At 16, Matt Bush bought a basic, hard-working, daily driven '84 1/2-ton Chevy C10. Six years later, it has become the race truck he always dreamed of. His list of modifications may be the longest list we've ever received. Just a few of these include a 4-1/2-inch drop in the front and 5-inch drop in the rear, a phantom grille, chrome wheels, street-racing rubber, an Edelbrock Performer intake, and a custom-painted engine compartment. And that's just the exterior. Interior mods include a 13-inch chrome steering wheel, a Pioneer CD player pushed by a 600-watt Kenwood amp, and Camaro bucket seats. The truck's consistent 8.8s in the 1/8-mile run helped him to win first place for the whole street class in his home town. We're sure there will be more to come, Matt.