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Gold Finger Edition
Anthony Pasquale from Boston, Massachusetts, has spent lots of time fixing up his '02 Ford Explorer, which has been affectionately nicknamed "Gold Finger" by Mrs. Pasquale. The 4.6L engine has been rebuilt with a new Cobra crank, high-compression pistons, performance heads and cams, a Typhoon intake and custom short headers. Anthony also has a 175hp shot of nitrous all bottled up and ready to blast off. A set of 20-inch Giovanna wheels and Toyo tires has been bolted onto the Explorer as was a 2/3 suspension drop and vertical opening front doors. Anthony drives his truck everyday during the warmer months, so expect to see it hitting corners around Bean Town just after the spring thaw.
A student's schedule has proven to be the perfect time for starting a custom truck project. Having mornings or afternoons off really helps in getting things done. If you don't believe it, take a look at Donavan James' '03 Chevy S-10. During his off time from the campus of Cal Sate Fresno, Donavan has managed to fully 'bag his truck and fully customize the interior. For sounds, this S-10 has a 12-inch MTX sub and two 12-inch Kicker subs connected to a 7-inch Jensen touch screen head unit. For rolling attire, Donavan selected 20-inch chrome Iroc wheels. We guess Donavan isn't exactly starving if he has the resources to hook his dime up like this!
17-year-old Corey John Burditt has been working on his '70 Dodge D100 relentlessly and has just completed a 413ci engine, which will be dropped in under the hood any time now. Corey's main objective during his build is to raise awareness of the potential of custom, classic Dodge trucks. Hey, we couldn't agree more. With all the gearhead goodies going into the Dodge, Corey will definitely have a head-turning hauler both on the show scene and on the dragstrip as well!
School Of Hard Knocks
How's this for dedication? Jeremy Proffitt, a 19-year-old college student from Annville, Kentucky, chose to attend a community college instead of a university so he could spend more money on his '07 GMC Sierra Denali. Jeremy works three jobs aside from his busy class schedule so he can afford his expensive truck habit. He even works at a custom truck shop, Custom Designs in London, Kentucky, where he pretty much trades his time for parts-not a bad deal. So far, Jeremy has improved the appearance and performance of his truck with custom headlights, taillights, a Corsa sport exhaust system, and 24x10-inch U2 035 wheels wrapped in General Grabber tires. When the truck's warranty expires, Jeremy wants to throw a supercharger and custom leather seats into the mix, which we think are two great ideas!
Ice Cold Chevy
Michael Neil wrote in to us from Ontario, Canada, where the weather is dramatically cooler, to say the least, than our Southern California headquarters. Michael drives his Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 quite a bit during the week, so he gave the truck his personal touch to bring more enjoyment and personal pride to his ride. Michael hits the street in style as his 24-inch Mega wheels and Strata Xeno tires keep the truck rolling while the MagnaFlow dual exhaust system and K&N air filter give off a nice, throaty rumble. To keep his interest while driving long distances during the week, Michael turns up the volume on his JVC 7-inch in-dash head unit, which is hooked up to two 12-inch Alpine subwoofers and a Clarion amplifier. Keep up the good work Michael and keep your beautiful truck out of the snow!
The Green Machine
Joshua Baker, from Stanardsville, Virginia, is a proud member of the U.S. Navy and is currently serving our country in Iraq. Joshua bought his '00 Ford Excursion when he was back in the states almost a year ago and once he got his hands on it, he gave it a 3-inch suspension lift and bolted on a set of Mickey Thompson classic wheels wrapped in 33-inch Pro Comp Xtreme A/T tires. A Westin brushguard with a lightbar equipped with six Westin foglights makes for great lighting while doing a bit of nighttime cruising. New wheels, tires and a 6-inch lift are all plans Joshua intends on taking care of once he arrives at home. Get back safe and thank you for your service Joshua!
Jon Baumgardner, from St. Louis, Missouri, works for General Motors in the Saturn Division-don't worry Jon, we won't hold that whole Saturn thing against you! His '07 Chevy Avalanche LT has just over 10,000 miles on the odometer, is parked in the garage and has only been out in the rain once-now that's the royal treatment, wouldn't you say? A power moonroof, six-disc in-dash changer, and OnStar are just a few of the factory perks that add to the luxurious interior atmosphere. The factory 20-inch wheels were ok for a while, but Jon thought that a set of GM's 22-inch chrome models were a better fit. We agree.
Scott Taylor, from Tuscon, Arizona, is going on his third Blue Oval truck so far. His '06 F-150 SuperCrew is his latest and greatest Ford to date. The 5.4L engine has been given some help via an Airaid intake, an AEM dry-flow air filter and a Flowmaster 50 series exhaust system. Black Rhino Kenya wheels and Yokohama Prada Spec-X tires not only combine to give the F-150 dashing good looks, but great performance as well. The front Carriage Works Monster grille has been personalized by Scott, as he attached a '56 Ford grille emblem to the front of his ride. We told you he was a Ford junkie! Inside the cab, Scott installed a Bluetooth-equipped Pioneer deck and component speakers in the door panels. With a '97 Ranger and '03 F-150 behind him, we're wondering what Scott will be riding in next.