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Tomas Gomes, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, doesn't take custom vehicles lightly, as anybody can plainly see. His '55 Chevy is actually sitting on top of a '76 Blazer frame, which had to be lengthened six inches in the wheelbase to correctly accommodate the classic Chevy. The Chevy still maintains its stock suspension height -well, that is if you don't count the 5-inch body lift. A set of 15-inch Mickey Thompson wheels and 33-inch Interco Super Swamper tires add an outlaw edge to Tomas' truck.
Building On Inspiration
Ron Oatsvall, from Galien, Michigan, has been reading and studying Truckin' for years and in that time he finally decided to build a custom truck of his very own. His '96 Chevy Silverado 1500 had been lowered 5/7 with Belltech components, upgraded with 20-inch Motto wheels, and cleaned up with shaved door handles. Ron didn't stop there, however, as he fit a Land Rover front end kit into place and ditched his stock hood for a 2 1/2-inch cowl number. Great work Ron!
Josh Webb loves working on his truck, and it shows. Josh just slapped on a fresh set of 17-inch Moto Metal 951 series wheels and Pro Comp Xtreme A/T tires that will let Josh fly whether the truck is on a paved highway or an off-road trail. An Extreme Dimensions fiberglass hood has been color-matched and adds a touch of toughness to Josh's '05 Ford F-150. Future plans include a Roushcharger, 6-inch lift, custom interior, and even more go-fast goodies. Josh said the only thing that is keeping him from owning the truck of his dreams is money. Yeah, we can all agree with you about that Josh.
Chris Boudreau has found an obsessive passion for working on his '01 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner. He has just installed a set of QA1 coilovers in the front, but plans on custom-fabricating a four-link setup in the rear before the summer ends. A set of 18x9 1/2-inch Stern, hyper-black ST-7 wheels have been dipped in Continental rubber, which will make for a killer combo underneath the upcoming suspension system. Keep up the great work and keep us posted Chris.
Dually owners are a special breed, especially those who love to drag the hell out of their trucks like Carl Pyeatt, from Sweetwater, Oklahoma. His '99 GMC Crew Cab is riding on Contitech 2600 'bags, features a rear two-link, and is set up for 22-inch wheels. Carl has also rid his dually of its door and tailgate handles, antenna, and anything else that was fit to shave. Inside the cab, Boa constrictor skin smothers the dash and trim pieces and a B.A.D. steering wheel has been added, which has also been covered in snake skin. Carl is currently shopping for a new roll pan since he lost the one he had during his last dragging session -now that's how we like to see dualies being driven!
Tar Heel Dodge
Andrew Jones, from Mount Airy, North Carolina, is an incurable truck fiend. His '04 Dodge Ram 1500 has just received an interior overhaul in the way of leather seats with suede inserts and an audio/video system that features two DVD headrest monitors and two Rockford Fosgate P1 subs that have been neatly stashed away in an enclosure underneath the rear seats. A pair of projector headlights, black LED taillights, and the halo foglights that have been tucked behind the grille certainly make for an interesting lighting combination. A Flowmaster 40-series exhaust system and a cold air intake place Andrew's Ram at peak performance while venturing out onto the open roads.
Andrew Olivero, from Crockett, California, has just started working on his truck and we feel he is off to a great start. Andrew loves to read Truckin' and he gets many ideas from our tech pieces and feature articles. So far, Andrew has lowered his '05 Chevy Silverado 2/4 with a DJM drop kit and slapped on a set of 20-inch Centerline wheels and Falken rubber, which spin in front of performance cross-drilled rotors. A 7-inch Panasonic receiver gives Andrew control of the chest-pounding audio signal, which is delivered through two JL subs and a 1,000-watt Kenwood amp.
John Hopper, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, admits that his favorite part of each issue of Truckin' is the section you are reading this very second. John just loves to see what the average Joe is doing to his truck, and he was anxious to see his own hauler in the magazine. John must be having a blast while cruising his lifted GMC around since it is more than capable of mobbing down paved roads and off-road terrain. Thanks for reading, John.