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Ride Of The Month
Tinkering On The Toyota
Adam Popp, from Middleburry, Vermont, has been playing with his newly acquired Toy and is making some great progress. He has fabbed up a fully custom tubular chassis that works its way inside of the cab in the shape of a full roll cage. Adam has incorporated Slam Specialties 'bags and a Viar 450 compressor into his suspension masterpiece. Adam has bolted on a set of 19-inch Racing Hart Evolution wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes tires. The custom gunmetal paint covers the Toyota's 4WD fenders and front bumper, as well as the rest of the truck's smoothed out body. In the interior, Adam has wired up lots of audio goodness in the form of a Clarion head unit, two 12-inch Kicker subs, a Kicker amp, and Infinity mids and highs hooked up to a Kenwood 350-watt power source.
Chevy From Cheboygan
Craig Knaffle loves his '09 Chevy Silverado, especially after he slapped on a 7.5-inch Rough Country Suspension lift kit, a set of 20-inch KMC XD Spy 797 wheels, and 35x12.50R20-sized Nitto Mud Grapplers. Craig has also hooked up a Magnaflow exhaust to help his truck breathe better, but future plans include a throttle-body spacer and a cold air intake. Also next on Craig's agenda is a booming sound system and a tricked out interior. This truck must certainly be an unmistakable sight while parading through the streets and off-road trails of Cheboygan, Michigan.
Austin Family '50
Paul Austin purchased his grandfather's '50 Chevy pickup and has since been trying his hardest to restore his grandfather's once cherished automotive possession. Paul's grandmother thought that $300 was a fair price to ask for the truck, which required a fair amount of work to get it back into pristine condition. After driving the Chevy back and forth to high school and years of daily use, Paul finally dropped off his rolling heirloom to his good friend Barry Wilson to orchestrate the restoration process, which we think came out great!
All In The Family
Donny Ward's father bought this truck brand new back in 1990, and in 2003, Donny seized the opportunity to take it off of his dad's hands. For a sum of $1,400, Donny had a great subject for a new project, which he started by first conducting a 4/6 drop and bolting on a set of 20-inch Mazzi Fury wheels. A shiny front chrome bumper and lots of styling accessories have made their way onto Donny's new ride. Spending less than two grand for a fresh project is a steal, but improving the street credibility of a truck and keeping it in the family is invaluable.
SPC Aron M. Jones, an Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. Navy, loves his job, but he just might love his '00 Ford Lightning a bit more. So far, Aron has lowered his Lightning with Eibach drop springs then bolted on a set of 22-inch wheels for appearance sake. For optimum performance, a Flowmaster exhaust and K&N air intake were thrown into the mix, and the new upper and lower pulleys surely helped as well. Although Aron has seen some of the fastest aircrafts in the U.S. Army's arsenal, his Ford Lightning might give a few of them a run for their money.
A Sergeant's Ride
Sgt. Kyle J. Wright is currently serving his second deployment in Kuwait, which means that he gets his Truckin' issues roughly three weeks later than everyone else. Since Kyle gets to spend more time with back issues, he couldn't help but gather ideas to customize his '06 Ford Explorer XLS. So far, a set of 24-inch Dub Swagger wheels and '07 Eddie Bauer edition front and rear bumpers and door handles have found their way onto his ride. House of Kolor Ice Blue paint was used to create a marble effect down the middle of the hood as well as the rear hatch for a unique touch of style. An Alpine double-din head unit, Rockford Fosgate component speakers, two 12-inch subs, and a RF T10001bd amp greet Kyle with each turn of the key. Congratulations on all the great work and thank you for your service, Kyle!
Woody Woodbeck, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and his father both own Chevy 454 SS trucks-his father's is a '91 and Woody owns a '90. Woody has lowered his hauler 5/7 with DJM drop components, and covered a set of 20-inch Boss 312 wheels with 255/35R20 General Exclaim UHP rubber before mounting them. The already beefy engine was upgraded with an Edelbrock air gap intake manifold, cam and lifters, true roller timing chains and gears, and stainless headers and exhaust system. The list of power modifications is rather extensive and way too long to print here but just know that Woody's truck would dust most stoplight racers without hesitation. If you don't believe us, cruise around, find Woody, and pull up beside him.
This hot little '98 GMC Sonoma has been upgraded with a Suicide Doors bolt-on five-link with 3/8-inch lines and valves, a 12-gallon air tank, and an engine driven compressor. Classic ZQ8 wheels look right at home underneath the Sonoma's fenders, but owner Shane Rushing has had his eyes on a staggered set of 18/20-inch Cragar Classic SS rollers. Other future plans include suicide doors, forward-tilt hood, a custom notch cover, and a totally smoothed out bed. Shane is dedicating the build to the memory of his mother, Jacque Rushing. Good luck, Shane, and keep up the great work!
A Ram Restored
The furious Ilion, New York winter weather did quite a number on Bill Thomes' '95 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD. Just after a few years of ownership, Bill was ready to retire the Ram from its duties as a common work truck and decided to pamper it with a full interior restoration and a shiny blue Dodge Viper GTS paint job. The Ram was lifted using Dodge 3500 diesel front springs and rear 5-inch blocks, and a set of 16x8-inch American Eagle wheels covered in 285/75/R6 BFG All-Terrain tires completes its new and improved stance. The tailgate features a USMC logo that serves as a memorial for Bill's brother-in-law, SGT Shawn Martin, who fell in the line of duty on July 20, 2007.
Robert Medford, from Plano, Illinois, has been working on his '98 Dodge Dakota R/T for six years now and he has done a great job at adding just the right amount of style. A set of 20x10-inch Replica R/T wheels wrapped in Toyo 255/40 front and 295/40/20 rubber make for a perfect fit underneath the brilliant blue R/T. Future plans include more shiny stuff under the hood and tacking on more miles to the odometer.