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Back Road Truckin'
Rob Goodwin, from Enfield, New Hampshire, loves the outdoors, which is exactly why his ideal daily driver is a Hemi-equipped Dodge Ram 4WD. The suspension has been given an all-around 41/4-inch lift and beefier wheels and tires were added to make easy work of any unforeseen bumps in the road. Even if Rob notices a big dip in the road ahead, he seems like the type of guy to take them on full speed ahead. We're sure if you live anywhere near Enfield, you'll be seeing Rob zipping by no matter if you're waiting at a stoplight or exploring off the beaten path.
Ray Dunlap, from Weatherford, Texas is only 21 years old but that didn't stop him from working his tail off in order to build himself one great looking daily driver. His '01 GMC Sierra 1500 HD was treated to a 6-inch Pro Comp lift kit and a 3-inch body lift to ensure that it's head and shoulders over most other vehicles on the road. To better suit it's altered stance, a set of 20-inch ICCE wheels and 35-inch Toyo Mud Terrain tires were combined and slipped onto the Sierra's hubs. Now that the GMC was standing tall, Ray knew that color matching a set of tow-mirrors and Escalade door handles would help improve its already devastating charm.
Chad Clopp's '04 Ford F-150 is sporting some serious style and the first thing we noticed was its nod to clean, old school aesthetics. The suspension was brought down just a bit and the 20-inch Centerline Smoothie wheels helped erase as much fender gap as possible. Now that Chad's truck was sitting at a sporty, static height, the matter of having the truck take on a more detailed hot-rod appearance was now the task at hand. Since Chad is not one for plain or over the top paint schemes, he decided that a simple two-tone white and gray mixture would do the trick. The orange dividing stripe proved to add just the right amount of color to the Ford's new wardrobe. Street Scene sport mirrors, an aftermarket cowl-induction hood, and classic billet grille inserts all came together to make Chad's truck one of the most sanitary rides we've seen in a while.
Anthony Wright is a nineteen-year-old, die-hard minitrucker from Vermont and this is his '98 Chevy S-10. The standard cab dime has been dropped six inches all around for a great-looking ride height. The 18-inch Dub Dirty Dog wheel and Toyo tire selection proves to fit this truck nicely. The exterior has been sprayed with Toyota metallic green paint and features full custom airbrushing all over. The Street Scene front bumper, projector headlights, and the rear fire and ice LED light bar round out the rest of this mini Bow Tie's modification list.
That's exactly how Cory Allen's license plate reads on his '05 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. The import hauler has been lifted three inches with EZ Lift products and now sits on a set of 17x9-inch Moto Metal 909 wheels and LT 305/65R17 BFG rubber. Cory has also bolted on a K&N air filter for better engine breathing and a 300-liter custom gas tank now brings enough extra fuel along to keep the excitement going even longer. Cory lives in Alberta, Canada, and he says that there are lots of back roads and off-road trails that lead to beautiful riverside camping grounds. Sounds like, Cory gets a great deal of use from his cool Taco.
Big Easy Cruisin'
Yep, that is one clean '04 Dodge Ram Big Horn edition, and yes, that is world famous Bourbon Street, in New Orleans underneath its 26-inch Bentchi B7 rollers. Jason Raines is the lucky owner of this nicely styled ride, and since the days of trying to keep the truck as stock as possible are over, he dropped it with a 2/4 Eibach lowering kit and had a custom, two-tone paint scheme sprayed. An SRT-10 hood has also been thrown into the mix and the tailgate handle was deleted for the sake of a smoother appearance. The interior has been filled with a full-blown audio system and the door panels and a few dash pieces were smoothed and painted to match the exterior paint. Sounds to us like we found our next Ride of the Month! Great work, Jason.
Tony Bowen runs Artistic Creations, a custom fabrication shop in Lakewood, Washington, and this old school '75 Chevy pickup is just one of his creations. The truck features a handmade tailgate, spider web grille, fender skirts, gas lid, window cranks, steering wheel, and too many more parts to list here. The taillights are frenched-in '53 Bel Air turn signals, which add a truly eclectic quality to the self-proclaimed rat king. The 454ci big-block has been candy painted, and so have the wheels for that matter. To give the truck a sporty stance, Tony lowered its suspension 7/5 since he still wanted to ride around with a hot-rod style rake. Tony handled all the fabrication in-house, so if you're in his area, stop by to see if he can make some of his rat rod modifications to your ride.
Chevy on the Move
Eric Butler's attractive '04 Chevy Silverado is a perfect example of what can be done with a not-so-huge budget and a positive, can-do attitude. The truck has been dropped courtesy of a 5/7 DJM lowering kit and to top off the low-rollin' suspension, a set of 22-inch wheels were bolted onto each corner. Both the headlight and foglight housings have been filled with true HID lighting and the interior has been wired with two 10-inch Kicker subs. Future plans include a complete color change and totally reupholstered interior—sounds like a great plan to us.
Flaming Bow Tie
Jim Grace, from Fallon, Nevada, is very proud of his '78 Chevy C10, and for very good reason too. The 350ci engine has been equipped with an Edelbrock RPM cam, a Holley carb, a high-rise aluminum intake, and a set of headers to increase the amount of hp and torque. A 17- and 18-inch Foose Nitrous 5 wheel combo wrapped in Nitto rubber serve as great pavement shredding material. The two-tone velour-covered interior has been given a few upgrades in the way of a Billet Specialties flame steering wheel and a rearview mirror to match. Hand pinstriped blue flames let others on the road know that Jim is dead serious about his all-American muscle truck.
Drive It Like You Stole It
And that's pretty much what Kevin Boavida, from Westpost, Massachusetts, did since he bought his '04 Chevy Colorado ZQ8 for the price of a base model four-banger. The car salesman at the Chevy dealership didn't even notice that the sticker information didn't match the truck it was attached to. Luckily for Kevin, he knew exactly what the situation was, but he didn't say a word. Is that so dishonest? Maybe, but we cannot say one way or another what we'd do in a situation like this. Oh, who are we kidding? Times are tough, who would seriously pass up a steal like that? And on top of that, it's kind of like sticking one to the man, which us little guys rarely get a chance to do. Since driving it off the lot, Kevin has dropped his Colorado 3 inches in the front and 4 in the back, and has given the appearance a change for the better with a set of 20-inch American Racing RT-5 wheels. With so many mods already taken care of and many more on the way, Kevin is surely getting the most bang for his buck.