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One For Dad
Ernie Harvey inherited his father's '97 Ford F-150, which had already been slightly customized, but it was about to be revamped in 'ol dad's honor. Ernie swapped in an '06 Expedition front clip and added a Cervini's body kit, custom paint, leather interior, and a slammed 4/6 drop. Future plans include a supercharger and airbags, but Ernie just bought a brand-new Dodge Ram, and he swears up and down that his dad’s truck will always come first.
We featured Jeremy Penland's last truck in the Readers Rides section in Volume 35 Number 5, and we were impressed with his dropped '07 GMC Sierra back then. Since that issue hit newsstands, he has traded it in for this '09 GMC Sierra 4WD. He stuck with the same sleek, black appearance, but the 7-inch Fabtech lift kit, 20-inch Ballistic Hostile wheels, and 35-inch Toyo Open Country treads assure that Jeremy's truck can't be compared to his last hauler. Jeremy also has a 1.5-inch Zone Offroad body lift kit waiting around to be installed, so if you think his truck is bad now, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Sinful In Silver
Anthony Yount has been working on his '69 Chevy shortbed for about five years now. Well, it was actually considered 'finished' before, but the parking brake gave out while it was parked on a hill. Needless to say, the truck sailed down the grade and was pretty much totaled as it slammed into anything and everything on its way down. Now on its second custom wind, Anthony's truck now sports an LS1 engine with a 4L60E tranny, a full air-ride suspension, and 20-inch Foose Legend wheels wrapped in Nitto rubber. The list of modifications that has been made to this truck is quite extensive, but just know that Anthony built a classic hauler that is simply gorgeous from every angle imaginable.
Pretty In Purple
Maynard Clay Morris hails from Alaska, and his '05 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is a regular snow beast. The powerful 8.1L engine has been enhanced with a Borla dual exhaust and a high-flow intake system. In the looks department, Maynard's truck now boasts a Maxx Cam three-inch leveling kit, 18-inch MotoMetal wheels, BFG tires, and a custom Plum Crazy colored paintjob complete with ghost flames. There's no chance of missing this truck while cruising around The Last Frontier.
Ian Hazeltine, from Tuscon, Arizona, always wanted to lower a Chevy Colorado, and he finally had the chance when he purchased and dropped his '07 model with a Belltech 3-4 kit. Since Ian loves to trek into the mountains and off-road trails of Southern Arizona, he couldn't very well do that in his lowered Bow Tie, so he got himself a slightly modified '72 Ford F-250. The 4-inch lift, 16-inch wheels covered in Hankook tires, and wonderfully maintained original paint, make for a successful combination. Ian certainly is a luck guy.
Aaron Leff's Dodge Ram Sport has been dropped with a Ground Force 2/4 lowering kit (recently transformed from its 5/7 stance for better drivability), and is sitting on a fresh set of 22-inch Eagle Alloy wheels wrapped in 305/45R22 Toyo Proxes. Inside the cab is a 7-inch flip out monitor, two Kicker CVR 12-inch subs in a custom enclosure, 1,000-watt Sony amp, JBL tweeters, and Pioneer fullrange speakers in the door panels. Aaron is from Dallas, Texas, where custom trucks are nothing to be taken lightly, which is exactly why he has decked out his ride with tremendously clean style.
George Reinstadtler, from Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania, has built a beauty of a '69 C10. It received a '67 front clip transplant, and has been given a stellar two-tone paintjob by Mike Sanner of Sanner's Auto Body, and the moldings have been airbrushed by Ron Rich of Creator Customs. The suspension has been dropped with the help of a 3-inch front and 4-inch rear drop kit, and a set of 20-inch Panther wheels set the new stance off perfectly. Custom front and rear roll pans, a steel cowl hood, and one-piece windows help attract double-takes all day long, while Dakota Digital gauges, a chrome tilt steering wheel and custom seats provide George with a comfy in-cab driving experience.