In preparation for a Readers' Rides extravaganza, we're asking all you, especially those of you who are serving in our military, who have not sent in pictures of your truck, to please send an email to email@example.com. We'll have more rides than ever to check out in an upcoming issue and it's up to you to make sure your pride and joy is among the chosen few. Remember to take high-resolution photos and try to find a good background.
Frank Flores, of McAllen, Texas, loves his '08 Chevy Silverado, and it is ever apparent with this single photo. Within six months of ownership, Frank had Big H Customs lower his brand-new ride 5 inches in the front and 7 at the rear. For now, the stock 20-inch wheels and tires remain intact, but give the guy a break, the truck has only been in his possession for less than a year. Besides, the factory rollers don't look all that bad to begin with. A K&N intake and dual Magnaflow mufflers add a little performance to the Chevy's step. Since Frank is a fan of loud music, he installed two JL Audio W3 subs, two 1,000-watt amps, Alpine speakers, and a Kenwood head unit to deliver concert-like sound quality. Keep us posted on the truck's progress, Frank, we are expecting great things from you.
Far Out Ford
Arjan (Jon) Cami, from Scottsdale, Arizona, has been wrenching on his '02 Ford F-150 since the day he bought it brand-new from the dealership. He owns a shop called Pro Guard Auto, and this super deluxe ride sits front and center inside his showroom. The two-tone paint, replica 22-inch HD wheels, full suede interior, and full JL Audio sound system sets his truck apart from other so-called 'custom' trucks on the streets. Performance upgrades are coming up soon on the horizon, so watch out for Jon zipping down the Arizona highways. Since the truck is a semi-permanent shop fixture, it hardly sees the light of day, but it does get driven a minimum of two days a month. Jon knows that his pride and joy deserves more street time than that, so he plans on taking it to more shows this year. Keep your eyes peeled.
RIDE OF THE MONTH
One Sweet Square
Ryah sent us this teaser image of her boyfriend Blake's '85 GMC that had us desperately seeking a better look. Unfortunately, it is buried in a storage unit, so this is the one and only photo we have on file for now. Under the hood, the 355ci engine has been upgraded with an impressive lineup of performance products, and the 700R4 transmission must make driving this square-body an absolute blast. The motor and trans have roughly 5,000 miles on it since the rebuild, and it puts out nearly 400 hp. The exterior has received lots of fresh metal, and plenty of shaving. The clean, two-tone paintjob was applied in '09, and sets the bar high for other C10s trying to make a statement on the streets. A full 'bag setup featuring two five-gallon tanks, two Viair 450 compressors, and a custom four-link allows the truck to be lifted and laid out atop the 20/22-inch Boss 304 and Toyo Proxes rolling combo. The interior is in better-than-new condition as fresh carpet has been laid, and the plastic trim has been refinished. We wish we could show more of this awesome classic, but based on this single photo and the truck's rap sheet of modifications, we have no choice to crown it with this month's "Ride of the Month" title.
Ok, here is one for the die-hard vanners out there. Mark Griffith sent us a cool shot of his '86 Chevy Astro Van that he has dropped with Belltech suspension products and now rolls on Evo 18-inch chrome wheels. The colorful, custom paint has been applied with an airbrush, so just try to imagine the amount of details that aren't translated through the photograph. We know there are a lot of you out there who are cruising around in fully custom vans, so SEND your photos in!
Phillip Montano, from Van Nuys, California, has been slowly prepping his creepy '07 Toyota Tundra for the limelight. If the downright crazy airbrush work doesn't look familiar, it is based on the film, Jeepers Creepers, which Phillip must be a huge fan of. Either that, or he just likes striking fear into the hearts of children everywhere. Mad Sile of Sile Ink, in North Hollywood, applied the paint, which features some awesome detail work. Big John's, in Valencia, California, dropped the truck 4/6 with McGaughy's spindles, coils, flip kit, and C-notch. A set of black 22-inch Boss Motorsports wheels were added to lend to the truck’s dark, custom appeal.
Can't Beat A Classic
It's not everyday we open an email and see a cool, retro ride, and an owner that is so young and enthusiastic about his truck. Derek Nelson's '57 Chevy is powered by a 350ci Camaro engine, but he would like to see more power, so he is saving some funds for an exhaust system and other go-fast items. Derek didn't give us his exact age, but from what we can tell, he must be a young buck; "When I get into high school, all the babes will dig me 'cause I put the power to the pavement." If you keep your truck clean, and follow through with the new wheels and the red metal flake paint scheme that you told us you wanted, pulling the ladies shouldn't be a problem, buddy!
Mickey Maust's father left him his bone-stock '94 Ford Bronco in 2005, and since then it has received a great assortment of modifications that have turned it into a cool, Florida cruiser. A K&N intake, Hedman headers, a Jet control module, and an Aero performance exhaust kit helped extract 19+ mpg from the 5.0L V-8 powerplant. Mickey also conducted a 3-inch body lift complete with Bilstein shocks, 15x8-inch American Racing rollers, and Goodyear Wrangler 31x10.5 tires. The original paint has held up nicely considering that Mickey's dad exposed it to the harsh West Virginia winters. Even though the Bronco has been relocated to a much more enjoyable climate, Mickey keeps it safe inside his garage.
Madison Bays, from Homestead, Florida, bought her '06 Chevy Silverado two years ago, and since then, she has lifted her rig four inches and slapped on a set of 18-inch Pro Comp wheels and complemented them with 35-inch Pro Comp rubber. Since cab space is valuable to Madison, she crammed a ported sub box behind the rear seats and filled it with two 10-inch Kicker CVTs and wired them up to an 1,800-watt Power Acoustics amp. To round out the sound quality, she also installed a Pioneer head unit, along with a blaring set of mids and highs. Madison tells us that she has been a loyal Truckin' reader for five years now, and that she is currently enrolled in mechanics classes. Gotta love a girl who digs trucks and loves to get her hands dirty.