Last year, we dedicated an entire issue, including the Readers' Rides section, to the brave men and women who are proudly serving our country. We were bombarded with submissions, and although we were able to squeeze just a small portion of the photos into that issue, we would like to take this time to showcase even more rides belonging to members of the Armed Forces. Thank you all for your selfless service.
Beyond The Sea
Jose A. Macias Jr., a proud member of the U.S. Navy, sent us some photos of his '94 Chevy Silverado that he bought brand-new with his first bonus check. Lloyd Bazmen applied the wild paint, and Auto Envy installed the full air-ride system. A set of 22-inch Rich Evans wheels was slapped on and fit the styling of Jose's Silverado perfectly. Inside the cab, Jose wired up five Rockford Fosgate amps to power four Alpine 12s, four Kicker 10s, two sets of Alpine components, and four 4x6-inch plate speakers for a truly deafening sound signal. Jose plans on switching up his doors to full on Lambo mode, and making a few sheetmetal adjustments inside of the bed this year. Keep up the good work!
RIDE OF THE MONTH
Ford In Flames
U.S. Army E-4 Specialist, Corey Griffin, is the proud owner of this hot '99 Ford F-150. When he's not hard at work, he has managed to drop his truck 2/4, and bolt on a set of 22-inch Liquid Metal wheels covered in 305/45R22 Falken skins. Twisted Tees airbrush studio then went to work applying the toxic looking green flames that run almost the entire length of the body. Honda Civic seats have taken residence inside the cab, as well as two 15-inch subwoofers. This truck has been in the Griffin family for quite some time now as Corey's grandfather made the initial purchase before handing it down to his father. We're glad to see that the 'ol Ford is in good, caring hands, and with the type of TLC it has received so far, it will certainly live a fruitful existence on the road.
Mad About Trucks
Sgt. Rob Jones is a truck guy, no doubt about it. When the time came to hook up his '05 Ford F-150 Supercab, he took it to the place where countless high profile feature trucks end up at—Ekstensive Metalworks, in Houston. While there, Rob’s truck was stock-floor body-dropped, and had a new frame built from the control arms back. The rear features a two-link setup with ‘bags on the bars, and a one-off fuel cell was constructed for the ultimate in performance and fit. From start to finish, the whole suspension process took two months, and every now and then, Rob would cruise over to the shop in his ‘bagged Dodge Dakota to check in on the progress. See? We told you Rob eats, sleeps, and dreams custom trucks. Future plans include getting a full audio system built by Brass Customs, in Killeen, Texas, and throwing sparks all over Texas.
U.S. Army Specialist Forrest Stapp's '03 Chevy Silverado definitely makes its presence known when driving around the Ft. Hood base. Forrest has made the initial commitment to owning a full-blown custom truck by installing a 6-inch Superlift kit with a 3-inch body lift for added height. To get the truck rolling and looking right, a set of 16-inch Helo wheels and 315/75R16 rubber come together for unbelievable performance both on and off-road. A few more modifications in the way of a billet grille, chrome door handles, a Pioneer head unit, and Infinity speakers add a dash of both style and luxury.
In The Navy
Roy Wragth, an active duty member of the Navy stationed in sunny San Diego, California, recently bought an '08 Chevy Silverado, which he has decked out with 26x10-inch Dub Bomber wheels, a billet grille, and chrome door handles and mirrors. Roy even dropped his Bow Tie a modest, but noticeable, one-inch in the front and three in the rear to level out the ride height for a street-ready appearance. Roy tells us that custom trucks are his passion, pride, and joy, and that he has been a loyal Truckin' subscriber for six years now. Thank you for your support, and deeper appreciation goes out to you for your brave service.
Ready For Action
Pfc. Branson Gilley is currently stationed in Iraq, but he admits that he'd rather be at home working on his '03 Chevy Silverado. When he's at home, Branson tells us that he spends countless hours in the garage tinkering away. It certainly appears that he knows what he's doing, as his red hot Silverado has been dropped with a McGaughy's 3-4 kit, sits on 22-inch Ultra Wheels, and sports a clean Street Scene SS front bumper and Cal-Vu mirrors. Branson has filled the cab with as much billet as possible, and has had his dash 'glassed and painted for the ultimate finishing touch. Thanks for taking the time to send in your photo, Branson, and please email back with updated photos of your truck's latest mods.
Flyin' Bow Tie
Robert LaJuett, is spending a little time at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, in North Carolina, but he is just itching to get back home to continue upgrading his '08 Chevy Silverado. So far, Robert has installed a BDS 6-inch lift kit and 11/2 –inch spacers for a total of 71/2 inches of run-stuff-over ride height. A set of 20-inch Ballistic Jester wheels and 35-inch Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains seal the deal in making Robert's ride a legitimately hardcore hauler. For additional strength, a K&N cold air intake, dual Flowmaster 40s, and 4.56 Yukon gears have come together to get the wheels turning with serious authority. Robert's future plans include Bushwacker fender flares, a Baja-style spare tire mount in the bed, and blacking out every last bit of chrome on his Silverado's surface.
Spc. Stephen Westby sent in this photo of his '01 Ford F-150 5.4L, and although its not as customized as he would like to see just yet, he has been able to throw an AEM intake under the hood, bolt on a T-Rex billet grille, and Anzo USA halo headlights and LED taillights. Stephen spent 15 months in Iraq, and is now stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which works out nice for him since he’s a native of the Bluegrass State. Stephen plans on spending more time and money on his F-150, and we're sure his truck will continue to improve. Keep us updated Stephen.
A Truckin' Kind of Family
Darrell Reilly sent us a few images of his brother-in-law, Ryan Manzi's '08 Toyota Tundra. Ryan is a 1st Sergeant in the Air Force as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician, and he is a certified custom truck freak. Darrell took quick action to our call for soldier's rides on our Facebook page since Ryan is currently serving a six-month tour in Afghanistan. When Ryan returns home this September, we're sure he won't waste any time before further customizing his rig. As for now, Darrell and his wife, Nichole, are taking good care of Ryan's Tundra, and will have it ready to cruise just as soon as their brother returns.
Long Distance Wrenching
U.S. Army soldier, William Thomas Whiteside II, was currently deployed to Northern Iraq, but he still keeps close tabs on his '02 Ford F-250 4x4 Power Stroke when he's not at home. So far, he has lifted his diesel rig 12 inches, and rolls on 20-inch West Coast Choppers Black Widow wheels and 40-inch Toyo rubber. William hooked up a Superchips power programmer, cold air intake, and a 4-inch exhaust system for even better performance. William's ride is currently on a waiting list for fresh paint, and a complete interior overhaul back home, so when he returns late in the summer, his truck will be ready to rock.
One For The Team
David Mettler, from Apple Valley, California, is not presently an active member of the Armed Forces, but he did proudly serve his country as a United States Army Ranger. As a homage to the brave men and women still serving everywhere, David built this '96 Ford F-350 4WD as tough and rugged as each and every member of our Armed Forces. So far, David has lifted the rig 6 inches, and conducted a 3-inch body lift for towering results. A set of 20-inch American Racing wheels and 37-inch Nitto Terra Grappler rubber round out the suspension mods, and the next step was to apply custom graphics, which were sprayed by Fine Designs in Hesperia. Of course, the list of modifications could go on for pages more, but David would like to put things in perspective, and turn the attention to our troops who deserve our prayers and support. Thank you, David, for your amazing project and message.