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.
Mark Schmidt purchased this cool '88 Chevy Blazer back in '99, and back then it sported shaved handles and taillights, and its Peterbilt purple and Slate silver paint scheme scream of throwback styling. Since then, Mark has 'bagged his Blazer with 1/2-inch lines, a compressor, and four valves. The work totally set his ride apart for the better from any other "custom" around his home in Butler, Pennsylvania. To finish off the 'bag job, Mark slapped on a set of 18-inch American Racing Torq Thrust IIs and 215/35R18 tires. The rear suspension is still equipped with leaf springs and blocks, and lays frame, but Mark plans to have the rear linked sometime in the next year or so.
RIDE OF THE MONTH
Jason LaSalle's user name on Performancetrucks.net is Midnight Rider, which makes sense looking at his sinister '04 Chevy Silverado. Although the nickname Jason gave to his Silverado isn't as dark as you would think, take our word for it, "Molly" is one bad Bow Tie. Jason quickly swapped out the stock 4.8L engine for a LQ4 6.0L model, which was soon after supercharged. Once that amount of hp lost Jason's interest, he equipped Molly with two Turbonetics twin 62mm turbos and an Aeromotive fuel system that won't leave the motor starving for nutrients. Molly has been lowered with a Belltech 2/4 kit and outfitted with a set of 22-inch black chrome Boss Motorsports 313 wheels.
A Painter's Ride
Scott Sanderson, from North Mankato, Minnesota, has owned his '99 Dodge Dakota since '02, and throughout the years, it has gone through multiple color changes. The Dakota started out as just a boring, red daily driver until Scott applied his trade to its surface. He tried his hand at airbrushing for the first time on a larger scale, and the silver, screaming skull graphics came out great atop the two-tone Nissan Orange Pearl and black. Scott also got around to hooking up a Flowmaster exhaust system with rear side exits, a killer sound system featuring Alpine, MTX, and JL Audio components, and 17-inch Eagle Alloy wheels and Toyo tires. For a change in appearance, a Xenon rear spoiler, a Stillen front bumper cover, and a steel roll pan have been brought in.
Zach Weaver from Hot Springs, Arkansas, has nicknamed his '95 Ford F-150 Flareside 'Bucket', but we think it's actually pretty cool. He has racked up 230,000 miles on it, and he plans to run the engine into the ground before making any real performance upgrades to it. Zach did, however, make time to drop his truck with a DJM 3/5 drop kit complete with I-Beams up front and a flip kit at the rear. To finish up the look, a set of 20s wrapped in 255/35R20 rubber was added, and for cosmetic add-ons, a billet grille, billet antenna, LED headlights, and smoked headlights spruce up the Ford's appearance. The interior has an implanted smoothed and painted dash that Zach pulled from a donor truck, and his future plans for the F-150 include a full air-ride suspension and additional interior work for further custom street cred.
Just Getting Started
Coty Garnett, from Alberta, Canada, has owned his '05 GMC Sierra for five years now, and it's just starting to show some signs of progress. Coty likes the murdered-out look, so he has blacked out as much as possible so far, but plans on making the grille and vents darker in the near future. Twenty-inch Demoda Concept 'Intimidator 2' wheels make a fitting appearance, as do Anzo headlights, taillights, and a third brake light. Coty not only wanted his truck to look mean, but he wanted it to perform like a raging bull, so he bolted on a K&N CAI, Gibson headers and exhaust system, a Jet mass airflow sensor, and a Poweraid throttle-body spacer. Coty doesn't think he'll ever be done with his truck, but he plans on keeping the modifications rolling. He tells us that his GMC will be receiving a supercharger implant next. Nice!
At just 17 years of age, James Hamilton, from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, is showing his true colors, and his great taste for custom trucks. James' father bought and drove this '04 Dodge Ram around until his son acquired his driver's license. In the last year, James has poured as much money and effort into his new truck as possible, but being a full-time student, and working anywhere between 25-30 hours a week, free time isn't always easy to come by. So far, James has been able to install Belltech drop shackles to even out the ride height, and has bolted on a K&N Super 77 CAI, Poweraid throttle-body spacer, and a Superchips Cortex programmer for aggressive performance. Inside the cab, James wired up a Pioneer DEH-4100UB deck, two Pioneer 12s in a custom box that he built from scratch, Infinity 6.5-inch door, and 5.25-inch pillar speakers, and a Legacy 1,600-watt amp to provide the juice. James completed all of the modifications in his driveway, and he has his eyes set on a set of Kabura 22s, and plans to continue to keep on truckin' into the future.