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Jeff Davis of Calabasas, California, is the owner of this gorgeous '10 Ford F-150 Platinum. Black paint and black tint makes this black beauty stand out from the crowd. Custom painted 24-inch Lexani wheels to match the turn signals, makes this thing pop when rolling or when it's parked. Even the Ford Blue Oval and badge are murdered out. Watch out people of Calabasas, Jeff Davis is rumbling through the streets and doesn't care who takes notice. Thanks for sharing Jeff!
Be ye warned, this van will blow yer mind. Phil Martin is the proud owner of this nautical themed '78 Dodge B100 Van. From bow to stern, and starboard to port, this "ship" begs for attention. The custom pinstriping and a mural of a sailor in a ship's wheel on the side add a nice finishing touch to the sea of blue paint. The inside is all wood lined with as many custom touches as Phil could fit. At shows, Phil even decorates the outside to look like a dock. "Nautique" is definitely Phil's pride and joy. This ride brings van enthusiasts and sailors together like nothing before. Thanks Phil.
Father And Daughter
Wasilla, Alaska, is the perfect place for Robert Lingenfelter's lifted '03 Ford F-350 XLT Sport. With its 368hp 6.0L PowerStroke Diesel and 6-inch SkyJacker lift, "FloridaStroker" can tackle some pretty tough terrain. Air travels freely through the K&N intake, Banks intercooler, and 4-inch exhaust. A Banks Six-Gun programmer also helps to bump up the HP when in a bind. Underneath, 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler M/T's mounted on 18-inch KMC XD Hoss rims keep this trailblazer rolling. A special shout out to Robert's daughter, Mia, who "doesn't like to ride in anything other than daddy's monster truck." Have fun and be safe you two.
Teenage Heart Throb
Seventeen is a rough age for many people. But Jacob Smith of Alaska has made the most out of it. In 2009, Jacob bought a '00 Ford F-150 and is working as much as he can to invest money into his truck to make it a ride that his classmates will drool over. Starting with aftermarket LED taillights and a matching third brake light, he soon followed that up with a set of LED halo projector headlights. After the harsh Alaskan winter had subsided, Jacob threw on a set of Eagle alloy wheels covered in Cooper Zeon LTZ tires. To make this truck sound even better, Jacob installed a dual Flowmaster after-cat exhaust and two 10-inch MTX subs behind the seats. Now people hear him coming before they see him. Jacob, good start man, let us know how your future projects come along.
Kentucky native, Jason Litner, sent us pictures of his '05 Ford F-150 STX 4x4. This sweet little thing is a retired North Carolina search and rescue vehicle. Since then, it has been built up to be a daily driver that Jason can be proud of. The 4.6L engine was given a little bit of breathing room with a Flowmaster exhaust and K&N cold-air intake. Jason also installed an Edge Evolution Power programmer to help unleash the animal under the hood. The wheels are 20-inch Cattivos with Nitto rubber. The windows have all been blacked out, including the windshield. While Jason is driving to and from work, he enjoys his premium audio from his Kenwood in-dash video screen, 10-inch JL Audio subwoofers, MB Quartz mids and highs, and Total Audio and Alpine amps. Jason tells us that he has a suspension lift and 35-inch tires in the works. Thanks Jason, for sharing your baby with us.
Army Staff Sergeant Boyd Smith, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, has decided that during his time off, he is going to work on customizing just about everything on his '06 GMC Canyon Z71. This beast rides high on 35-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers and 18-inch Gear wheels. It's lifted front and rear and has 1 1/2-inch wheel spacers to fit the monster tires. Along with the modified suspension, Boyd has added custom headlights and taillights, removed all the stock badges and tinted the windows to make this monster even more menacing. The interior is crisp, clean, and super custom with leather and ostrich seats, custom fiberglass center console, and bumping sound system. The tunes are made possible by an Alpine Audio head unit, Kicker sub, Planet Audio amp, and Polk Audio components. With even more modifications coming, Boyd is sure to have a truck that will make his fellow soldiers jealous. Keep up the good work Boyd and thanks for your service!
RIDE OF THE MONTH
All 'Wound Up'
Most little boys dream of someday owning a life-sized version of their favorite Hot Wheel. Well, Jason Bouchard has made that dream a reality. Ok, so maybe he didn't model this truck after a Hot Wheel but it might as well be. His '87 Chevy shortbed pickup was recently given a new lease on life with the addition of a 427 Chevy big-block, a GM 400 tranny, and 12-bolt posi rearend with 3:73 gears. With all this power, Jason needed some heavy-duty brakes to bring his rig to a halt. So, he added 14-inch Wilwood disc brakes all the way around, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear. After all this wrenching, he had the truck dyno'd and it came in at 408 hp and 478 lb-ft of torque. Don't even think about asking Jason how much he will sell his truck for because he says he will never get rid of it. Jason wanted to say a special thank you to Chris Torchalla for all his time. Congrats on the truck Jason, it is definitely something to be proud of.