Schall's Arizona Chevy
Bought new in 1967, used as a tow truck for a few years, and then parked in a desert field until 1994, this '67 Chevy K10 pickup belongs to Albert Schall of Tuscon, Arizona, where it housed its share of pack rats over the years. Albert has installed a 4-inch Rancho suspension lift, dual steering stabilizers, and dual shock kits next to the 33-inch Bronco tires, and he has hopped up the 350 engine with DynoMax headers and Super Flow turbo mufflers.
Stephanic's Maryland Toyota
Thomas Stephanic of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, considers his '95 Toyota Tacoma to be in its toddler years. It has a Doetsch Tech 3-inch body lift, Trail Master 2-inch add-a-leaves, and a Leer bed cap. Thomas proved the functionality of his 4x4 in the record-setting winter of 1996, when he transported hospital staff back and forth to work. Plans for the 4x4's later years include bigger tires, a 4-inch suspension lift, and slight engine modifications.
Decker's Pennsylvania Ranger
Richard Decker of Garrett, Pennsylvania, built his '91 Ford Ranger with profits from harvesting wild fur, and he uses the daily driver for hunting, fishing, camping, and off-roading. Mike and his father completed all the modifications themselves, which include an Exhaust Tech exhaust system, a Summit oil cooler, a Rancho axle truss and skidplate, James Duff shocks, and a Rancho steering stabilizer. A toolbox and a jack are mounted in the bed.
Ugly Truck of the Month
Owned by Cory Thompson of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, this ugly flatbed features a '48 Willys pickup body on a '79 Bronco chassis, a 4-inch body lift, a 3.84-geared Dana 44 in front and a Dana 60 rear, and a beer keg fuel tank. The truck rolls on 38-inch Super Swampers and is powered by a Ford 351W with a hydraulic cam, a Ford four-speed manual transmission, and an NP205 transfer case. Maybe the old saying should be, "Ugly is only skin deep."
Overstreet's Florida Toyota
After purchasing his '95 Toyota Tacoma, Wade Overstreet of Middleburg, Florida, waited a year before sending us photos of it. Maybe he wanted it to look perfect, in which case it was worth the wait. Wade installed a 3-inch suspension lift to fit the 33x10.50R15 BFGoodrich A/Ts mounted on 15x10 Centerline wheels. The engine received a Flowmaster exhaust system, and the interior was completed with a Pioneer CD and EQ, Hi-Phonics amps, and Punch 8-inch subs.
Blanchard's Canada Blazer
Vince Blanchard of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, uses his '82 GMC Jimmy Sierra Classic as a daily driver, but he built it to accommodate all conditions. The 350 engine is outfitted with an Edelbrock Performer manifold, cam, and lifter set; Blackjack headers; and Flowmaster mufflers. A modified TH700-R4 tranny with a B&M Shift Improver Kit and an NP208 transfer case make up the underbelly, and the 4x4 rolls on 33x12.50 Hankook T24 radials.
Menard's Texas Ford
What began as a stock black '77 Ford F-150 was turned into a custom-built mud slinger by Mike Menard of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. It's complete with a 460ci engine that has an Edelbrock Performer intake and a Holley 750 carb. This mean-looking ride rolls on 39x18R15 Mickey Thompsons with 15x14 Eaton wheels under a 9-inch Skyjacker Softride suspension lift, a 3-inch body lift, and custom ladder bars.