Posts Tagged ‘custom trucks’

Zacatecas II

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Owner: Hector Esquivel; 1998 GMC Yukon; Duarte, CA; Nokturnal

Bringing SUVs to the Next Level With This SIK Showstopper

 

It’s become amazingly tough to standout from the crowd at custom truck shows. Chances are every modification you can think of has already been done in one way or another. The best way to bring your truck or SUV to the next level is create an overall package that combines all of the most radical, imaginative modifications into one clean ride. This is what Hector Esquivel, president of the Los Angeles chapter of Nokturnal, has done with his ‘98 GMC Yukon dubbed Zacatecas II. (more…)

Where Are They Now?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Rediscovering Iconic Trucks for Better or Worse

Ever wonder where a certain iconic truck disappeared to? Maybe it was the truck that got you into the custom truck scene or inspired your own build. The stories are as varied as the trucks themselves: some ended tragically, some end in rebirth. (more…)

Classic Chevy Nose Job

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Installing new Parts up Front From LMC Truck

Since the initial body swap that landed our 1953 Chevy pickup body on an already airbagged 1994 S-10 chassis, we have been spending our free time crossing things off our long list of individual jobs that will get our classic closer to rolling down the road. Last issue we showed you how we installed a wood bed floor, but we did it at a raised elevation to clear our S-10 chassis’ step notch. This month we’re moving up front where we’re installing new bumper brackets, chrome bumper, filler, grille assembly, headlight buckets, headlights and headlight trim rings. (more…)

Fill ‘er Up

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Cure for Ditching Space-Hogging Stock Saddle Tanks on Your Square Body

One major bummer about the 1973-87 GM truck body style is the saddle tanks that sit outside of the frame rails on both sides of the truck just behind the cab. This design has even proved deadly, because the tanks are only protected by the bedside sheet metal and isn’t enough protection in the event of a side impact crash. (more…)

The Leading Edge

Monday, December 5th, 2011

LMC Truck has the Parts to Update 1973-87 C-10 Front Ends to an 1988-91 Blazer/Suburban-Style Nose

Back in 1973, GM designed a pickup body style that was complete departure from the style, underpinnings and overall look of its older 1967-72 brethren. The square body trucks got the fuel tank out of the cab and out from behind the seat, and a leaf spring rear suspension replaced the trailing arms found on 1967-72 trucks. These new squared-off Bow Ties of yesteryear were bought up by the masses and used as daily transportation and work trucks, with more than a few being transformed into mild custom cruisers and show trucks. (more…)

Global Phenomenon

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Australia

Custom Trucks From Around the World

What started in sunny Southern California and other states as a younger extension of the van, hot rod and lowrider scenes has not only become a huge, countrywide phenomenon, but a worldwide culture and scene as well. It’s no secret that countries other than the U.S., such as Canada and Japan, have flourishing truck scenes. You might be surprised to know that people from several other countries are working on custom trucks right now. Take a look at some of these creations from around the globe. (more…)

Get Shorty

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

After

Turning a Crew Cab Long Bed C-10 into a Short Bed

It’s considered by some to be the holy grail of trucks, the crew cab short bed. For years the big car companies only produced crew cab long beds, leaving it up to custom builders to make one of their own. Todd Burton, owner of Lowboy Motorsports, has always wanted a crew cab short bed, and recently, he was presented with the opportunity to do just that. In exchange for some work, he got a ’91 Chevrolet 3/4-ton crew cab long bed truck that needed a little bit of work. He saw his opportunity and decided to go for it. (more…)

Greystone

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Owner: Jason Mulligan; 2007 Chevrolet Silverado; Anaheim Hills, CA; Relaxed Atmosphere

Performance and Luxury Fill This Custom Silverado

Let’s face it, we cannot leave any stock truck alone. It just doesn’t happen—it’s in our blood. The passion to personalize, customize and stand out from the rest is why we do what we do. The creativity, passion and fun make all of the work worthwhile. Since my current daily driver had actually become a show truck, I went in search of a new truck to serve as my workhorse. My truck, Flashback, was having tons of work done to it, including a custom interior and full custom paint. (more…)

Back Alley

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Owner: Mike Partyka Jr.; 1931 Ford Model A Pickup; Fruita, CO

Rust and Grime and Everything Nice

A couple years back we featured Mike Partyka’s previous build, a chopped, sectioned and ‘bagged ’79 Datsun 620 Bulletside in our “Blood, Sweat & Gears” section. The radical mini caught a lot of attention on the show circuit. But Mike has always had a soft spot for old school hardcore hot rod power and looked to build a Model A car or truck. He traded straight across for this ‘31 Ford Model A pickup and set out to build a raw hot rod with plenty of power that everyone could appreciate and enjoy young or old. (more…)

Crazy Bout a Mercury

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Scott & Abby Young; 1964 Mercury M-100; Hickory, NC

600 Horsepower, Exceptional Detail and Classic Style

Everybody has a different reason for building trucks to fit a particular style. For Scott Young of Hickory, North Carolina, the ’64 Mercury M-100 displayed across these pages was built to in Scott’s words, “show with the big boys.” Scott, like many custom truck fanatics, became obsessed with everything with wheels as a youngster and into his adult years has owned an Olds 442, ‘67 Chevy C-10, ‘74 Ford pro street truck and a few other fine examples of early Ford truck iron. If you ever come in contact with the rolling beauty seen here, you will undoubtedly draw the same conclusion we did in that Scott is a perfectionist. Evidence of that is prominent under the hood, between the doors and underneath this stunning red classic. The project was purchased in 1999, and 10 years and 150K later Scott and his wife are enjoying driving and showing the truck after much knuckle busting and consistent bank account shuffling. (more…)