Posts Tagged ‘custom trucks’


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Mark Whiteskunk; Skunkwerx Paint and Body; 1968 Chevy C-10; Sayre, OK

Both Man and Machine Were Saved From Meeting Their Ends

Building a quality truck is not easy for anyone, but just imagine doing it while having a life threatening disease. Yeah, that’s right, owner Mark Whiteskunk of Skunkwerx Paint and Body in Sayre, Oklahoma, was diagnosed with colon cancer while in the middle of this truck’s build. When confronted about it, the doctor gave Mark a 50/50 chance of survival. After going through an extensive surgery, Mark came out clean. Though it was tough to battle this horrible disease, the thought of completing his ’68 Chevy C-10 got him through it all. (more…)

Blood, Sweat & Gears

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Chad Pickering; 1986.5 Nissan Hardbody; Oroville, CA; Severed Ties-Petitioning

The Little Kid Gets Big Shoes and a V-8

Mini-truckers are a unique breed of enthusiast. They build some of the most insanely detailed and modified trucks on the planet, and if told that they will never be able to pull off a certain modification or stuff a certain size wheel under their truck, the gloves are off and they run for the tools. Chad Pickering of Oroville, California, got the mini-truck influence from his dad who is a member of Severed Ties. Of course, working at his dad’s body shop certainly helped gets Chad’s gearhead adrenaline flowing, and being mere minutes away from Grant Kustoms, the metal gods, coaxed him into their chopping, cutting, section, shaving and metal reshaping cult. (more…)

Shop Trucks in the Spotlight

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Affordable, Fun to Drive and Packed With Character

If you have built custom trucks or hot rods for any length of time, you are undoubtedly beginning to realize that those that are the most fun to own are also those that you can drive, hard. A truck you can lean against, scratches and nicks, and toss stuff in the bed without a blanket have proven to be those where you can find maximum enjoyment behind the wheel. (more…)

Project Greystone 7: Dress up and Final Details

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

We are wrapping up the custom paint and graphics on Project Greystone over at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California. The crew cab has undergone a subtle two-tone paint scheme with custom graphics laid out and sprayed by Theresa Contreras. We have BASF R-M Onyx HD waterborne materials for everything from the primer to the Lexus Smoky Granite Mica and Greystone Metallic paint to the clearcoat. The VOC-compliant paint system from BASF keeps us out of trouble with the EPA while still maintaining a great finish with all of the benefits of traditional solvent-based systems. After the truck was baked, color sanded and buffed to a perfect shine, the reassembly process began. (more…)

Project Greystone 6: Paint Graphics and Texture Tricks

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

We brought our Project Greystone truck, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic crew cab, to L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, to begin the paint process using BASF R-M Onyx HD waterborne materials. Our goal is to keep the clean, monochromatic look with a subtle two-tone broken up with highly detailed graphics that bring a few tricks and different textures to the plate. Finishing it all off are a few custom-painted parts and a Street Scene EQ Gen I front bumper cover and RECON Smoked LED taillights supplied by the folks at Stylin’ Trucks. (more…)

Project Greystone V: Prep for Paint

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF Automotive Refinish, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

A custom paint job whether mild or wild is one of the most attention-grabbing aspects of a custom truck. The combinations are truly endless using different colors, graphic elements and other tricks. When the time came to apply new paint to our crew cab Silverado project dubbed Project Greystone, we wanted to keep with the theme of creating a custom truck inspired by luxury vehicles. (more…)

Syborg TT

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Owner: Martin McGuire, 1992 GMC Sonoma, Downers Grove, IL

This Sonoma Puts Down Plenty of Twin Turbo Power

The fundamental notion of hot rodding is putting a massive amount of power into a small package. Looking good while doing it doesn’t hurt either. In the truck world, the S-10 and Sonoma platforms fill the bill for small packages that still have plenty of room under the hood to make a massive rubber footprint when the gas pedal is slammed down. (more…)

Family Ties

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Owner: Sara Mata, 1985 Chevrolet C-10, Georgetown, TX, Aftermath

Friends and Family Came Together to Build this Blue Pearl C-10

Building and showing custom trucks can take a bit of a toll on relationships. The late nights spent working in the garage with your friends can in some cases end up with you sleeping on the couch. But thankfully, Milo Reyna and Sara Mata both share a love of custom trucks and attending shows with friends from their club, Aftermath. (more…)

Seven Deuce

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Le Phong, 1972 Chevy C-10, Humble, TX

A Restored C-10 Laid Flat and Stuffin’ 22s

Custom trucks require a delicate balance during their construction. Like good cologne, when you are whittling away at a badass custom hauler, less is sometimes more. In recent years, the trend of restoring the appearance of classic pickups with all of the trim, emblems and factory character in place has taken off like wildfire. Of course, the stance still has to be at pavement-etching level and burying a king size set of rollers in the ‘wells is a must, but the restored trucks seem to be the ones stopping traffic at shows nowadays. It probably has a lot to do with their simplicity. (more…)

Mystery Man

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Jeff Lewis Sr. was a trucker by trade for more than 30 years, and Mystery Man was his CB handle. He worked hard to provide for his family, which often forced him to be away from home many days out of the year. As a kid, his son Jeff looked forward to summertime when he was out of school and would ride shotgun with his dad in his rig. As the he got older, the younger Jeff began building custom trucks and attending shows, and he brought his dad along with him so they could connect and spend some time together. Jeff Sr. enjoyed the shows and everyone in the club that his son belonged to, Relaxed Atmosphere. He even started telling people that he was “The Real Jeff Lewis.” (more…)