Kevin & Malia Souza's '90 Toyota Pickup
Rims/Tires: 18-inch Diablo Delta Force / 225/40R18 Kumho
Engine: Rebuilt 22R four-cylinder / Weber headers
Suspension: 2-inch drop lower control arms / Slam Specialties airbags / FBI four-link with Firestone airbags / custom step notch / Toxic shocks / Blitzluft air compressor and 1/2-inch valves / 15-gallon aluminum fuel cell
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate handle, door handles, hood squirters, fuel door, antenna, and custom roll pan / Toyota pickup 4x4 front clip / inner fenders raised 3 inches / motorcycle mirrors / clear marker signals / euro taillights / custom two-tone paintjob
Interior: '99 Dodge Stratus leather-covered power seats / painted dash with shaved air vents / custom-built center console
We Say: We can all relate to the act of starting a simple project and getting carried away. That's exactly what happened to this truck. It was a little banged-up and was supposed to only get worked straight and painted. Since it was looking so good, Kevin and Malia decided to go the whole nine yards and upgrade everything they could. As you can see, the truck cleaned up nicely.
From The Junk Drawer: Coming from the big island of Hawaii, we're sure these two don't get to enjoy some of the fun times that the winter season has in store for us on the mainland. One of those memorable moments would be the building of a snowman. Though we can't ship a real snowman, we are sending an animated figure of one. He sings, he dances, and he has been annoying the hell out of us in the office. Maybe the Souzas can enjoy him or trade him for something even cooler like that guy who started www.oneredpaperclip.com.
Win Some Of Our Cool Swag!
Each month here in Sport Truck, the Homegrown Haulers winner will receive a pair of Mechanix Wear gloves, a Mother's detailing package, a Havoc DVD, and some awesome Sport Truck stickers. And to keep it real, we're also tossing in a piece of swag from our trusty old junk drawer! So just how do you win? It's easy. It all starts with you taking a killer photo(s) of your truck and sending that along with all of your information as well as a list of mods done to your truck. High-resolution digital photos are preferred and may improve your chances of winning. But really what it comes down to is if your truck is cool enough to pass our standards (OK, more like if we happen to get a bull's-eye on the dartboard!). So get going! Get out there with your digital cameras, put the settings on high-quality, and start shootin'. Email all of your stuff to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a CD with images via snail mail to: Sport Truck Magazine, Homegrown Haulers, 2400 East Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806.
Everything Is Bigger In Texas
Ben Felts' '05 Chevy Silverado Z71
We Say: Texas is known for being "truck country," and Ben is definitely supporting the cause.
Rims/Tires: 22x12 Mazzi Hulk / 37x13.5x22 Kumho Road Venture
Engine: V-8 / Super Chips computer programmer / factory rearend with 4.46 gears
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch lift kit painted blue / 3-inch body lift
Audio/Video:JVC head unit with 7-inch flip-out monitor / 12-inch flip-down monitor / two Rockford Fosgate Punch 12-inch subwoofers
Dubs Not Wanted Here
Patrick Dwayne Cheek's '94 Dodge Dakota SportNicholasville, Kentucky
We Say: Though wheels measuring 20-inches and up are all the rage these days, Patrick prefers the old-school look of his 15s. That's mostly because guys like him can enjoy trucks with a more classic look.
Rims/Tires: 15x8 American Racing Series 23 / Mastercraft Sensys 01
Engine: Magnum V-8
Suspension: Belltech 1/2 drop
Body Mods: Custom Emerald Green paint / Leer tonneau cover / painted taillight covers
Audio/Video: Sony Xplod head unit and speakers
On To The Next Project
Jesse Pointer's '93 Chevy Silverado
Central City, Kentucky
We Say: Jesse bought this truck just over one year ago and turned it around to what you see here. He completed this one and is now concentrating on his next project. Hopefully he will send us pictures of it when it's done.
Rims/Tires: 22-inch Boss 304 / 265/35R22 Nitto 420S
Engine: 350-cid V-8 / billet dress-up kit
Suspension: 4/6 drop
Body Mods: Painted Torch Red / shaved tailgate handle, stake pockets in bed, and custom roll pan / LED taillights / clear corner markers / smooth chrome front bumper
Interior: Billet shifter, speaker covers, and rearview mirror / carpet and headliner replaced / seats, dash, and door panels from '95-'98 Chevy Silverado