Down with the S-series trucks
Mike Van's '85 Chevy S-10
Spring Hill, Florida
We Say: Mike originally picked up this used-to-be-shabby '85 four-cylinder S-10 to use as a commuter and work truck. After driving it awhile, Mike grew fond of it and thought he could give it some love. A few years later, the truck was finished and Mike ended up acquiring two more first-generation S-10s. Now that Mike has gained some experience with the '85, he is busy rebuilding a '93 he got from his son, and we're sure it will look good too.
What He Wins: To help Mike change the fluids on his small-block with less mess, we are giving him a Proform "no mess" funnel. Since this is a cool new tool we will be sending to each winner for a year, we thought we should still send him a piece of junk from our drawer. This time it is this alarm clock without a base. It seems Senior Editor Calin Head got pissed-off at the ticking sound it made and threw it on the ground, breaking the base. Ok, we're not sure if that's exactly how it went, but the clock is now incomplete and we hope that Mike can make some use of it.
Rims/Tires: 15-inch Summit Racing Star / Firestone 2.05x15 front & 2.25x15 rear
Engine: 350ci Chevy small-block V-8 / Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, 600cfm carburetor, and air cleaner / Crane Cams camshaft / Mallory Unilite distributor / Accel coil and plug wires / Patriot "shorty" headers / custom 2 1/2-inch exhaust / Turbo 350 transmission with B&M 2,000 rpm stall torque converter / Fairbanks shift kit / B&M Megashifter
Suspension: Belltech 2-inch drop coils and Nitro shocks / Ground Force 3-inch drop blocks
Body Mods: Shaved taillights and tailgate handle / custom front valance, ground effects, and rollpan with Corvette ZR1 taillights / Reflexxion steel cowl-induction hood / soft tonneau cover / Street Scene mirrors / clear corner markers / black paintjob / pinstriping by Soft Touch Studios
Interior: Bench seat from '93 S-10 / Grant steering wheel / replacement mats, dash cover, and headliner from LMC Truck / Sunpro gauges
Audio/Video: Pioneer head unit and speakers
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.
This One Made The Cut
Dwight Bowman's '01 Dodge Dakota Club Cab R/T
Claremont, North Carolina
We Say: Some folks on the Dakota-Durango.com forums decided to bash one of our past Homegrown Haulers Winners and didn't have the guts to speak up to us. So, I signed up to the forum and challenged them to come forward with photos and info on their rides. Dwight happened to be one of only a few guys that was man enough to step up to the challenge.
Rims/tires: Factory R/T 17-inch chrome / 225/55R17 Goodyear
Engine: 5.9L V-8 / modified "kegger" intake manifold / Harland Sharp roller rockers / Ford Motor Sports injectors / MSD 6A ignition and coil / Taylor plug wires / The Fastman 52mm throttle body / K&N air filter with billet top / Flex-a-Lite electric fan / Gibson headers / Spin Tech exhaust pipes / high-flow catalytic converters / Magnaflow X-Pipe / Flowmaster mufflers / one-off polished aluminum battery cover, PCM cover, and brake master cylinder cover / polished and powdercoated accents
Suspension: Lakewood traction bars / cross drilled and slotted brake rotors / ceramic brake pads
Body Mods: Stillen front bumper cover / GS Motorsports side skirts / Depo clear headlights and corner markers / Street Scene roll pan, mirrors, and inserts in grille and bumper / Reflexxion steel cowl hood / billet third brake light cover / fiberglass tonneau cover / Bedrug bed kit / smoked taillights
Interior: Billet A/C knobs / carbon-fiber dash kit / Black Cat Customs trim kit / one-off billet foot pedals / reupholstered door panels and visors / hand-painted Ram logo on steering wheel
Dear Santa, Help Me Get My Truck In Sport Truck!
Tony Comite's '07 Chevy Silverado LT
Port Charlotte, Florida
We Say: Originally, Tony sent us some unusable low-resolution photos taken from an old digital camera. He wanted us to print his truck so bad that he asked Santa to give him a new camera for Christmas. Well, Santa dropped him a brand-new Nikon that took the photo you see here.
Rims/tires: 22x9.5 Hipnotic C-note with painted inserts / 305/40R22 Yokohama Avid
Engine: 5.3L V-8 / K&N 77-Series cold-air intake / Helix Power throttle body spacer / Jet Performance mass air flow sensper insert / smooth billet bowtie
Suspension:McGaughty's 4/6 drop kit with spindles, coils, and a rear flip kit.
Body Mods: T-Rex cut-out stainless mesh grille and bumper insert/ smooth billet bowtie
Interior: Charcoal and platinum two-tone leather seat covers
Audio/video: Sony DVD head unit with 7-inch flip-out and swiveling monitor
Keith Davis' '96 Chevy Tahoe
Lake Helen, Florida
We Say: It's mean, green, and was built in Keith's driveway. That's pretty impressive for an 18-year-old first timer.
Rims/tires: 20x10 Eagle Alloy Series 64 / 49x13.50x20 Michelin radials
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8 / custom headers / rebuilt Turbo 400 transmission / divorced NP205 transfer case / Dana 44 solid frontend with titanium axles / Corporate 14-bolt rearend with 4:56 gears
Suspension: 12-inch front and 10-inch rear leaf springs / 8-inch lift blocks / custom drop rear shackle / custom front and rear track bars / dual shocks / relocated gas tank with custom diamond plate cover
Body Mods: 3-inch body lift / chrome grille / camouflage rain guards / custom dropped light bar / custom built steps
Interior: Tan leather seats / lime green accents
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit / four Kicker 6x9 speakers & two KX 650 amps