Draggin' The Natural State
Ronnie Merritt's '00 Chevy Silverado
We Say: Ronnie has been working on his truck for about five years, buying parts and doing stuff as he gets the money. His plans for the truck are to shave the door handles and taillights, put in some LEDs, a new two-tone paintjob, and possibly do some more work to the engine. We think Ronnie is just a few minor steps away from a full feature. The truck is still totally killer, and he really deserves to win some of our junk.
Rims/tires: 22-inch Oasis B1 / 265/35/R22 Nitto 420S
Engine: 5.3L V-8 / AEM cold-air intake / Escalade engine cover smoothed and painted along with all other plastic under the hood
Suspension: 'Bagged with a custom two-link / Slam Specialties RE7 bags / eight 3/8-inch SMC valves / 1/2-inch air line / two 5-gallon tanks / MIC pressure switch / two Viar 480 compressors / two KP dual-needle gauges mounted in A-pillar pod
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate / Sir Michaels rollpan molded in / Escalade door handles inside and out / Street Scene Sport Mirrors / Stull billet grille / chrome Tahoe grille shell with polished billet Bow Tie emblem / Truckmaster Designs front valance / APC clear marker lights / APC euro taillights with french-cut covers / Indigo Blue metallic paint (factory)
Interior: Escalade gauge cluster / Katzkin leather seats in two-tone blue and gray / Budnik Trilogy steering wheel / billet pedals, scuff plates, shifter, heater box cover, and dash pieces / smoothed and painted dash and door pieces
Audio/video: Two 12-inch Kicker Comp subs in Pro box / Kicker 600-watt amp / two Memphis 6-1/2-inch speakers in the doors and 4x6s in the B-pillars / Optima YellowTop battery
What He Wins: Besides the usual Mother's detail products, Mechanix gloves, and ProForm Funnel, we are sending Ronnie a complete redneck outfit from ARP. This includes a sweet hat to protect his noggin and an apron to keep his wife-beaters clean while he wrenches on his ride. We also threw in a mouse pad for inside the house, because you can never have enough gearhead decorations.
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 email@example.com, or send a CD with images via snail mail to: Sport Truck Magazine, Homegrown Haulers, 2400 East Katella Ave., Ste. 1100, Anaheim, CA 92806.
Jamie Easley's '98 Ford F-150
We Say: Jamie is a student and still finds time and money to mod out his F-150. He has plans to drop the truck a lot more and slap on some custom rollers. He has a set of racing buckets at the upholstery shop right now getting covered in black leather with black suede inserts. Judging by the mods Jamie has already done, we can't wait to see the finished product.
Engine: 4.2L V-6 / five-speed manual trans / Bosch Platinum wires / Denso Iridium spark plugs / custom exhaust / cold-air intake / Stage 1 ACT clutch / Royal Purple fluids
Suspension: 2-inch drop shackles
Body Mods: '03 front clip / Street Scene bumper cover / Lightning-style headlights / clear corners / billet grille / foglights / rollpan / euro taillights
Interior: Some of the interior pieces have been painted metallic silver / 30mm wrench for the shifter
Audio/video: Jensen head unit with 7-inch screen / Memphis Audio 5x7s in the door / rears converted to 6x9 Alphasoniks / Power Acoustik 400-watt amp / two Alphasonik 12-inch subs
Dark Blue Dime
Scott Skattum's '01 Chevy S-10 Xtreme
We Say: We ran into Scott a couple years back at our Havoc show. He entered his dark blue Dime in the Sport Truck Challenge and we watched him blast the 1320 all day. Back then, the truck was pretty stock, but it looks like Scott has been busy. He has added all kinds of audio equipment and a body kit to his project. Hopefully he won't stop the customizing, because we really want to see him build a feature truck.
Rims/tires: Factory Xtreme rims / Goodyear HR directional tires
Engine: 4.3L V-6 / five-speed trans / Hypertech programmer / K&N Gen II Intake / custom exhaust
Body Mods: Indigo Blue metallic / Wings West three-piece spoiler / clear corners / clear headlights / Sylvania Silverstar bulbs / Jack Rabbit tonneau cover / underbody light kit / Street Scene chrome Speed Grille / steel rollpan / unspecified dual ram-air hood / TYC taillights / tinted windows
Interior: SpeedHut gauges / blue interior lights / BedRug / custom floormats
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit / Audiobahn tweeters / Pioneer 6x9s and amp / custom box
No Speed Limit
Rob Schwarz's '03 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4
Somewhere In Germany
We Say: Rob gets to do something most of us can't--blast his truck to 110 mph. Rob lives in Germany and says he gets a kick out of planting the gas pedal to the floor and leaving it there. Can you imagine blasting by Beemers and Mercedes in a big-ass four-door Hemi-powered Ram? We can.
Rims/tires: 22-inch SRT10 / 305/40R22
Engine: 5.7L Hemi V-8 / custom air intake / Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust / Hypertech programmer
Body Mods: Billet gas door
Audio/video: Alpine 7-inch monitor DVD / TV system with Dolby Surround / 10-inch Alpine subwoofer under the rear seat / Rockford Fosgate speakers in the doors
Young Gun In The Great White North
Zach Russell's '88 GMC Sierra
We Say: Now 18 years old, Zach bought the Sierra when he was 13 for $500. He has done all of the body and paintwork himself, with a little help from his dad. He busted his butt working in the summer to pay for everything on the truck. Initially, it was going to be a driver until he started reading custom-truck mags. That was all it took to keep him wanting to do more and more to it. Good job, Zach, and keep us posted on the progress.
Rims/tires: 17-inch SSC / Cooper Discovery Sport HP 275/55R17
Engine: Rebuilt 350ci V-8 / K&N air cleaner
Suspension: A drop kit is next on the list
Body Mods: Shaved door handles, tailgate handle, antenna, and stake pockets / rollpan molded in / '98-style grille / clear lights / euro taillights / Street Scene Cal-Vu mirrors / halo headlights
Interior: Seat recovered in a platinum and black two-tone / black carpet kit / all interior plastics dyed black
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit and replacement speakers / Alpine Type R 12-inch sub / Alpine amp