The John Deer Styling Award
Who: Ryan Ouellette
Where: Old Orchard Beach, ME
What: '92 Dodge Dakota
Suspension: (Front) 2-inch lowering springs / anti-sway bar / (Rear) de-arched leaf springs / notched frame / anti-sway bar
Engine: K&N high-flow air filter assembly / Flowmaster muffler
Wheels/tires: Stock Mopars with essence of green / smaller-than-stock BFGoodrich tires but not low-pros
INTERIOR: Old-school tweed bucket seats / Innovative stone textured paint on all plastic panels / Street-Glow green lighting
Audio/video: Mini disc and CD player / 12-inch Eclipse subwoofer / Kenwood separates and two-way 6x9s / two Kenwood amps
Body Mods: APC mesh grille / Stillen front valance / clear corners / shaved antenna and tailgate handle / welded-on rear roll pan / painted jalapeno green with chameleon up front
We Say: It's mean green and like a John Deer farming machine. Ryan used a lot of green paint to color-coordinate this truck. It kinda reminded us of a tractor, thus the award we gave.

The Best Use of an Editor's Photos Award
Who: Dave & Teri Lorge
Where: Pleasant Prairie, WI
What: '92 Chevrolet C1500 Extended Cab
Suspension: (Front) Belltech 2-inch drop spindles / Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves / (Rear) Air Ride Technologies Air Bar / Belltech C-notch / Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves
Engine: Exhaust Tech after-cat muffler system
Wheels/tires: 17x8- and 17x9-1/2-inch old-school Boyd Coddingtons / 255/40R17 and 275/40R17 BFG Comp TA
INTERIOR: That good ol' stock equipment / a Boyd billet steering wheel
Audio/video: OEM stuff and a 10-disc CD changer
Body Mods: Stylin' Concepts phantom grille and smoothie bumper / Gaylords X2000 tonneau cover / Custom Cruiser bed rug kit / painted GM factory Brilliant Blue, Black Rose, Magenta, and Sherwin-Williams Pearl White
We Say: We had this feature lying around in our files for five years now. Somehow it was forgotten, and it landed in our Readers' Rides file. Ex-Editor Dan Sanchez shot the photos, and he didn't take enough for a full feature. To ensure that the film shot was not a complete waste, we are running them here.

The Wish I Was a Semi Award
Who: David "Big Daddy" Tomlinson
Where: Hawthorne, FL
What: '79 Dodge Centurion hauler
Suspension: Bunch of helper springs out in the rear for heavy loads
Engine: Rebuilt 360-cid V-8 / twin 4-foot stacks
Wheels/tires: Dualie wheels
INTERIOR: Who knows? It may have a CB radio, though
Audio/video: Stock equipment and possibly a HiFi eight-track player
Body Mods: It's a dualie conversion fifth-wheel with a Reese hitch / Turbo Wing / toolboxes / a butt-load of extra lights
We Say: David must have had this truck and his needs grew beyond the capabilities of a pickup truck. It was then upgraded with a conversion to make it a fifth-wheel trailer. He must have a lot of hauling to do because this truck is now the biggest thing he can get that is not a fullsize eighteen-wheeler.

The Cleanest Black Harley Award
Who: Jimmy Hooper
Where: Arlington, TX
What: '02 Harley-Davidson Edition Ford F-150
Suspension: Lowered 2 inches in rear
Engine: Triton V-8 with supercharger / K&N air filter / Tinman Products underhood billet dress-up kit
Wheels/tires: Stockers, but hey, they have that Harley-Davidson logo on them
INTERIOR: Billet steering wheel / stock leather upholstery
Audio/video: All Blue Oval audio equipment
Body Mods: Billet antenna / billet grille and bumper inserts / smooth tailgate handle / airbrushed flames on tailgate
We Say: Jimmy is lucky enough to afford a Harley-Davidson Ford. These are some of the nicest trucks to roll off the Ford assembly line. By the looks of it, Jimmy detailed the funk out of this truck before he shot the photos on it-and even the tires are shiny.

The "I Get Sea Sick in My SUV" Award
Who: Toby Robinson
Where: Lawton, OK
What: '03 Chevy Tahoe
Suspension: It's not lifted or lowered-we say it's stock
Engine: Packaged motor / Flowmaster and dual exhaust system with 18-inch chrome extentions
Wheels/tires: 20-inch L-05 Lorenzo, complete with SpinTek Stunner Spinners / Goodyear Eagle GTIIs
INTERIOR: Baby-blue vinyl dash and seats / navy-blue carpet and headliner / blue carbon-fiber dash kit / eight blue neon tubes
Audio/video: DVD flip-out player head unit / PS2 / two 7-inch headrest monitors / two 12-inch Blaupunkt transparent speakers / Blaupunkt 600-watt amp / Blaupunkt six-disc CD changer
Body Mods: Custom baby-blue painted items / custom baby-blue vinyl graphics / Eurolite Xenon crystal-blue headlights
We Say: Wow, Toby actually liked our Readers' Ride section enough to inspire the build of his Tahoe. From reading our mag, he got his ideas on what to do with the Chevy. It took him nine months to do all this stuff to his ride. The numbers on the back are the area codes from which he grew up in. The T. Sea Sick sticker is derived from his first name Toby, and sea sick describes how he feels after bouncing around in this thing when he hits a bump.

The Very Worthy of a Readers' Ride Award
Who: Rusty Lowe
Where: Sevierville, TN
What: Chevy S-10
Suspension: Airbag system done by Rusty himself
Engine: When the truck started, it had nothing, and Rusty put one in with his own two hands
Wheels/tires: Chrome wheels look to be 17- or 18-inch in size / low-pro tires
INTERIOR: Your guess is as good as ours
Audio/video: Same as above
Body Mods: Euro taillights / new front bumper / multi-cross mirrors / shaved tailgate and door handles
We Say: Rusty is one of those guys who has the talent to build his truck on his very own. It's a cool-looking 'bagged S-10 that looks like it will be awesome when finished. Rusty insisted that the truck was very worthy and that we run the photos of it. We agreed that it was, well, good enough, and hopefully he will send pictures of it when he is done with it.

The Coolest Father and Son Project Truck Award
Who: Wrangler Hammond
Where: Grandbury, TX
What: '64 Chevy Pickup
Suspension: Chassis Tech airbag kit, front and rear
Engine: Rebuilt 283 Chevy engine / Muncie four-speed
Wheels/tires: 17-inch ICE wheels / 275/60R17 Chaparral SUV HP tires
INTERIOR: Restored dash and painted to match / black leather seats and door panels
Audio/video: Dual CD player / two Pioneer 6x6-inch door speakers / two Pioneer 6x9-inch speakers in custom-made kick panels / JBL Audio three-channel 600-watt amp / American Legacy 240-watt amp / three 10-inch R10 and S10 Alpine subwoofers behind seats
Body Mods: Tinted windows / sprayed on bedliner / roll pan / shaved tailgate chains, doors, and mirrors
We Say: Even though Mr. Hammond named his son after a brand name of blue jeans, he really knows how to restore a truck with his son. The two of them took this truck from its rusty beginnings to rebuild it from the ground up. The truck looks cleaner than the day it was new, and now Wrangler is the coolest kid in his high school with this classic Chevy.

The Mail Order Buyer's Award
Who: Raymond George
Where: Baltimore, MD
What: '00 Chevy Silverado Country Caddy
Suspension: Smooth factory ride
Engine: GM combustion engine / Flowmaster exhaust with dual tips
Wheels/tires: 20x8.5-inch Marantz Miano / 285/50R20 Goodyear Eagles
INTERIOR: By the looks of the outside, it probably has seat covers and a dash kit
Audio/video: Good question, do they sell audio equipment in catalogs?
Body Mods: Cowl-induction hood / steel air dam / Puttco big-mouth grille / clear corners / projector headlights / running boards / tonneau cover complete with grab bars / old-school Buick fender vents
We Say: Take a good look at this thing. It is tricked out with accessories. Our guess is that Raymond is a real big fan of mail-ordering parts from catalogs. He has just about every bolt-on part, with the exception of a bug deflector or grilleguard. This thing belongs on the cover of a catalog, someone please use it on a catalog cover.

The "Wish I Had a Lincoln MarkVIII But I Still Have a Truck" Award
Who: Butch Sheresh
Where: Chula Vista, CA
What: '95 Ford F-150
Suspension: Looks lowered but may not be / Lincoln Mark VIII rear air springs
Engine: 4.6L V-8 from Lincoln Mark VIII / four-speed automatic
Wheels/tires: 17-inch Boyd Coddingtons / Goodyear Eagle GSCs
INTERIOR: Seats, console, dash, wiring components, and steering from Lincoln Mark VIII
Audio/video: Probably from a Lincoln Mark VII as well
Body Mods: SnugTop lid
We Say: From what we figure, Butch wanted a Lincoln Mark VIII but already had this F-150. The next best thing was to replace everything, except the frame, suspension, and cab with the equipment from a Lincoln. Even though this truck is a Frankenstein, it was put together very cleanly.

The "Hey, I'm Writing About a Totally Different Subject But Here's a Photo of My Grandma's Truck " Award
Who: The Grandma of Troy Erickson
Where: Bemidiji, MN
What: '55 F-100
Suspension: Who knows? But, it's low enough for a daily
Engine: Old and still works
Wheels/tires: Eight-spoke with dish / Grand Am Radial GT
INTERIOR: '55 F-100 creature comforts
Audio/video: Hopefully replaced because we're sure the old ones don't work anymore
Body Mods: Restored paint / wood bed sides
We Say: Troy is a first time reader and was so stoked by our mag that he sent us a check for a subscription. Though he wrote to us about a Laramie edition Dodge, he decided to send along a photo of his grandma's hauler. We guess he made the best use of his postage by sending two things at once.

The Most Inspiring Home Fabricator Award
Who: Jeremy R. Hill
Where: Tifton, GA
What: '00 Chevy Crew Cab with long bed
Suspension: (Front) removed all IFS components / 14-bolt front axle with Dana 60 kingpin knuckles / 4:88 gears / Moser inner and 35-spline outer shafts / 10-inch leaf springs with custom-made shackles / 7100 remote Bilstein shocks / custom driveshaft / (Rear) 12-inch leaf springs / 4-inch blocks / 7100 remote Bilstein shocks / custom driveshaft
Engine: 454 big-block / manual five-speed trans / manual transfer case / Banks exhaust system with stainless steel headers and muffler
Wheels/tires: 20x12-inch Weld Evo Renegade / 40-inch Pro-Comp X-terrain
INTERIOR: Stock, if you can get high enough to see it
Audio/video: Pioneer Avic-N1 CD/DVD navigation unit / Sony speakers / 12-inch JL Audio W6 subwoofers
Body Mods: Billet grille / drop hitch / Goodmark cowl hood / brushguard / painted inner fenders / spray-on bedliner
We Say: Jeremy is a true lover of the '88-'98 Chevy trucks. When he realized that the body style was going to be retired, he decided to buy this longbed crew cab brand-spankin'-new. From there, he took it upon himself to remove all the IFS and made everything to lift the truck 15 inches over 40-inch-tall tires. He did all the work himself, and it works. And even though it only gets 11 mpg, he drives it everyday.

The Most Mods Done for Less Than $200 Award
Who: Chad Stewart
Where: Bedford, TX
What: '99 Ford Ranger 4x4
Suspension: For the amount of money spent, there wasn't enough in the budget for alterations
Engine: It has one
Wheels/tires: It looks decent for stock 15-inchers / pretty beefy looking, most likely have a good ride
INTERIOR: Looks gray from the photo
Audio/video: 700-watt 10W6 JL Audio subwoofer
Body Mods: Clear corners / carbon-fiber taillights
We Say: Chad was on a serious budget for this truck. That would explain why there are only a few mods. It's a 4x4 that's named "Afraid of the Dirt."

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