The Nondescript Tech Sheet Award
Who: Rich Boonstra
Where: Tinley, IL
What: '00 Ford Lightning
Suspension: Stock
Engine: 5.4L V-8 / factory Eaton supercharger with intercooler / AIRAID filter / 4-pound pulley / chip / Flowmaster muffler
Wheels/tires: 20-inch chrome with chrome valvestem caps / Toyo tires
Interior: Stock
Audio/video: Stock
Body Mods: Factory black with American flag vinyl graphics / tonneau cover with wing / carbon-fiber headlight covers / purple underbody neon / signal mirrors
We Say: We thank Rich for sending us his truck, but he listed his modifications very simply, such as "chrome wheels, and it has a chip in it." Luckily, he did remember to tell us it has chrome valvestem caps.

The Could Use Bigger Wheels Award
Who: Ray Barnett
Where: Waddell, AZ
What: '92 GMC
Suspension: (Front) Belltech spindle and spring / (Rear) Belltech flip kit and C-notch
Engine: 350ci V-8
Wheels/tires: 15-inch Center Line Sabre / 275/60R15 Firestone Firehawks
Interior: Blue tweed with gray scallops / Billet Specialties dash pieces / Billet Specialties Thrasher steering wheel
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit / Advantz Screen in custom console
Body Mods: PPG Blue, White, and Gray / billet grille / Street Scene mirrors / Goodmark cowl hood
We Say: Ray's ride could be taken out of daily driver standing and pushed into show status with some airbags and a set of big rollers. The truck is nice either way, and at least he doesn't have to avoid potholes with those thick-side-wall tires.

The Soon to Be Deaf Award
Who: Joey Perez
Where: Paterson, NJ
What: '96 GMC Safari Van
Suspension: De-arched leaf pack
Engine: 4.3L V-6
Wheels/tires: 18-inch Axis 5 / Joey didn't tell us about his tires
Interior: Stock, but see the audio section
Audio/video: Pioneer head unit / 10 12-inch P-series Crossfire subs / eight 6-1/2 coaxials, four molded into each door panel / three 1,000-watt amps / four 7-inch monitors
Body Mods: DuPont Purple / Xenon body kit / cat-eye grille / underbody neon
We Say: Joey's Safari van has more than 120 inches of combined speaker size, telling us one thing-this guy will soon be deaf. If you run into Joey on the streets, make sure to speak loudly so he can hear you.

The We Salute You Award
Who: Tommy Romo
Where: San Antonio, TX
What: '01 GMC Sierra
Suspension: Z-85 handling package
Engine: 5.3L Triton V-8 / Flowmaster two-chamber exhaust system / K&N FIPK intake / Hypertech programmer
Wheels/tires: Stock
Interior: Stock
Audio/video: Stock
Body Mods: Factory Sunburst Yellow with dealer-installed graphics
We Say: Tommy served in Vietnam, where he took some shrapnel during combat. But, instead of quitting, he manned up and kept fighting. He ended up serving two tours of duty and received the Purple Heart for his actions. For that, Tommy, we offer you our thanks for being a Marine and keeping us all safe.

The Guy Who Has the Same Name as the Actor Who Played Spawn Award
Who: Michael White
Where: Philadelphia, PA
What: '01 Dodge Dakota
Suspension: Stock
Engine: 3.9L V-6 / AIRAID intake / JET Performance module / Flowmaster exhaust
Wheels/tires: 20-inch Niche Bellas / Michael didn't tell us what tires he's rolling
Interior: Nu-Image flamed gauges
Audio/video: Pioneer DVD head unit with 7-inch screen / (Front) Infinity 6.5-inch separates / (Rear) Infinity 5x7 / Rockford Fosgate 400-watt amp
Body Mods: Factory Copper / Xenon front bumper and fender flares / Street Scene grille / Sir Michaels roll pan / APC clear corners
We Say: This truck is ready for an altitude adjustment; Michael, you already have the wheels, so we think you should drop it. If your budget is tight, look up a drop coil and shackle kit online.
That should be the cheapest way out. Whatever you do, fight the urge to heat the springs with a torch.

The Thrifty Clone Award
Who: Richard Kellems
Where: Columbus, IN
What: '00 Dodge Dakota
Suspension: (Front) DJM Drop Pocket control arms / drop shocks / (Rear) Belltech hangers / drop shocks
Engine: 3.9L V-6 / Intense Performance intake / Gibson exhaust / 180-degree thermostat / 7-1/2mm Mopar plug wires
Wheels/tires: 20-inch Diablo Viennas / 245/35R20 Nitto NT555s
Interior: Paint-matched some of the dash pieces
Audio/video: Alpine 7863 head unit / Infinity Kappa 6-3/4-inch speakers
Body Mods: Corvette Nassau Blue / color-matched door handles / shaved third brake light, antenna, fender badges, and tailgate handle / Sir Michaels roll pan and handle relocator kit / Street Scene grille and mirrors / R/T fender flares / Altezza taillights / Mopar tonneau cover / APC clear corners
We Say: Rich's Dakota is nice and clean and has just enough stuff to set it apart from the crowd. Even though he created an R/T clone with a V-6, it must be nice when it comes time to fill up at the pump.

The Least Amount of Information Sent Award
Who: Greg Harris
Where: Shawnee, KS
What: '04 Chevrolet Silverado Regency Edition
Suspension: Ground Force mild drop
Engine: 4.8L V-8 / Hypertech programmer / AIRAID throttle-body spacer / JBA headers
Wheels/tires: 20-inch Chip Foose
Interior: Not mentioned
Audio/video: Not mentioned
Body Mods: Red with black musclecar stripes / mirror covers / tonneau cover with wing
We Say: Greg didn't give us a lot to go on, but we still think it's a nice truck. After a little web searching, we did find some information. We have to say, for anyone sending in a Readers' Ride submission, please give us all the information you have because it's pretty rare we will print your ride if we have nothing to write about.

The Man From Nowhere Award
Who: Jake Kozlowski
Where: We don't know
What: '03 Dodge Ram 1500
Suspension: 2/4 drop kit from an unspecified company
Engine: Hemi V-8 / JBA headers / high-flow cats / 40-series Flowmaster mufflers / K&N intake / AIRAID throttle-body spacer / Hypertech programmer
Wheels/tires: Stock
Interior: Stock
Audio/video: Stock
Body Mods: Factory metallic gray / Street Scene roll pan and grille / blacked-out headlights and taillights
We Say: This thing has a Hemi and it will put a whoopin' on ya. Jake plans on slappin' on a set of 22s, but he wants to burn off the factory rubber first-two black strips at a time

The "I Haven't Painted My Body Kit Yet!" Award
Who: Chris Justice
Where: Eastern Shore, VA
What: '93 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
Suspension: Stock
Engine: It has one
Wheels/tires: 16-inch American Racing Spinnakers / 225/60R16 Bridgestone Potenza
Interior: Stock
Audio/video: Sony Xplod head unit / two JBL 6x9 / two Kicker 12-inch subs / Kicker amp / Sony 10-disc changer
Body Mods: Factory red / Godfather's Customs body kit / APC Euro taillights / JBM billet grille
We Say: Chris is slowly but surely saving up the money to paint his body kit. After that, he will start saving up his nickels and dimes for a lowering job. Way to persevere, Chris.

The Carpet Clashes With the Truck Award
Who: Chad Bennet
Where: Slinger, WI
What: '92 Chevrolet S-10
Suspension: Belltech 5-inch drop
Engine: 4.3L V-6 / Hypertech chip / K&N filter / flex fan / Flowmaster mufflers / owner-built 160-amp alternator
Wheels/tires: 15-inch American Racing, what type we don't know / 225/50R15 Dunlops
Interior: Full leather
Audio/video: Pile DVD player / two 12-inch Volfenhag subs / Pioneer 400-watt amp / Boss 5.6-inch monitor
Body Mods: Garnet-red, pearl-white, and astral-silver drop shadows / shaved body line and door handles / AIM sport mirrors
We Say: 17-year-old Chad has done an awesome job with his 'Dime, and we hope he will never have to park his fine truck on carpet that ugly again.

The Better Late Than Never Award
Who: Nick Miscione, Jr.
Where: San Leandro, CA
What: '98 Chevrolet C15
Suspension: (Front) Belltech spindle and drop spring / Hellwig sway bar / KYB shocks (Rear) de-arched springs by A1 Spring / Belltech shackles / KYB shocks
Engine: 4.3L V-6 / K&N filter / Tornado / Flowmaster dual exhaust
Wheels/tires: 15-inch Center Line Trigons / (Front) 245/60R15 Dunlop, (Rear) 255/60R15 Dunlop
Interior: Bench seat lifted from a '95 Silverado
Audio/video: Kenwood head unit / Clarion separates / two 8-inch Bazooka Bass tubes
Body Mods: Factory black / all trim removed / Stull cat-eye bumper
We Say: This reader's ride was hiding in the back of the file cabinet and gives us a history lesson on how these trucks were built back in the day. Nick sent us his truck back in '98 when it was only a few months old. We doubt he still owns it, but hey, you never know.

The Most Artistic Suckup Award
Who: Earl Spratley
Where: Hampton, VA
What: '03 Chevrolet Avalanche
Suspension: Stock
Engine: 5.3L V-8
Wheels/tires: Stock 17-inchers / 265/70R17 Goodyear Wranglers
Interior: Stock
Audio/video: Stock
Body Mods: Factory white with custom pewter bottom / ATS Design fender flares / Street Scene speed grille
We Say: Earl got our attention by Photoshopping in the Sport Truck logo over his license plate. Not that his truck isn't worthy of running in this story, but we are suckers for shameless self promotion.

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