7. The Kiddie Pool
Sometimes, less is more. One of the cleanest beds we've seen in a while is this bright green, body-dropped mini from Woody Spooner of the club Xtreme Lowz. The '96 Ranger features a raised bed floor, welded tailgate, subtle LED taillights, and a relocated chrome gas cap.
8. The Steamroller Redux
Another clean installation from Xtreme Lowz is Tom Delaney's '86 Mazda. The body-dropped ride has a steamroller center axle cover, raised seamless bed floor, welded tailgate, and chrome twin hydraulic pumps with a single fluid reservoir on display behind the cab window. The exterior paint scheme was carried over into the bed.
9. I'm Seeing Red
Showing his admiration for the color red, Randall Harold's '99 S-10 keeps the bed clean using only custom metalwork to clear the wheels and axle. The sprayed-on bedliner, also in red, continues the theme. Even the slim LED taillights are red. Talk about some careful coordination!
10. The Smoothie
In this case, it's not what's in the bed that counts but rather the bed itself. Bianca Thorpe's '88 GMC S-15 is ultrasmooth thanks to the welded tailgate and tonneau cover that create unbroken lines. The four small taillights and angled license plate that rises above the tonneau are innovative touches. Multicolored graphics flow around the truck.
David Benjamin's '00 Silverado is equipped with a Cadillac front clip. To unify the theme, he has integrated the Cadillac crest into the red powdercoated bridge over the rear axle. Sprayed bedliner fills in all the seams of this body-dropped show-winner.
12. Like Glass
This silver and black Nissan carries the exterior paint theme into the bed, using a combination of silver paint and polished stainless steel for a dramatic touch. You know the craftsmanship is topnotch when the bed accurately reflects the clouds!
13. Pump You Up!
If you prefer hydraulics over air, the bed is the perfect place to mount the pumps. Adam Lovette squeezed four ProHopper competition pumps into his '87 Nissan Hardbody, along with tall struts for plenty of lift. Tubs and a tubular bridge painted to match, along with diamond-plate accents, complete the juiced package.
The combination of school-bus-yellow paint and whitewall tires gives the '86 Isuzu P'up of Kyle Gould a distinctive, old-school flavor. Frenched '40 Ford LED taillights blend old and new, but it's the elaborate sheetmetal work and extra long tubs in the bed that catch your eye. Notice the offset license plate in the smoothed tailgate.
15. A Little More Gas
Zach Lock's suicided '96 S-10 has its blue and silver paint scheme continued in the bed, with just a few touches of bright orange for emphasis. The pair of chrome Viair compressors fills the orange 5-gallon reserve tank, the freeform bridge adds visual interest, and the fuel cell provides a little competition flavor.
Although the bed of this Chevy has lots of interesting elements inside, it was the outside that got our attention. It was the first time we had seen Cadillac SRX taillights grafted on, and the effect is unique. Two-tone paint, shaved door handles, rigid tonneau cover, welded tailgate, custom roll pan, and those unique Caddy lights make Dale Evans' '97 S-10 hard to miss.