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BEST TRUCK OF 2018

THE DECISION IS UPTO YOU!

Word by Chris Hamilton
Photos by Street Truck Staff

It's been a bit of a roller coaster year for Street Trucks but nonetheless, the end of 2018 is upon us and it's time to let our readers take the reins by picking this year's "Truck of the Year". Some incredible trucks have had the honor to grace the cover of this widely known staple in our industry which is going to make voting extremely hard for all the fans going online to cast their ballot, unless you already have a personal favorite of course.
There's been a little bit of something for everyone including Chevys and Fords, both classic and modern. Are you a fan of amazing custom painted builds or do you generally prefer a beautiful factory finish? All the options are set, you just have to make your move. Head over to our website at www.streettrucksmag.com and make your choice before the voting closes. There is a live update with the current standings so you know if you're favorite is in the lead. Get your friends and family to vote and let us know who you think should win. This is a great way to show some love to your favorite custom truck builders and it also lets us know what you guys like to see most.
Don't have all the past issues? Not a problem. Here is a list of each truck that appeared on the cover of Street Trucks magazine in 2018.

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CHAPS DIAZ

2014 GMC Sierra Mission, TX representing the club Ground Zero.

Chaps Diaz is a fan of bending speed limits. He's also drawn to trucks, namely the Sierra seen here. When he first bought it, he wasn't too keen on painting it or making it look overly flashy. He was more concerned with making it go fast, so the first thing he did was put a plan in motion that called for a set of twin Precision turbos. That got things cookin'. (Feb 2018)...
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Robert Braxton

1951 Ford F-1 from Lake Havasu City, AZ

We don't know anyone who doesn't like old trucks, but robert braxton wanted a bit more from his all-original '51 ford f-1. He loved its looks, but as anyone who has driven a stock vintage truck can attest, you that might look like exotic wood, but you're actually seeing vinyl-wrapped lightweight aluminum slats.Often end up being in the way of other drivers in their modern machines, which can sap all of the fun from owning a classic. (Mar 2018)...
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Jeff Ekberg

1959 GMC 100 from Fort Worth, TX

Jeff Ekberg is a regular guy who found himself on the outside of the custom truck world looking in. for the longest time, he'd been watching with admiration as guys transformed old trucks into modern street machines featuring up-to-the-minute conveniences without any loss of their vintage appeal. "After many years of sitting on the sidelines at shows and seeing others drive their incredible trucks..it was time for me to get one of my own," Jeff said. Sometimes, that's all the reason a guy really needs to get motivated (Apr 2018)...
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Bradley McFarlin

1981 GMC Sierra from Youngtown, AZ

I've always loved C-10 trucks, and all classic trucks, for that matter. when my dad presented the idea of building a truck as a form of appreciation for my work, we talked about just what we could work on, but i knew instantly that a square-body would be the ultimate for me." - Bradley Mcfarlin...
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Sean Provost

1970 Chevy C-10 Woodland, CA

For Sean Provost, his tale of this '70 Chevy C-10 is especially interesting. It all started when Sean was hired at a local coffee franchise, Dutch Bros., based in the Northwest. Sean soon became a manager and later took on ownership of five franchises. In the course of his career he's had steady communication with Dutch Bros. cofounder Travis Boersma. (May 2018)...
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Tony & Bob Bruncati

1955 Ford F-100 from North Hollywood, CA

Tony Bruncati's father, Bob, picked up this '55 Ford F-100 seen here sometime back in the '80s. Tony has fond memories of how it looked years ago. Bob purchased the truck at the first dealership he owned and planned to get it up and running so it could serve as a humble parts runner. "When we got it, the F-100 was 100% original down to the paint and engine," Tony says. "The only thing my dad did was have it painted and updated with a fresh engine so it could be a reliable shop truck for the dealership."...
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Jeff 'Speedy" Baumann

1967 Chevy C-10 from Las Vegas, NV

Roughly 3,000 hours during the course of three years were sunk into Jeff "Speedy" Baumann's '67 C-10. That's 125 solid days of round-the-clock progress. One thousand six hundred plus additional hours (on top of the 3,000) were invested inside the cab alone. We could break down this entire build into some migraine-inducing calculus equation to get more insight into the process, or we can take a more personable approach and meet the man behind this nearly flawless Chevy specimen instead....
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Chris Beatty

1955 Ford F-100 from Lancaster, CA

Lukasz Gainicy (pronounced lu-ka-zie) has eaten, slept and breathed every aspect of custom vehicles since he was a boy growing up in lancaster, california. his father had been an award-winning customizer since the '60s, and Lukasz benefitted from watching and learning from his dad....
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Austin Smith

1958 Chevrolet Apache from Beavercreek, OH

'I wanted to build one my way. The same thing goes for the color. I remember seeing a late '50's Chevy sedan in a magazine when i was about 15-16 years old, and I've wanted my future truck to be painted that same burgundy color ever since." - Austin Smith...
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David Phillips

1956 Chevrolet 3100 from Dade City, FL

Some builds go rather smoothly, and others builds tend to require a bit more time and effort. Then there are the projects that require the need to be completely blasted apart over the span of nearly a decade to finally reach the "show" stage. The latter projects are usually more interesting to read about (after the fact), and we recently learned about such a tale in the build-up of David Phillips' '56 Chevy Truck....
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Kevin Vail

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ from Clermont, FL

When it comes to Kevin Vail's personal Silverado daily driver, he chose option B. After having a lifted MegaCab Dodge for years, Kevin decided it was time for a change and "Got out of Dodge" as he says. After some debating and shopping around, Kevin decided to join team Chevrolet and bought himself a brand new 2016 Silverado 2500HD in Deep Ocean Blue Metallic; and ever since that day, quite a lot has happened to this once modest-looking blue bowtie....
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Addison Augusta

1956 Ford F100 Cache, Oklahoma

I did this and I am proud of it," he says, quickly adding, "At the end of the day, I guess I'm really just cheap!" Addison Augusta...
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Jeremy Pendergraft

1971 Ford F100 Hollis from Oklahoma

Jeremy Pendergraft from Hollis, Oklahoma, used to flip through the pages of his favorite truck magazines, dreaming that he would someday build his own. "When I was growing up, I would see trucks that were perfect, and it felt unreachable," he recalled....