We’ve been patiently anticipating the right time to showcase Jon and Logan Fulmer’s Purple Reign Blazer and Andy Day’s ToyRover project. We’ve been following the Blazer’s progress through months’ worth of email attachments since it was being built on the coast opposite of ours. The Fulmers started off with a rusted-out and rough reject of a Chevy, but with the right resources and their passion to keep the bright side in sight, they built a hopeless bucket into one of our favorite cover trucks in recent memory. And as far as the ToyRover is concerned, we’ve been sitting on these photos ever since it was shot in the dry lakebed on the outskirts of Las Vegas early last November. Andy utilized his own handiwork and vision to craft a sinister yet soulful pickup that flaunts a fragile blend of utilitarian and opulent naturescertainly not an easy feat to pull off correctly. The time was right for these two streamlined yet strikingly detailed specimens to share the same space in print.

Aside from the lineup of diverse features this month, freelance photog Kevin Whipps takes an insider’s look into one of the most notable custom establishments on the West CoastThe Interior Shop. Their name says it all, and the list of their high-profile clientele speaks yards about their ability to transform vinyl, fabric, and leather into posh works of art.

And to round off this issue, we’ve included a taillight swap tech piece from Sadistic Iron Werks to help you breathe some new life into your S-10 or any other truck that could stand to gain a few extra style points. Oh, and don’t overlook our spring/summer apparel guide for a few pointers on how to polish yourself up for the show season. Coach Lombardi couldn’t have said it better, we have to do the best with what we have, and working a fresh new lid, a crisp T-shirt or two, and a slick pair of shades into the rotation could do all us ugly guys some good.

Until next month,

John Mata Jr.