Busted Knuck­les



Movies can of­ten im­pact our lives in a cre­ative and pos­i­tive way. And that’s ex­actly what hap­pened to Ryan Shippy of Kansas City, Mis­souri. “The movie Mad Max was just re­leased, and I wanted to go see it,” Ryan tells Truckin. “I was fas­ci­nated with the mayhem and mad­ness these ve­hi­cles sym­bol­ized.” Ryan had a cou­ple of trucks at his house, but one in par­tic­u­lar be­came the fo­cus of his mo­ti­va­tion: a ’93 Chevy Blazer S-10.

Ryan de­cided to start by cut­ting the front fender off; when his friends got wind of his idea, they couldn’t un­der­stand his vi­sion. “You’re trash­ing this truck,” one friend said. But all their opin­ions started to change the minute Ryan fab­ri­cated a cus­tom snow­plow. The death plow, as he calls it, con­sists of the hood and bumper be­ing cut and welded to­gether into a sharp, ag­gres­sive look. The next step was busting out all the win­dows and giv­ing the cage ef­fect.

Of course, this truck needed more power if it was go­ing to play with the big boys, so Ryan added a V-8 to the Chevy. The in­te­rior took more imag­i­na­tion and some time. Ryan went to the shop and grabbed some re­bar from con­crete and started to shape it piece by piece un­til it started to form the evil feel he was look­ing for. Rat rod–style seats were added to com­plete the death vibe.

It was a long road to come up with some­thing unique in a sea of or­di­nary. Ryan wishes to thank Matt Kel­lam at Cold­harted Kus­toms for build­ing the cus­tom three-link. A spe­cial thank you is given to D.J. Pugh for help­ing with all the ran­dom work and pro­vid­ing mo­ti­va­tion to fin­ish the truck even when Ryan be­gan giv­ing up on it. Death Trap started as some­thing out of the box that no­body be­lieved would come to fruition, but Ryan proved them wrong and made a Mad Max–style piece of rolling art.

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