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Building Custom Trucks Is A Family Affair For The Torosians Of Clovis, California

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Chris' Blue Custom 2003 GMC Sierra SLE Truck
Chris' Blue Custom 2003 GMC Sierra SLE Truck
In the 1960's, Jim Torosian purchased his first car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2 door hardtop. "It was fully stock, automatic transmission, 283 cubic inch V8, power everything. Of course, I pulled out the automatic transmission and put in a 4 speed manual, and then I put in a 327 cubic inch Corvette engine, along with many other modifications. I took it to a drag strip outside Fresno, California where anyone could race for a few dollars", Torosian said. Torosian's twin sons, Michael and Chris must have inherited their father's interest in cars and trucks. "When they were small, they would hang out at the Freightliner Truck dealership with their grandfather, sitting behind the wheels of the diesel trucks," says Torosian. "I would also take them to local car shows and shops."
Michael's 2002 Custom GMC Sierra SLE Truck
Michael's 2002 Custom GMC Sierra SLE Truck


When the twins turned 16, Jim purchased Michael's truck, a new, white 2002 GMC Sierra SLE. The next year, the family bought Chris' new blue 2003 GMC Sierra SLE. "We chose GMC over Chevy just to be different. It seemed like everyone was customizing Chevy's and GMC had a different front end and grill. On Michael's truck, we installed a Denali grill, headlights, maker lights and front bumper, which gave the truck a unique look." In fact, both trucks are so unique that they were featured individually in the September 2008 issue of Sport Truck Magazine. The articles praise both trucks for their innovative paint jobs, smooth body modifications and overall cool, clean looks.
The Torosian Family chooses K&N products because of the quality and reputation of the product.
The Torosian Family chooses K&N products because of the quality and reputation of the product.


The Torosian Family chooses K&N products over other air intake systems because of the quality and reputation of the product. Both trucks are outfitted with K&N products and the family appreciates their aesthetics, as well as their performance. "We purchased the chrome tube version and there is not a cleaner looking product on the market," says Jim. They have seen marked improvement in the performance and gas mileage of the trucks, as well. "We are definitely not racy with these trucks, but if the need arises to get on them a little, you can definitely hear and feel the air being sucked in the intake."

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about these trucks is that the family did not spend a fortune on the modifications, yet the trucks look like a million bucks. The custom truck world will definitely be watching this family to see what they come up with next!

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