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Stop, Drop & Drag: September 2008

October 27th, 2009

What, Me Worry?
ST-0809-jason-01_thumbYou may be asking yourself right now, “Who the heck is this guy?” Well, to satisfy your curiosity and to help start this column off, allow me to introduce myself: I am Jason Mulligan, the new staff editor for Street Trucks magazine.

My background is mainly in graphic design and marketing and I have spent the last few years building catalogs, ads and Web sites for wheel, tire and other automotive related companies. You may have also seen my editorial work recently in Tailgate magazine. I hope to bring my experience and style over to the pages of Street Trucks. I have always been a fan of this magazine that has become known for their beautiful features and dedication to the custom truck scene and the readers. My passion has always been custom vehicles and I have been lucky enough to have always made my work and passion one in the same.

My first vehicle was also my first truck, a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado. I still own it and have thrown more than enough money at it personalizing it and making it look like it does today. I have two other trucks: one is a Flintstones mobile in the shape of a ’89 Ford Ranger with a 5-inch body drop, and there is my daily, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic crew cab. After I totaled my Camaro Z28 (insert Dukes of Hazzard references here), I realized I should probably just stick to trucks and snatched this one up from the dealership.

The ‘red truck’ has reached somewhat mythical status amongst my friends as it sat in my garage for months due to some engine issues and waiting for the smog fairy to come help me out. Many of us have fallen victim to this with our custom vehicles. We all know the frustration that comes with problems and engine troubles that our trucks sometimes have. That frustration often leads to letting our trucks sit in the garage for months on end waiting to be taken out and cruised around as they rightfully should be. But life takes different turns and other priorities take over. One of the issues of letting a truck sit for an extended period of time is that it does not help the state of the vehicle, especially if it was not running right in the first place. Due to engine issues and the dreaded smog letter from the DMV I found myself going through batteries quicker than a teenagerís cell phone. Meanwhile, aside from the batteries, some of the fluids went bad along with dried out hoses and connections in the neglected truck.

Finally, I bit the bullet and installed a powerhouse of a battery from Kinetik and got the truck up and running so that it could get a full tune up, and I could figure out what was making the truck run so rough. Once that was accomplished, it felt good to cruise the truck around once again without any worries. Worrying is another downside of owning a show truck. Getting into an accident in a stock vehicle is not as big of a deal as it is in a custom one. Rather than just pulling up to an insurance body shop and tossing them the keys, a custom truck takes more expertise and care to be put back to the state it was before, all the while wondering if they are going to get the color matched, will be interior get messed up while at the shop, etc. We are often worried about not only damaging the vehicle somehow but also having it break down on us. A few weeks ago some fellow club members and I were heading up to a truck run a few hours away. Halfway there we had to make a stop and swap a truck with another vehicle that was on a trailer. The van we had worried about not making the trip made it there and back without any issues, while thanks to a cracked valve stem resulting in a blown tire, the truck initially driven there did not and had to be trailered the rest of the way.

Enjoy your truck, that’s why you customized it in the first place, and cruise it worry free!




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