Part of what makes our jobs as automotive journalists so enjoyable is exploring with different shoot locations, props and scenes. Last Sunday evening I was fortunate enough to click off images of Jay Johnsons amazing pre-runner F-150 set against various Las Vegas backdrops. Bright lights and water shows were just a few of the Vegas staples we employed in this 3 hour shoot. Look for a full feature coming up in Street Trucks where we print the results of our adventure.
Archive for 2010
It’s here again. That time of year when we stay up at all hours of the night welding, grinding, sanding, blocking, priming, painting, wrenching and flat out falling over. Sema preparation tests us to the core every year but its all worth it when we roll a freshly finished project onto the show floor in Vegas. Check us out at SEMA this year at booth #22693 in Central Hall where we show off some killer trucks and hit the halls to report on the latest tricks and trends of the custom truck scene and industry. From tackling the massive show during the day to industry functions at night it stands to be one insane week hitting the rev limiter all the way.
From Race to Show and Back Again
1969 Chevrolet C-10
Long Beach, CA
Phillips & Co. Hot Rods
After spending years making other’s automotive dreams come true as the project manager for the television show Overhaulin’ Rob Phillips looked to make his own dream come true and opened up his own shop in Long Beach, California, Phillips & Co. Hot Rods. He knew he would need a flagship vehicle to showcase his shop’s services and his talents. Thankfully, he didn’t have to look very far; he had been working on redoing his 1969 Chevrolet C-10 on the side throughout the Overhaulin’ builds. The truck formerly found its home on the race track and at burnout exhibitions. It was fun, but needless to say it was all go and not a lot of show. The time for an update was now and the changes came quickly with the total rebuild taking less than a year to accomplish. That year was plenty of time for Rob’s shop to work its magic, after all he was used to putting out custom vehicles in 7 days!
The Lowdown on GM Performance Part’s E-ROD LS3 – Finding a Solution to SMOG Problems
For those of us that are looking to accomplish a complete motor swap in our trucks or a brand new build with the goal of more power and reliability, modern LS-based motors are currently the best ticket. They offer great control over power and reliability and are considered to be our generations SBC. The Small Block Chevrolet (SBC) engine has long been a staple of the customizing community. The engine has remained relatively unchanged for decades and thousands of parts are available for the SBC in case you want some added power. If you are looking to get past the 300 or 400 horsepower range however you would have to build up the engine greatly. This usually consists of a new performance parts including a hot camshaft, forged pistons, ported heads, etc.. The list goes on and the dent in the wallet deepens. But no matter how you cut it, once a emissions control referee pops the hood and sees a different motor that has been built up, red flags go off at the inspection and your truck will most likely only see the streets while sitting atop a trailer. A solution is needed that offers the best of both worlds, power and emissions compliance.
The guys over at Status in Rockwall, Texas did the unthinkable, they took a beat up but laid out Chevy C/K and bodyworked it, painted it, created a custom interior and finished it all off in just a single weekend! Here is a preview of the build thanks to Crime Pays Video/Weekend Celebrity Productions. Catch more on this build soon in Street Trucks Magazine!
If you are like me the only room in the house your wife will let you touch is the garage. I spend most of my time at home out there anyway so being a full throttle gear head when we moved into the house 3.5 years ago I began putting stuff up on the walls of the garage. Tin speed shop signs, pictures of trucks I have owned and built, drag racing swag etc. Well after all this time of putting stuff up I am almost out of space. A good friend of mine has commented that my garage is starting to look like a TGI Friday’s restaurant and that the garage definitely has an excess of FLAIR.
I don’t plan on stopping but the space is getting tight. Should I start tackling the drywall ceiling? Tack more stuff onto the wood beams above? Undoubtedly there will be more photos and art to come. The only other thing to do is move and get a bigger garage. If the wife has anything to say about it that bigger garage better come with a bigger house too.
When you are a kid pushing the limits of your parents boundaries is only natural. When you are a gearhead kid it’s worse as tickets and frequent rear tire purchases come with the territory. When I was a youngster terrorizing the streets of Southern California in my black Chevy shortbed I recall it was very difficult to break what my parents thought was a fair curfew. Why? Ihad dual two chamber Flowmaster mufflers echoing the power from my trucks mild 350 and Mom and Dad had pretty much memorized the sound my truck emitted from idle to wide open throttle. If I came home late there was no sneaking in undetected.
When my daughter starts driving maybe I should install some Flowmasters on whatever I build her?