The basic function of a supercharger is to add power and torque by increasing the aiflow into the engine and providing more oxygen for combustion, this allows for added power and the ability to retune the computer a bit to push the speed envelope even farther. A supercharger kit is one of the most efficient, emissions-compliant and reliable ways to add a massive amount of power. We headed up to Oxnard, California, to a 60,000-sq-ft facility where a brand-new Lysholm 2300 twin screw supercharger was installed on an ‘08 GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.3L engine. Stock, the truck was dyno’d at 235 horses and ft-lbs of torque. After the simple installation of the supercharger and retune of the computer for fuel and air management using the provided handheld tuner, the truck now puts down close to 380 horses and 375 ft-lbs of torque. (more…)
Archive for January, 2011
Our love of custom trucks and hot rods is like catching bug, and it’s usually acquired at a very young age. Generally caught by the frequent sight of our fathers wrenching on their cars in the driveway, or attending car shows and riding in the middle seat. (more…)
If necessity is the mother of invention, then she must have wanted to “link” the back of her truck. How do I know that? If she wanted her truck to lay out, then she had to do something with those stock leaf springs. One of the ways to do so would be to remove the leaf springs, replacing them with a link-style rear suspension for more range of axle travel, which increases ride height adjustability. (more…)
While the custom truck scene is packed with rides that sit flat on the ground and stuff giant wheels there is something to be said for a mild street cruiser that can haul people, tow a trailer, run parts and handle the daily commute while your show truck rests in the garage. A static drop can provide years of trouble-free cruising and set the attitude for your daily driver and still keep your truck practical. (more…)
Most custom trucks on the road today started with a dream and a stock pickup begging to be set flat on the ground and smoothed from grille to tailgate. As we flex our creative muscle on sheet metal that drive to take a project further always lingers in our subconscious. Andrew Merkel of Webster, New York, is a custom truck fanatic at heart, and built the metallic blue, body-dropped S-10 laid flat out across these pages as a way to shout his best tune into the custom truck microphone. We heard you, Andrew, and toss a king-sized thumb in the air for this little blue jewel that puts chins on the pavement in Upstate New York.
Part of the reason I got into automotive publishing is because I love custom trucks, hot rods and everything that shines, rumbles and sits low to ground. The other reason I dove head first into magazine work is because I have a deep passion for creative writing and photography, and I didn’t want to wear a suit and tie every day. Sure, I’ll clean up when a business meeting demands it, but most of the time a pair of denims and some sort of truck or hot rod T-shirt makes up my daily wardrobe, as I drive to work in my Chevy pickup and write about the best damn hobby on the planet. I consider myself very lucky to get to work in an industry that I truly enjoy with some of the finest gearheads around. My version of a board meeting is Mulligan and I talking trucks, cover options, tech stories, trends and the like over a couple of cheeseburgers; or planning an issue of Street Trucks at the workbench surrounded by tools, nuts and bolts, grease and oil as Hair Nation pumps out a little aural entertainment. This brings me to the point of my ramblings this month. Street Trucks has always been filled with badass trucks, the hottest shows and a combination of mild to wild tech stories, but the book has also had an overdose of humor and entertainment, too! Funny photos of guys from shows wearing dresses for club initiation, or a grown man who decided to sleep in a princess tent at the river, always make me crack a smile and chuckle. So, when it comes to photographic antics and humorous reporting don’t expect us to slow down one bit. In addition to attempting to make your sides split in between viewing low rolling art and spark-tossing tech stories, this also provides a little occupational therapy for us. Anytime we can turn just another story into a piece you continually revisit because it informed and entertained, then we have done our job.
Back in the old days when ambitious young hot rodders began playing with their coupes, roadsters and sedans there was usually a hangout spot where a group of buddies would corral on a Friday or Saturday night to turn wrenches and squeeze a bit more speed and style out of their cars. They didn’t have any fancy shop full of tools, just a two-car garage and a stretch of driveway to work in while knuckle busting their way to a dream. Today (aside from technology and a few more tools) times are really no different.