Archive for June, 2011

The Perfect 10

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Building a Stronger 20-Bolt GM Rear Differential

Growing up in an automotive environment, I always heard how the GM 12-bolt rear differential was the superior model over the GM 10-bolt model.  When I asked why, most of my mentors treated my question as if it were a line from the Spinal Tap. “They have 12 bolts and not 10, so they’re better.” (more…)

No Limit Challenge

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Trucks and Muscle Cars Battle It Out at Adams Motorsports Park

In today’s world of high-performance trucks it’s not enough to go fast in a straight line. To hang with the big boys you need to be able to hammer through the hairpins and carve the corners. Several suspension and brake companies have tuned their products toward that effort. There is simply nothing like pounding on the skinny pedal and shaking your fist at the shifter as you throttle your way through a curvy asphalt playground. (more…)

Micro Machines

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Hottest Mini-Trucks to Build

Mini-trucks have been popular for several years because they are affordable and get great fuel mileage. For many custom truck guys and gals the mini-truck movement has been going strong since their high school days, when import pickups with cranked down torsion bars, lowering blocks and Porsche alloys ruled the streets. When air shocks were introduced to the scene, mini-truck fanatics could not wait to get their tiny treasures even further in the weeds as they rolled with the sun shining into the cab through a sliding ragtop, cranking Rob Bass. It’s wild to see how the trends have evolved from machined 16-inch Suburban wheels and chrome Pathfinder wheels to body drops and billets. Those kids who were once rolling to river runs with just enough money for fuel, beer and a bag of chips are all grown up now and building minis that are flat on the ground with tons of body modifications and even some with V-8 power. There is another generation of truck kids right behind them, hungry to start on a project. (more…)

Syborg TT

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Owner: Martin McGuire, 1992 GMC Sonoma, Downers Grove, IL

This Sonoma Puts Down Plenty of Twin Turbo Power

The fundamental notion of hot rodding is putting a massive amount of power into a small package. Looking good while doing it doesn’t hurt either. In the truck world, the S-10 and Sonoma platforms fill the bill for small packages that still have plenty of room under the hood to make a massive rubber footprint when the gas pedal is slammed down. (more…)

Dirty

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Tom Price, 2000 Dodge Ram, Olive Branch, MS, Negative Camber

Tom Price’s 2000 Dodge Ram

The show board that Tom Price of Olive Branch, Mississippi, puts out for his ‘00 Dodge Ram kind of reads like a who’s-who of the truck scene in the Dirty South.  When you find out that Don Bracken from Innovative Customs, Clyde from Silver Star Customs, Eric from Little Shop of Horrors and Billy at Unique Custom Fabrications have all had a hand in building this drop-dead gorgeous Ram, it all starts to make sense. (more…)

Project Fast Lane Part 19

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Hill’s Hot Rods and JD Glassworks Get Fast Lane’s Smoothed Metal and Slick Interior Ready for Paint

Custom paintwork laid over arrow-straight panels really sets the tone for the first impression your truck makes on the scene. A good combination of custom colors combined with a clean graphic treatment or simple pinstripe color separation can give your truck a bold look that makes it a standout at every show. With custom paintwork the quality of the finished product is only as good as the bodywork underneath. If you want your truck to drop jaws the minute someone’s eye balls wander in its direction, you better be willing to put in the time to make it perfectly straight, or find a professional paint and body shop to do it for you. (more…)