Archive for August, 2011

Actron Allows you to Take a Look at Your Battery/Alternator Health to Prevent a Roadside Breakdown

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

This versatile charging system (battery and alternator) tester requires no internal battery of its own and is compact for maximum convenience, an insurance policy for your battery/alternator for less than 30 bucks.

With the summer season upon us, heat and vibration from long road trips can kill your truck’s battery. Even if the gauge in your truck reads that you’re in the clear, there’s no telling if your battery or alternator may head south on you when you’re out on the road. (more…)

Legends Never Fade

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

It was July 21 and I was in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Heat Wave Show when I got a very painful call from Bill Hancock of Colorado Custom Wheels. My friend, co-worker and the man who influenced me to pursue automotive publishing, Courtney “Tito” Halowell had passed away. (more…)

Shop Trucks in the Spotlight

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Affordable, Fun to Drive and Packed With Character

If you have built custom trucks or hot rods for any length of time, you are undoubtedly beginning to realize that those that are the most fun to own are also those that you can drive, hard. A truck you can lean against, scratches and nicks, and toss stuff in the bed without a blanket have proven to be those where you can find maximum enjoyment behind the wheel. (more…)

Orange Blossom Special

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Neil and Jackie Utt - 1957 Ford F-100 - Mt. Airy, NC

Not many people can say they have owned or been around the same vehicle for 52 years, but it seems like years ago people used to keep their trucks a lot longer than they do today. Neil Utt of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, has been bonded to the orange ’57 F-100 stretched across these pages since he was knee high to a grasshopper. The truck was purchased by his father, James Utt, in 1959 and was dear old dad’s daily driver until 1994 when he handed Neil the keys with a request to make her shine again. This old workhorse had been run hard hauling numerous loads of gravel and wood throughout Neil’s youth, and when he turned 16, Neil even took his driver’s test behind the wheel of the trusty old Ford. Fishing and hunting trips in the truck with dad when Neil as a kid and memories of teen date nights, fueled the rebuild of the original red and white two-tone pickup. (more…)

Project Greystone 7: Dress up and Final Details

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

We are wrapping up the custom paint and graphics on Project Greystone over at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California. The crew cab has undergone a subtle two-tone paint scheme with custom graphics laid out and sprayed by Theresa Contreras. We have BASF R-M Onyx HD waterborne materials for everything from the primer to the Lexus Smoky Granite Mica and Greystone Metallic paint to the clearcoat. The VOC-compliant paint system from BASF keeps us out of trouble with the EPA while still maintaining a great finish with all of the benefits of traditional solvent-based systems. After the truck was baked, color sanded and buffed to a perfect shine, the reassembly process began. (more…)

Project Greystone 6: Paint Graphics and Texture Tricks

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

We brought our Project Greystone truck, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic crew cab, to L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, to begin the paint process using BASF R-M Onyx HD waterborne materials. Our goal is to keep the clean, monochromatic look with a subtle two-tone broken up with highly detailed graphics that bring a few tricks and different textures to the plate. Finishing it all off are a few custom-painted parts and a Street Scene EQ Gen I front bumper cover and RECON Smoked LED taillights supplied by the folks at Stylin’ Trucks. (more…)

Project Greystone V: Prep for Paint

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Adding Some Style With BASF Automotive Refinish, L&G Enterprises and Stylin’ Trucks

A custom paint job whether mild or wild is one of the most attention-grabbing aspects of a custom truck. The combinations are truly endless using different colors, graphic elements and other tricks. When the time came to apply new paint to our crew cab Silverado project dubbed Project Greystone, we wanted to keep with the theme of creating a custom truck inspired by luxury vehicles. (more…)

Ride Dirty No More

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Giving your Daily Driver a Full Show Detail With Adam’s Polishes

Detailing your show truck can be a simple task if your truck is kept garaged and driven only to cruise nights and shows. You can simply hit the finish with some quick detailer and a microfiber towel, maybe polish up the wheels every once in a while, and wax it when you feel like it. But what about those of us who drive their custom trucks to work every day, on road trips, and then want to take them to weekend shows? Road grime, rainwater, snow and bird droppings plague the custom finish. Brake dust clouds the wheels, and evidence of daily use is apparent inside the cab. A full show detail is a must. (more…)