Street Trucks SEMA Road Tour & SEMA Show

January 18th, 2012

Street Trucks SEMA Road Tour & SEMA Show (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=djYldgy5tEc)

Orange Slice

January 13th, 2012

Owner: Mike Gonzales; 1973 Chevrolet C-10; Visalia, CA

This Central Cali C-10 Went From Farm Truck to Phenomenal

Mike Gonzalez of Visalia, California, has a typical Central California story. He grew up working on his family’s dairy farm and has been into custom trucks as long as he can remember. The fact that his custom C-10 used to be the family’s farm workhorse is just par for the course. Like many in the Central Valley, Mike took the beat-up work truck and set out to transform it into a hot rod that would make his family proud. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Are They Now?

January 10th, 2012

Rediscovering Iconic Trucks for Better or Worse

Ever wonder where a certain iconic truck disappeared to? Maybe it was the truck that got you into the custom truck scene or inspired your own build. The stories are as varied as the trucks themselves: some ended tragically, some end in rebirth. Read the rest of this entry »

Project Fast Lane Part 22

January 6th, 2012

Hill’s Hot Rods and JD Glassworks Reassemble This Classic Ford Hot Rod Truck Creation

Reassembling a custom truck project represents a milestone in the build process. As you turn every wrench and cinch down each bolt you start to see the light at the end of the tunnel—your project will soon be a stunning, low rolling reality. Suddenly all those late nights thrashing and transforming something from a battered basket case into a show-stopping head turner pay off as you get closer to turning the key, pulling the shifter into gear, applying pressure to the accelerator, and driving a truck that once seemed like it would never be road worthy again. Read the rest of this entry »

Power Your Lifestyle

December 30th, 2011

Electric Upgrades From Kinetik, Powermaster and Painless Performance

Kinetik offers several different models of power cells. To make things easier on the end user the model numbers correspond to the total watts necessary for your vehicle. The watts include your engine and stock accessories as well as all of the aftermarket goodies you install, including a stereo, air compressors and others. A factory setup can use 800-1,200 watts just to run the lights, engine and alternator. And most of the equipment, including battery, alternator and wiring, are set up to handle only that amount and not much more. Start adding accessories and it is easy to see that an upgraded battery is a must. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodguys Del Mar Autocross

December 30th, 2011

Classic Chevy Nose Job

December 27th, 2011

Installing new Parts up Front From LMC Truck

Since the initial body swap that landed our 1953 Chevy pickup body on an already airbagged 1994 S-10 chassis, we have been spending our free time crossing things off our long list of individual jobs that will get our classic closer to rolling down the road. Last issue we showed you how we installed a wood bed floor, but we did it at a raised elevation to clear our S-10 chassis’ step notch. This month we’re moving up front where we’re installing new bumper brackets, chrome bumper, filler, grille assembly, headlight buckets, headlights and headlight trim rings. Read the rest of this entry »

Fill ‘er Up

December 22nd, 2011

The Cure for Ditching Space-Hogging Stock Saddle Tanks on Your Square Body

One major bummer about the 1973-87 GM truck body style is the saddle tanks that sit outside of the frame rails on both sides of the truck just behind the cab. This design has even proved deadly, because the tanks are only protected by the bedside sheet metal and isn’t enough protection in the event of a side impact crash. Read the rest of this entry »

Garage Therapy Part II

December 19th, 2011

Bringing a Retro Small-Block Chevy Back to Life

This month we’re picking up where we left off by completing the rebuild of our 350/350 small-block Chevy engine. Part of that process was deciding what would be reused and what needed to be replaced.  As we mentioned before, this engine was originally built for drag racing, and therefore, had high compression pistons, solid lifters and cam, very stiff valve springs, etc. It was easy to eliminate those parts from the “keep” pile, but some others, like the timing chain, pushrods, oil pump and carburetor weren’t so easy. I really wanted to keep as many of the original parts as possible, but advancements made with some of today’s parts were just too hard to overlook. The carburetor is an excellent example of this. Read the rest of this entry »

Brass Tacks Part III

December 15th, 2011

Bringing up the Rear With Currie Enterprises

The last time we saw Brass Tacks, a ‘76 GMC K5 Jimmy being transformed into a roadstered street rod over at Status in Rockwall, Texas, its front suspension was fully mocked up on a frame table. The front suspension consisted of the Quality Air Ride front raised cross member for the C-10 platform that provides clearance for the frame to lay flat, but also consists of mounts, new control arms and more. The cross member was assembled with a Flamin’ River Mustang II power rack-and-pinion, as well as a C-10 big brake kit from McGaughys Suspension that consists of drop spindles and 13-inch rotors. The goal is to build a complete frame using this as a base. The rear suspension will also need a base, which is where a Currie Enterprises rearend comes into play. Read the rest of this entry »