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Vision at Hand- Superchip’s iHawk Phone-Based Monitoring and Gauge System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Years ago, when NASA had its eye on the moon, computers were used to crunch the numbers and keep watch on the missions. These computers were so large they filled entire buildings and teams of scientists were deployed just to program them to play solitaire. Nowadays, even the most basic smartphones have more computing power than the giants from the ‘60s. The same can be said for modern vehicles relying more and more on computers to not only control the engine, braking and other functions, but to read every aspect of how your vehicle is running, not just the basic gauges. All of this can be accessed and now, thanks to the folks at Superchips, it’s all available on your phone!

The new iHawk from Superchips is an OBDII wireless Bluetooth Linq module that works in conjunction with your iOS device to act not only as a gauge monitoring system but as a portable dyno, code scanner, data logger, drag strip, notification center and more. Once you plug in the iHawk, download the free app and link it up, you can start selecting parameters to monitor by way of analog or digital gauge readouts. One of the best aspects of viewing from your phone is the easy manipulation of different gauges. You caneven swipe through various screens to showcase all of the important information you need.


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Project Fast Lane Part 22

Friday, January 6th, 2012

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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. (more…)

Power Your Lifestyle

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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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. (more…)

Classic Chevy Nose Job

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

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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. (more…)

Fill ‘er Up

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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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. (more…)

Garage Therapy Part II

Monday, December 19th, 2011

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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. (more…)

Brass Tacks Part III

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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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. (more…)

The Leading Edge

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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LMC Truck has the Parts to Update 1973-87 C-10 Front Ends to an 1988-91 Blazer/Suburban-Style Nose

Back in 1973, GM designed a pickup body style that was complete departure from the style, underpinnings and overall look of its older 1967-72 brethren. The square body trucks got the fuel tank out of the cab and out from behind the seat, and a leaf spring rear suspension replaced the trailing arms found on 1967-72 trucks. These new squared-off Bow Ties of yesteryear were bought up by the masses and used as daily transportation and work trucks, with more than a few being transformed into mild custom cruisers and show trucks. (more…)

Street Runner–Stage 1

Monday, November 14th, 2011

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On and Off-Road Fun With ICON Vehicle Dynamics and Nitto Tires

Versatility is highly important to many truck enthusiasts right now. Many of us have combined our daily driver with our weekend toy, making both reliability and functionality important. Mild leveling kits are an easy way to get the look of an aggressive off-road beast and still keep drivability high for the every day commutes on and off freeways. Sure, you can take the truck over some dirt roads and have some fun, but the ride might be a little rough because a leveling kit helps gain ground clearance thanks to larger tires, but the suspension is still the factory setup. Pre-runners have become wildly popular in the last few years because the long travel setup offers the best ride while still offering the possibility of a little fun. (more…)

Get Shorty

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Turning a Crew Cab Long Bed C-10 into a Short Bed

It’s considered by some to be the holy grail of trucks, the crew cab short bed. For years the big car companies only produced crew cab long beds, leaving it up to custom builders to make one of their own. Todd Burton, owner of Lowboy Motorsports, has always wanted a crew cab short bed, and recently, he was presented with the opportunity to do just that. In exchange for some work, he got a ’91 Chevrolet 3/4-ton crew cab long bed truck that needed a little bit of work. He saw his opportunity and decided to go for it. (more…)