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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…)

Loss of an MMA Brother

Monday, October 24th, 2011
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Courtney Halowell: 1968-2011

“I’m just a fat guy who rides a Harley.”

I looked directly at Courtney when he said that to me during a company picnic and chuckled. I laughed not because I agreed with him but because I thought it was humorous that he felt the need to describe himself that way. (more…)

Blood, Sweat & Gears

Friday, October 14th, 2011
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Chad Pickering; 1986.5 Nissan Hardbody; Oroville, CA; Severed Ties-Petitioning

The Little Kid Gets Big Shoes and a V-8

Mini-truckers are a unique breed of enthusiast. They build some of the most insanely detailed and modified trucks on the planet, and if told that they will never be able to pull off a certain modification or stuff a certain size wheel under their truck, the gloves are off and they run for the tools. Chad Pickering of Oroville, California, got the mini-truck influence from his dad who is a member of Severed Ties. Of course, working at his dad’s body shop certainly helped gets Chad’s gearhead adrenaline flowing, and being mere minutes away from Grant Kustoms, the metal gods, coaxed him into their chopping, cutting, section, shaving and metal reshaping cult. (more…)

Tito, Por Vida

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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It has been a rough week since Courtney “Tito” Halowell passed away. From crying to smiling about him and the memories we shared what has helped is getting together with our closest friends and sharing stories. Tito was a complicated man, and no one understands him but his woman…wait, that’s shaft. Tito was everything from a friend, co-worker, mentor, etc. To me. He helped me and gave me tips and advice when i was just starting out doing website stuff. Even ‘til now we sought each other’s opinions and helped each other out with everything from Photoshop work to articles and more. What i will always remember is the laughter and kindness. (more…)

Courtney’s Song

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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Below is an excerpt from Courtney’s first column in Muscle Car Power:

A  lot of you may already know me, but for those who don’t, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Courtney Halowell and I am indeed a guy, though the first name does elicit some confusion, especially for people sending me email or leaving voicemail messages. The second I see or hear “Ms. Halowell” I usually hit the delete button out of habit— just fair warning if you’re trying to get a hold of me. (more…)

Legends Never Fade

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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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…)

SEMA Crunch

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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Ah, SEMA that four letter word that we love and hate at the same time. It is the motivation to finish our project trucks each year, and for some strange reason, decide to start new builds merely weeks before the deadline. The highs and lows of emotions felt throughout the build process culminates in the proud moment when one rolls into the Las Vegas convention center and begins wiping down the fresh paint as camera flashes pop. (more…)

Classic Lines With Pro Touring Prowess

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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Scott and Susan Gifford, 1968 Ford F-100, Valley Head, AL

It’s no secret that trucks that can hang a corner and dice through the cones have taken off like wildfire. Why should the muscle car guys have all the fun? After all, most trucks are plentiful and a lot more affordable to get into than an early Chevelle or Camaro. If you have the skills to turn your own wrenches, and in some cases build your own parts, a little sweat equity can push your project to new levels. Scott Gifford of Valley Head, Alabama, is a machinist by trade and has been a custom truck and hot rod enthusiast for the past 25 years. He had always had a soft spot for the 1967-72 Ford F-100 pickups because his dad had one and Scott remembers riding shotgun as a kid. One afternoon on the way home from his machine shop, Scott spotted a well-worn ’68 F-100 sitting in a local junkyard. He had driven by the truck several times before and often thought about stopping, but something was telling him today was the day to ask about the old workhorse. He learned that the truck was destined for the crusher the next day, so without hesitation he pulled a crisp $100 bill from his wallet and the Ford was his. (more…)

Street Trophy Truck

Monday, March 7th, 2011

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Off-road trucks have to be engineered and crafted to a level of precision that ensures their safe and successful journey through some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. When set-up properly, a well-tuned off-road truck can be one of the most exciting vehicles to drive, especially when it’s set-up to play on the blacktop, too! (more…)

This Silverado is Green With Envy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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Paul Dolgner 2004 Chevy Silverado La Verkin, UT Severed Ties

Every custom truck has a unique story behind its build. When setting your eyes on flawless bed-equipped beauty, laid flat out at a show, or stretched across the pages of your favorite truck magazine, it’s guaranteed there is a great story about how it got there. Paul Dolgner of La Verkin, Utah, has been addicted to custom trucks for the past 16 years, initially being influenced by his cousin Jared, who had a lowered S-10 when Paul was a youngster. Fast forward several years and three custom trucks, one S-10 Blazer and one Regal on hydros (we’ll pretend that didn’t happen) later, and Paul was itching for another custom truck. For the first three years the Silverado was in the Dolgner stable it served as a daily driver dropped on some custom rolling stock with a bit of stereo work. His wife at the time did not support his custom truck hobby, and after encouraging him to sell his last custom truck, surely she was not going to green light another build. Paul hung loose for a while, but the build itch was beginning to creep back up. After a divorce and a bad accident where the truck was rear-ended, Paul dug into the Silverado by shaving a few things and adding some graphics. His custom itch was satisfied for a while, but the bug to go full throttle bit again, luckily right around the time Paul met his wife Brittney, who inspired him to create his dream truck, backing him up 100 percent of the way. (more…)